This Date In Royals History–May 1, 2007

2007: The first four Angels to bat all scored, putting the Royals in a hole they could not dig out of in a 7-5 loss at Kauffman Stadium. Anaheim got to Royals starter Zack Greinke right away, as Gary Matthews, Reggie Willits, and Orlando Cabrera all singled to load the bases. Vladimir Guerrero worked the count to 3-1 before belting a pitch over the wall in left-center for a 4...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

30-1 MLB countdown previews: #9 Royals

The Kansas City Royals have not been to the playoffs since 1985. They have had all losing seasons since 1995 except one (2003 under Tony Pena: 83-79). The organization has had some terrible drafts and not caught a lot of breaks since the early 1990s. However, General Manager Dayton Moore had built a strong farm system bringing prospects like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon...
March 24, 2013  |  Discuss

The Kansas City Royals decade of success: 1976-1985

Thinking about the Kansas City Royals and their history, there has not been much of it since their 1985 World Series Championship. They have not been back to the postseason since. An expansion team in 1969, they were initially managed by Hall of Famer Joe Gordon. They enjoyed some success under subsequent managers Bob Lemon and Jack McKeon, with the latter leading the team to 91...
October 19, 2012  |  Discuss

A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1988

After being as close to a perpetual contender as any team in the National League East, the Pirates went through what was to my teenage eyes the worst three years imaginable. 1984, 1985 and 1986 saw the Pirates finish dead last each season. Back then, I thought that three year stretch of futility and hopelessness was the worst the team would ever experience. As Bob Seger once penned...
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February 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Kenley Jansen’s Dominant Fastball

Every year it seems we hear about a former position player trying to transition to the mound in order to save his professional career. Two years ago, it was Tony Pena Jr. with the Royals who moved from a light-hitting shortstop to reliever. In 2010, Sergio Santos of the Chicago White Sox grabbed headlines after making the big leagues as a shutdown reliever after struggling for a...
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November 30, 2011  |  Discuss
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