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The Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
are an American professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals compete in Major League Baseball
Baseball
(MLB) as a member team of the American League
American League
(AL) Central division. The team was founded as an expansion franchise in 1969, and has participated in four World Series, winning in 1985 and 2015, and losing in 1980 and 2014. The name Royals originates from the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, rodeo, and championship barbeque competition held annually in Kansas City since 1899.[3] The name also fits into something of a theme for other professional sports franchises in the city, including the Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
of the NFL, the former Kansas City Kings
Kansas City Kings
of the NBA, and the former Kansas City Monarchs
Kansas City Monarchs
of the Negro National League. In 1968, the team held a name-the-team contest that received more than 17,000 entries. Sanford Porte, a bridge engineer from the suburb of Overland Park, Kansas was named the winner for his “Royals” entry. His reason had nothing to do with royalty. “Kansas City’s new baseball team should be called the Royals because of Missouri’s billion-dollar livestock income, Kansas City’s position as the nation’s leading stocker and feeder market and the nationally known American Royal
American Royal
parade and pageant,” Porte wrote. The team’s board voted 6-1 on the name, with the only opposition coming from team owner Ewing Kauffman, who eventually changed his vote and said the name had grown on him.[4] Entering the American League
American League
in 1969 along with the Seattle Pilots, the club was founded by Kansas City businessman Ewing Kauffman. The franchise was established following the actions of Stuart Symington, then- United States Senator
United States Senator
from Missouri, who demanded a new franchise for the city after the Athletics (Kansas City's previous major league team that played from 1955 to 1967) moved to Oakland, California
Oakland, California
in 1968. Since April 10, 1973, the Royals have played at Kauffman Stadium, formerly known as Royals Stadium. The new team quickly became a powerhouse, appearing in the playoffs seven times from 1976 to 1985, winning one World Series
World Series
championship and another AL pennant, led by stars such as Amos Otis, Hal McRae, John Mayberry, George Brett, Frank White, Willie Wilson, and Bret Saberhagen. The team remained competitive throughout the early 1990s, but then had only one winning season from 1995 to 2012. For 28 consecutive seasons (1986–2013), the Royals did not qualify to play in the Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
postseason, one of the longest postseason droughts during baseball's current wild-card era. The team broke this streak in 2014 by securing the franchise's first wild card berth and advancing to the World Series. The Royals followed this up by winning the team's first Central Division title in 2015 and defeating the Mets for their first World Series
World Series
title in 30 years.

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 1969–1979: Taking off 1.2 1980–1984: From pennant to pine tar incident 1.3 1985: "The I-70 Series"

1.3.1 1985 World Series

1.4 1986–1994: Staying in the picture 1.5 1995–2002: Decline in the post-Kauffman era 1.6 2003: A winning season 1.7 2004–2008: Rock bottom 1.8 2009–2012: Kauffman renovations and further rebuilding 1.9 2013: Return to respectability 1.10 2014: Return to the World Series 1.11 2015: World Series
World Series
champions

2 Rivalries

2.1 St. Louis Cardinals 2.2 Historic rivalry

3 Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Famers

3.1 Ford C. Frick Award
Ford C. Frick Award
recipients

4 Other players of note

4.1 Team captains 4.2 Missouri
Missouri
Sports Hall of Fame 4.3 Retired numbers 4.4 Hall of Fame

5 Current roster 6 Managers 7 Minor league affiliations 8 Season records 9 Radio and television 10 Mascot 11 See also 12 References 13 External links

Franchise history[edit] Main article: History of the Kansas City Royals For historical Kansas City baseball franchises, see List of past and present Kansas City sports teams. 1969–1979: Taking off[edit] The Royals began play in 1969 in Kansas City, Missouri. In their inaugural game, on April 8, 1969, the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 4–3 in 12 innings.

