Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City
By JEFFREY FLANAGAN  |  Last updated 10/1/13
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Phase One of Royals general manager Dayton Moore's master plan was completed in 2013. As Moore had hoped to do by acquiring Ervin Santana and James Shields, and re-signing Jeremy Guthrie last off-season, he indeed re-established a winning culture with the Royals. The Royals enjoyed their first winning season in 10 years, and won their most games (86) since they won 92 games in 1989. And almost as important to Moore, he reignited a dormant fan base as the Royals stayed in the playoff chase all the way until the last week of the season. "For the first time in a long time we have a fan base from all levels of life (young to old)," Moore said at a season-ending news conference Tuesday. "This baseball team has brought joy to the young people and elderly. There is emotion and expectation and excitement. "You know, in a small way, I feel like we've won the World Series because of the way we have (re)captured our fan base. We're bringing a lot of joy to these people...
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