Since putting a 29-year postseason dry spell behind them in 2014, the Kansas City Royals have been a consistent force in the American League’s ever-competitive Central Division. After returning to the playoffs a year prior, KC went on to down the New York Mets to claim the 2015 World Series — the franchise’s first since the days of George Brett and Bret Saberhagen in 1985. Kauffman Stadium has been hopping all along, and Royals tickets are always in demand.
Kansas City Royals Team Info
In essence, the Royals' rebirth traces back to the 2014 postseason, when trailing the Oakland A’s 7-3 in the winner-take-all Wild Card Game, Kansas City stormed back to win 9-8. The team swept its next two series against the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles, before falling to the San Francisco Giants in seven tight World Series games. The Royals would take it one step further in 2015, the year they rewarded their passionate fan base with their first World Series title in three decades. Much of that nucleus has since moved on, including Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Johnny Cueto, Lorenzo Cain, Wade Davis and Ben Zobrist, with GM Dayton Moore looking to rebuild from the ground up. Speedster Billy Hamilton, a free agent signing in the offseason, should help Moore's cause, with veteran support from players like catcher Salvador Perez.
Kansas City Royals History
Part of the 1969 Major League Baseball expansion, the Royals came into existence along with the San Diego Padres, Seattle Pilots and Montreal Expos, playing at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium until the completion of Kauffman Stadium in 1973. The Royals have since captured seven division titles, four AL pennants, and two World Series titles (1985, 2015). Beloved stars like George Brett, Frank White, Bret Saberhagen, Amos Otis and Bo Jackson have helped to establish the team as a fundamental part of the Kansas City sports community.
Kansas City Royals Greatest Moments
Down 3-1 to rival St. Louis in the “I-70 Showdown Series” of 1985, Dick Howser’s Kansas City Royals stormed back to defeat their interstate foes and claim the franchise’s maiden World Series title. The turning point didn’t come without controversy. With the Royals trailing 1-0 and on the verge of elimination in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6, KC’s Jorge Orta led off with a ground ball toward first baseman Jack Clark, who in turn flipped the ball to pitcher Todd Worrell. Umpire Don Denkinger infamously called Orta safe, despite television replays that clearly showed Worrell beating him to the base. The visitors argued the call to no avail, and the Royals went on to win the game and, the following night, the Series.
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