The Royals wore their trademark powder blue road uniforms from 1973 to 1991 and reintroduced it in 2008 as an alternate jersey.[5]

The team was quickly built through a number of trades engineered by its first General Manager, Cedric Tallis, including a trade for Lou Piniella, who won the Rookie of the Year during the Royals' inaugural season, center fielder Amos Otis, who became the team's first great star, first baseman John Mayberry, who provided power, second baseman Cookie Rojas, shortstop Fred Patek, designated hitter Hal McRae, and others. The Royals also invested in a strong farm system and soon developed such future stars as pitchers Paul Splittorff, Dennis Leonard, and Steve Busby, infielders George Brett
George Brett
and Frank White, and outfielder Al Cowens. In 1971, the Royals had their first winning season, with manager Bob Lemon leading them to a second-place finish. In 1973, under manager Jack McKeon, the Royals adopted their iconic "powder blue" road uniforms and moved from Municipal Stadium to the brand-new Royals Stadium (now known as Kauffman Stadium). The 1973 All-Star Game was hosted at Royals Stadium, with Otis and Mayberry in the AL starting lineup. The event was previously held at Municipal Stadium in 1960, when the Athletics were based in Kansas City. Manager Whitey Herzog
Whitey Herzog
replaced McKeon in 1975, and the Royals quickly became the dominant franchise in the American League's Western Division, winning three straight division championships from 1976 to 1978. However, the Royals lost to the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
in three straight American League
American League
Championship Series encounters. 1980–1984: From pennant to pine tar incident[edit] After the Royals finished in second place in 1979, Herzog was fired and replaced by Jim Frey. Under Frey, the Royals rebounded in 1980 and advanced to the ALCS, where they again faced the Yankees. The Royals vanquished the Yankees in a three-game sweep punctuated by a George Brett home run off of Yankees' star relief pitcher Goose Gossage. After reaching their first World Series, the Royals fell to the Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies
in six games. Game 6 was also significant because it remains the most-watched game in World Series
World Series
history with a television audience of 54.9 million viewers.[6]

The baseball bat used by third baseman George Brett
George Brett
in the "Pine Tar Incident" on July 24, 1983

In July 1983, while the Royals were headed for a second-place finish behind the Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox
another chapter in the team's rivalry with the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
occurred. In what has come to be known as "the Pine Tar Incident", umpires discovered illegal placement of pine tar (more than 18 inches up the handle) on third baseman George Brett's bat after he had hit a two-run home run off Gossage that put the Royals up 5–4 in the top of the 9th. After Yankee Manager Billy Martin came out of the dugout to talk to home plate umpire Tim McClelland, McClelland and the other umpires mulled over the bat (measuring it over home plate, touching it, etc.). McClelland then pointed to Brett in the dugout and gave the "out" sign, disallowing the home run. Enraged, Brett stormed out of the dugout toward McClelland and Martin, and McClelland ejected Brett. The homer was later reinstated by AL President Lee MacPhail, and the Royals won the game after it was resumed several weeks later. The 1983 season was also notable for some transitional changes in the Royals organization. First, owner Ewing Kauffman
Ewing Kauffman
sold 49% of his interest to Memphis developer Avron Fogelman. Second, John Schuerholz was named general manager. Schuerholz soon bolstered the farm system with pitchers Bud Black, Danny Jackson, Mark Gubicza, David Cone, and Bret Saberhagen, as well as hitters such as Kevin Seitzer. Thanks to the sudden and surprising maturation (specifically, in pitching) of most of the aforementioned players, the Royals won their fifth division championship in 1984, relying on Brett's bat and the young pitching staff of Saberhagen, Gubicza, Charlie Leibrandt, Black and Jackson. The Royals were then swept by the Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers
in the American League
American League
Championship Series. The Tigers went on to win the World Series. 1985: "The I-70 Series"[edit] Further information: 1985 Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
season

The Commissioner's Trophy from the 1985 World Series
1985 World Series
at Royals Stadium

