Originally written on i70baseball  |  Last updated 11/19/14
All the talk since the All Star break has been how the Kansas City Royals may actually be ready to hit the free agent market for some starting pitching. Well, July 21st marks the 20th anniversary of just how wrong things can go when you go shopping. For those of us who pine for the good old days of Royals baseball, we recall how the era came crashing down at the feet of one man – reliever Mark Davis. Coming off a 92-win season, the Royals were ready to load up for another run at the pennant. And who would expect less, with a lineup of George Brett, Willie Wilson, Frank White, Bo Jackson, Danny Tartabull, Kevin Seitzer and youngsters Mike McFarlane and Brian McRae. The rotation was equally stacked with Bret Saberhagen and Mark Gubicza being joined by 22-year-olds Kevin Appier and Tom Gordon. But the team had no established closer, and prior to the 1990 season, the best one in baseball became available. With San Diego in 1989, Davis saved 44 games, made his second straight All Star a...
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