Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 10/26/11
I am so use to talking about the Kansas City Royals as a last place team, and a barely major league team. Much like the Pittsburgh Pirates, the KC Royals have often served as a triple a affiliate for the other 29 MLB teams at the trading deadline. Now it seems that they have a nice core of young players and if they do things right could keep them under team control and relatively cheap and become a much better organization. The bad news of course is they did finish 71-91. They were 32-40 against the four other teams in their division, and went just 5-13 in inter-league play. They did not finish in last place, but there is still a lot of work to do.  There is a lot of good news here. The team scored 730 runs on 1,560 hits. The team batting average was .275 and that was fourth best in the American League. Most of the regular starters are in their mid twenties, and if the General Manger is doing his job, he could effectively keep this group of players together for the foreseeable future.
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