In the 1985 regular season the Royals topped the Western Division for the sixth time in ten years, led by Bret Saberhagen's Cy Young Award-winning performance and George Brett's self described best "all around year." Throughout the ensuing playoffs, the Royals came back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits, but managed to win the Series. In game three, with KC down 2 games to 0, George Brett
George Brett
homered twice and doubled off the fence in right field to put Kansas City back into the series. With the Royals down three-games-to-one in the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Royals eventually rallied to win the series 4–3. 1985 World Series[edit] Main article: 1985 World Series In the 1985 World Series
1985 World Series
(nicknamed the "I-70 Series" because the two teams are both located in the state of Missouri
Missouri
and connected by Interstate 70) against the cross-state St. Louis Cardinals, the Royals again fell behind, three games to one. The key game in their comeback was Game 6. Facing elimination, the Royals trailed 1–0 in the bottom of the 9th inning, before rallying to score two runs and win.[7] 1986–1994: Staying in the picture[edit] The Royals maintained a reputation as one of the American League West's top teams throughout the late 1980s. The club posted a winning record in three of the four seasons following its 1985 World Series championship, while developing young stars such as Bo Jackson, Tom Gordon, and Kevin Seitzer.[8] The Royals finished the 1989 season with a 92–70 record (third-best in the major leagues) but did not qualify for the playoffs, finishing second in their division behind the eventual World Series
World Series
champion Oakland Athletics.[8]

George Brett
George Brett
bats during a 1990 game at Royals Stadium.

At the end of the 1989 season, the team boasted a powerhouse pitching rotation, including the AL Cy Young Award-winner Bret Saberhagen (who set franchise record 23 wins that year), two-time All-Star Mark Gubicza (a 15-game winner in 1989) and 1989 AL Rookie of the Year runner-up Tom Gordon
Tom Gordon
(who won 17 games that year).[9] But the organization felt it was still missing a few necessary pieces to give its divisional rival Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics
a run for their money.[10] So prior to the 1990 season, the Royals acquired Mark Davis, the 1989 National League
National League
Cy Young Award-winner and league leader in saves, signing him to a 4-year, $13 million contract (the largest annual salary in baseball history at the time).[11] The Royals also signed starting pitcher Storm Davis, who was coming off a career-high 19-game win season (third-best in the AL), to a three-year $6 million contract.[11] Despite the promising off-season moves, the team suffered critical bullpen injuries while both newly signed Davises experienced lackluster seasons in 1990.[10] The Royals concluded the season with a 75–86 record, in second-to-last place in the AL West (and with the worst franchise record since 1970). Bo Jackson—the team's potential future franchise player—suffered a devastating hip injury while playing football in the off-season, so the Royals waived him during spring training in 1991.[12] Though the team dropped out of contention from 1990 to 1992, the Royals still could generally be counted on to post winning records through the strike-shortened 1994 season. With no playoff appearances despite the winning records during this era, many of the team's highlights instead centered around the end of George Brett's career, such as his third and final batting title in 1990—which made him the first player to win batting titles in three different decades—and his 3,000th hit. 1995–2002: Decline in the post-Kauffman era[edit] At the start of the 1990s, the Royals had been hit with a double-whammy when General Manager John Schuerholz
John Schuerholz
departed in 1990 and team owner Ewing Kauffman
Ewing Kauffman
died in 1993. Shortly before Kauffman's death, he set up an unprecedented complex succession plan to keep the team in Kansas City. The team was donated at his death to the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Affiliated Trusts with operating decisions of the team decided by a five-member group chaired by Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart
executive David Glass. According to the plan the Royals had six years to find a local owner for the team before opening ownership to an outside bidder. The new owners would be required to say they would keep the team in Kansas City. Kauffman had feared that new owners would move it noting, "No one would want to buy a baseball team that consistently loses millions of dollars and had little prospect of making money because it was in a small city."[13] If no owner could be found the Kauffman restrictions were to end on January 1, 2002 and the team was to be sold to the highest bidder.[14] In 1999, New York City lawyer and minor league baseball owner Miles Prentice, vowing not to move the team, bid $75 million for the team. This was the minimum amount Kauffman had stipulated the team could be sold for.[15] MLB rejected Prentice's first bid without specifying any reason.[16][17] In a final round of bids on March 13, 2000, the Foundation voted to accept Glass' bid of $96 million, rejecting Prentice's revised bid of $115 million.[18] During the interregnum under Foundation ownership, the team declined. In 1994 season, the Royals reduced payroll by trading pitcher David Cone and outfielder Brian McRae, then continued their salary dump in the 1995 season. The team payroll, which had previously remained among the league's highest, was sliced in half from $40.5 million in 1994 (fourth-highest in the major leagues) to $18.5 million in 1996 (second-lowest in the major leagues).[19][20] As attendance slid and the average MLB salary continued to rise, rather than pay higher salaries or lose their players to free agency, the Royals traded their remaining stars such as Kevin Appier, Johnny Damon and Jermaine Dye. By 1999, the team's payroll had fallen again to $16.5 million.[19] Making matters worse, most of the younger players that the Royals received in exchange for these All-Stars proved of little value, setting the stage for an extended downward spiral. Indeed, the Royals set a franchise low with a .398 winning percentage (64–97 record) in 1999, and lost 97 games again in 2001. In the middle of this era, in 1997, the Royals declined the opportunity to switch to the National League
National League
as part of a realignment plan to introduce the Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona Diamondbacks
and Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
as expansion teams. The Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
made the switch instead. In 2002, the Royals set a new team record for futility, losing 100 games for the first time in franchise history. They fired manager Tony Muser, and he was replaced by Tony Peña. 2003: A winning season[edit] The 2003 season saw a temporary end to the losing, when manager Tony Peña, in his first full season with the club, guided the team to its first winning record (83–79) since 1994 and finished in third place in the AL Central. He was named the American League
American League
Manager of the Year for his efforts and shortstop Ángel Berroa
Ángel Berroa
was named AL Rookie of the Year.

