Originally written on i70baseball  |  Last updated 2/10/12
Offense puts them in the seats.  Pitching and defense gets them to come back.  Yes, if you score a lot of runs and have a lot of flashy offensive numbers the fans will surely come and watch your team.  But wins are what fans are looking for and that is what defense achieves. The 2011 Royals showed vast improvement in their play on the field. Having such a young team will be a test for players who are stilling learning how to play at such a high level. But by all means having those players play a full season could have even a bigger impact in the field this season. In his first full season in left field, Alex Gordon, proved that a position change may have been exactly what he needed to give his career the spark it needed.  In 1309 innings, Gordon had 20 outfield assists with only three errors, earning him a Gold Glove. Not only that, the outfield for the 2011 Royals as a whole racked up 51 total assists. Of those 51, 13 came from now San Francisco Giant, Melky Cabrera. So Lorenzo Ca...
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