Gil Meche
Gil Meche
pitching in 2008

2004–2008: Rock bottom[edit] From the 2004 season through the 2012 season, the Royals posted nine consecutive losing records – the longest streak in team history. In six of those seasons the team finished in last place in the American League Central, and in eight of those nine seasons the team also lost at least 90 games. The worst seasons came in 2004–2006, when the Royals lost at least 100 games each year and set the franchise's all-time record for losses (56–106 in 2005). Picked by many[who?] to win their division in 2004 after faring well in the free agent market, the Royals got off to a disappointing start and by late June were back in a rebuilding mode, releasing veteran reliever Curtis Leskanic and trading veteran reliever Jason Grimsley and superstar center fielder Carlos Beltrán
Carlos Beltrán
for prospects, all within a week of each other. The team subsequently fell apart completely, losing 104 games and breaking the franchise record set just two years earlier. The Royals did, however, see promising seasons from two rookies, center fielder David DeJesus
David DeJesus
and starting pitcher Zack Greinke. The team continued a youth movement in 2005, but finished with a 56–106 record (.346), a full 43 games out of first place, marking the third time in four seasons that the team reestablished the mark for worst record in franchise history. The season also saw the Royals lose a franchise record 19 games in a row. During the season manager Tony Peña
Tony Peña
quit and was replaced by interim manager Bob Schaefer until the Indians' bench coach Buddy Bell was chosen as the next manager. Looking for a quick turnaround, general manager Allard Baird signed several veteran players prior to the 2006 season, including Doug Mientkiewicz, Mark Grudzielanek, Joe Mays and Scott Elarton. Nevertheless, the Royals struggled through another 100-loss season in 2006, becoming just the eleventh team in major league history to lose 100 games in three straight seasons.[21] During the season Baird was fired as GM and replaced by Dayton Moore. Kansas City entered the 2007 season looking to rebound from four out of five seasons ending with at least 100 losses. The Royals outbid the Cubs and Blue Jays for free agent righty Gil Meche, signing him to five-year, $55 million contract, the largest contract in Royals history. Reliever Octavio Dotel
Octavio Dotel
also inked a one-year, $5 million contract. The team also added several new prospects, including Alex Gordon and Billy Butler. Among Dayton Moore's first acts as General Manager was instating a new motto for the team: "True. Blue. Tradition."[22] In June 2007, the Royals had their first winning month since July 2003, and followed it up with a winning July. The Royals finished the season 69–93, but 2007 marked the club's first season with fewer than 100 losses since 2003. Manager Buddy Bell resigned following the 2007 season.[23] The Royals hired Trey Hillman, formerly the manager of the Nippon Ham Fighters and a minor league manager with the New York Yankees, to be the 15th manager in franchise history.[24] The 2008 season began with the release of fan favorite Mike Sweeney and the trade of Ángel Berroa to the Dodgers. Through 13 games in 2008, the Royals were 8–5 and in first place in the AL Central, a vast improvement over their start from the previous season. However, by the All-Star break, the Royals were again in losing territory, with their record buoyed only by a 13–5 record in interleague play, the best in the American League. The team finished the season in fourth place with a 75–87 record. 2009–2012: Kauffman renovations and further rebuilding[edit]

Kauffman Stadium
Kauffman Stadium
underwent renovations in 2009, including the addition of a high-definition scoreboard.

Zack Greinke
Zack Greinke
did not allow an earned run in the first 24 innings of the 2009 season.

Prior to the 2009 season, the Royals renovated Kauffman Stadium. After the season began, the Royals ended April at the top of the AL Central, all of which raised excitement levels among fans. However, the team faded as the season progressed and finished the year with a final record of 65–97, in a fourth place tie in its division. The season was highlighted by starter Zack Greinke, who did not allow an earned run in the first 24 innings of the season, went on to finish the year with a Major League-leading 2.16 earned run average, and won the American League
American League
Cy Young Award. Greinke joined Bret Saberhagen (in 1985 and 1989) and David Cone
David Cone
(in 1994) as the only three players in Royals history to receive the award. The Royals began the 2010 season with a rocky start, and after the team's record fell to 12–23, manager Trey Hillman
Trey Hillman
was fired. Former Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
skipper Ned Yost
Ned Yost
took over as manager. At the end of the 2010 season, the Royals finished with a 67–95 record, in last place in the division for the sixth time in seven years. The Royals also set a dubious franchise record during the season, allowing 42 runs in a three-day span from July 25 to 27. The Royals began 2011 with a hot start with a 10–4 record after 14 games, but success faded as the season progressed. The Royals last had a .500 record at 22–22, and by the All-Star break, the Royals had a record of 37–54, the worst in the American League. Almost all of the Royals' bullpen was called up in 2011 and the call up of the infielders Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Manny Piña, Johnny Giavotella, and Salvador Pérez. Hosmer won the AL Rookie of the Month award in July and September and finished the season with 19 home runs. Moustakas collected a fifteen-game hitting streak, which tied the largest such streak by a Royal rookie. The Royals finished the 2011 season with a 71–91 record. The 2012 team saw more of the same, as they improved by one game to 72–90. The 2012 Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
All-Star Game was hosted by the Royals at Kauffman Stadium
Kauffman Stadium
on July 10, 2012 (in addition to the 2012 Home Run Derby, All-Star Futures Game
All-Star Futures Game
and Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game during the All-Star break), which the National League won 8–0. The 2012 season marked the third time the "Midsummer Classic" was held in Kansas City. 2013: Return to respectability[edit] On December 10, 2012, in an attempt to strengthen the pitching staff (which was among the worst in baseball in 2012), the Royals traded for Rays pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis giving Tampa top prospects Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard. This trade helped catalyze a return to winning records. In the 2013 season, the Royals remained over .500 nearly most of April during regular season play. The team also did not commit an error in its first seven games (for ​64 2⁄3 innings) for the first time in team history. On September 22, the Royals won their 82nd game of the season to clinch the franchise's first winning season since 2003. The Royals finished the season 86–76, securing the team's best winning percentage since 1994. 2014: Return to the World Series[edit] The 2014 season was even more successful, featuring a return to the postseason for the first time in 29 years, and what would unfold as a historic playoff run to the 2014 World Series. Entering the 2014 season, the Royals had the longest playoff drought of any team in the four main American professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA).[citation needed] On July 21, 2014, the Royals had a losing record (48–50) and were eight games behind the Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers
in the AL Central standings. But spurred by a 22–5 record from July 22 to August 19 coinciding with a mediocre 12-15 stretch by the Tigers, the team surged into first-place in the AL Central. The Royals reached the top of the division standings on August 11, after winning their eighth game in a row.[25] This marked the latest date the Royals had led their division since August 29, 2003.[25] The team retained its division lead for a month, before falling out of first-place permanently on September 12. They finished the 2014 regular season with a record 89–73, still the most wins for the Royals since 1989. Though the team finished one game behind Detroit in the AL Central, the Royals secured their first-ever wild card berth. After qualifying for the postseason, the Royals embarked on a record-setting eight-game winning streak. They hosted the Oakland Athletics in the 2014 American League
American League
Wild Card Game and won 9–8 on a Salvador Pérez
Salvador Pérez
walk-off single in the 12th inning, having earlier rallied back from a 7–3 deficit in the eighth. The Royals then swept the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
in the 2014 American League
American League
Division Series. In Game 1 of the ALDS, the score was 2–2 going into the 11th inning, when Mike Moustakas
Mike Moustakas
hit a game-winning solo home run. The next day, Kansas City beat the Angels 4–1 in another extra-innings affair, in the process setting an MLB postseason record of three straight extra-inning wins.[26] The Royals then completed the sweep at home, winning 8–3 in game three and advancing to the 2014 American League Championship Series against the Baltimore Orioles.[27] In the opening game of the ALCS on October 11, 2014, the Royals defeated the Orioles 8–6, with two home runs in the 10th inning. Thus, in eight extra innings over five postseason games in 2014, they succeeded in hitting four homers in extra innings, more than any team in the history of Major League Baseball.[28] In the second ALCS game, the Royals again beat the Orioles 6–4, behind Lorenzo Cain's four hits, including an RBI single.[29] After game three, the ALCS was delayed one day due to rainy weather, when the Royals hosted the Orioles at Kauffman Stadium
Kauffman Stadium
on October 14, 2014. Pitcher Jeremy Guthrie allowed only one run as KC beat the Orioles 2–1, taking a 3–0 lead in the series. In Game four, the Royals completed the sweep of the Orioles with another 2–1 win to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1985. The win marked the team's eighth consecutive postseason win in one year, breaking a major league record previously held by the Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies
in 2007 and Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
in 1976. It also marked the Royals' 11th win in a row overall in postseason play, dating back to the franchise's final three wins of the 1985 Series, the third-longest multi-year postseason streak in baseball history.[30] See also: 2014 World Series The Royals faced the San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
in the 2014 World Series. They had home-field advantage, due to the American League's win in the 2014 All-Star Game. After setting an AL record by winning eight straight games to reach the World Series, the Royals opened the series by losing 7–1 in the first game against starter Madison Bumgarner. The Royals bounced back with a 7–2 win in game two to tie the series at 1–1. The Royals won game three in San Francisco 3-2 to take the series lead for the first time. In game four, the Royals lost 11-4, which tied the series with the Giants. In game five, they lost 5-0 to the Giants against starter Madison Bumgarner. In game six, the Royals beat the Giants 10-0. In game seven, the Royals started RHP Jeremy Guthrie
Jeremy Guthrie
against Giants pitcher Tim Hudson. Guthrie lasted ​3 1⁄3 innings before he was replaced by Kelvin Herrera, who himself lasted ​2 2⁄3 innings. He was then replaced by Wade Davis, who pitched in two innings. Closer Greg Holland ended the game. On the Giants side, Hudson lasted only ​1 2⁄3 innings before he was replaced by Jeremy Affeldt, who was later replaced by Madison Bumgarner. The Royals lost game seven, 3–2, with the tying run (Alex Gordon) on third base in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, when Salvador Pérez
Salvador Pérez
fouled out to Pablo Sandoval
Pablo Sandoval
to end the game and the series. 2015: World Series
World Series
champions[edit] See also: 2015 World Series

Royals celebrating winning the 2015 World Series

After earning a wild-card entry to the playoffs in 2014, in 2015 the Royals won the franchise's first division title since 1985 and first Central division title ever (the Central was created in 1994). The Royals went on to win the 2015 World Series
2015 World Series
– the first championship for the Royals since 1985 – beating the New York Mets
New York Mets
four games to one.[31] The Royals entered the 2015 All-Star break with the best record in the American League
American League
(52–34). The team continued its momentum into the second half of the season, and on July 26, Royals management traded three prospects Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb, and Cody Reed for 2014 All-Star pitcher Johnny Cueto
Johnny Cueto
to help bolster its starting pitching rotation, as well as trading for super-utility player Ben Zobrist.[32] The team ended the regular season with a record of 95–67, best in the American League, and the organization's best since 1980. The Royals faced the Houston Astros
Houston Astros
in the ALDS. Down 2–1 in the series and trailing 6–2 in the 8th inning of Game 4, the Royals rallied for 5 runs en route to a 9–6 win before Cueto's gem in Game 5 powered the Royals to a second consecutive ALCS.[33] The Royals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays
in Game 6, to win the 2015 ALCS and earn a trip to face the New York Mets
New York Mets
in the 2015 World Series. The Royals beat the New York Mets
New York Mets
4 games to 1 to become the 2015 World Series
World Series
champions.[31] It was the Royals' first World Series title since 1985. The series win was sealed after the Royals beat the Mets 7-2 in the 12th inning of Game 5. The Royals rallied in the 9th inning down 2-0 to tie the score 2-2, forcing the game into extra innings. The five-run 12th inning was initiated by a Perez single and Dyson pinch-running for him. This was followed by a single from Christian Colon, doubles from both Alcides Escobar
Alcides Escobar
and Lorenzo Cain, scoring runs from Jarrod Dyson, Colon, Paulo Orlando
Paulo Orlando
(who reached base on an error by Daniel Murphy), Escobar and Ben Zobrist
Ben Zobrist
(who was intentionally walked). Wade Davis, who hadn't allowed a run yet that postseason, closed out the game with a flawless 12th, allowing a hit and striking out Wilmer Flores
Wilmer Flores
to end the game and win the World Series for the Royals.[34] Rivalries[edit] St. Louis Cardinals[edit] Main article: Cardinals–Royals rivalry The Royals' most prominent rivalry is with the intrastate St. Louis Cardinals. For geographic reasons, the teams long played exhibition games, but a true rivalry began with the Royals' victory over the Cardinals in the 1985 World Series, known as the "I-70 Series." Notably, the manager for the Cardinals in the series was Whitey Herzog, who had been the Royals' manager from 1975 to 1979, and led Kansas City to the franchise's first three playoff appearances – in 1976, 1977, and 1978 – before getting fired just shortly after the Royals were eliminated from the playoffs in 1979. Interleague play
Interleague play
in 1997 allowed the I-70 Series to be revived in non-exhibition games. The first few seasons of the series were rather even, with the Cardinals holding a slight advantage with a 14–13 record through the 2003 season. Through the 2016 season, the Cardinals hold the series advantage 51–39. Historic rivalry[edit] From 1976 to 1980, the Royals faced the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
four times in five years in the American League
American League
Championship Series. The Yankees won in 1976, 1977 and 1978, while the Royals won in 1980. In a 2013 article about the 1983 Pine Tar Incident
Pine Tar Incident
involving the two teams, Lou Pinella said: "As a team, we didn't really like Kansas City. We had played them in the '76, '77 and '78 postseason and beaten them every time. There was no love lost between the teams. We didn't like each other. They were our big rivals..."[35] George Brett
George Brett
agreed: "I hated everyone on the Yankees, I really did. I hated 'em all, back in that era."[35] Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Famers[edit]

Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
Hall of Famers

Affiliation according to the National Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Fame and Museum

Kansas City Royals

George Brett

Orlando Cepeda Joe Gordon

Whitey Herzog Harmon Killebrew

Bob Lemon Gaylord Perry

John Schuerholz*

Players and managers listed in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame plaques wearing a Royals cap insignia. * Inductee's plaque has no team's cap or insignia.

Ford C. Frick Award
Ford C. Frick Award
recipients[edit]

Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
Ford C. Frick Award
Ford C. Frick Award
recipients

Affiliation according to the National Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Fame and Museum

Denny Matthews

Names in bold received the award based primarily on their work as broadcasters for the Royals.

Other players of note[edit] See also: Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
award winners and league leaders Team captains[edit]

5 George Brett
George Brett
1989–1993 20 Frank White 1989–1990 29 Mike Sweeney 2003–2007

Missouri
Missouri
Sports Hall of Fame[edit] Main article: Missouri
Missouri
Sports Hall of Fame

Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
in the Missouri
Missouri
Sports Hall of Fame

No. Player Position Tenure Notes

– Ewing Kauffman Founder/Owner 1969–1993 Born near Garden City, grew up in Kansas City

– Art Stewart Scout 1969–present

– George Toma Groundskeeper 1969–1999

2 Fred Patek SS 1971–1979

5 George Brett 3B/DH/1B 1973–1993

6 Willie Wilson CF/LF 1976–1990

6 Jim Eisenreich OF 1987–1992

7 John Mayberry 1B 1972–1977

8 15 Mike MacFarlane C 1987–1994 1996–1998

11 Hal McRae OF/DH/Coach Manager 1973–1987 1991–1994

12 John Wathan C Manager 1976–1985 1987–1991

15 Darrell Porter C 1977–1980 Born in Joplin

16 Bo Jackson OF/DH 1987–1990

18 Jamie Quirk C 1975–1976 1978–1982 1985–1988

20 Frank White 2B 1973–1990 Attended Longview Community College in Lee's Summit

21 Jeff Montgomery RP 1988–1999

22 Dennis Leonard SP 1974–1986

22 Mark Gubicza SP 1984–1996

24 Whitey Herzog Manager 1975–1979 Elected mainly on his performance with St. Louis Cardinals

26 Amos Otis CF 1970–1983

29, 40 Vince Coleman LF 1994–1995

29 Dan Quisenberry RP 1979–1988

29 Mike Sweeney C/1B/DH 1995–2007

30 Orlando Cepeda 1B 1974 Elected mainly on his performance with San Francisco Giants

34 Paul Splittorff SP 1970–1984

36 Gaylord Perry SP 1983 Elected mainly on his performance with San Francisco Giants

39 Al Hrabosky RP 1978–1979

40 Steve Busby SP 1972–1980

Retired numbers[edit] See also: List of Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
retired numbers

George Brett 3B Retired 1994

Dick Howser Manager Retired 1987

Frank White 2B Retired 1995

Jackie Robinson All MLB Honored April 15, 1997

The Royals have retired the numbers of former players George Brett (No. 5) and Frank White (No. 20). Former manager Dick Howser's No. 10 was retired following his death in 1987. Former Brooklyn Dodgers player Jackie Robinson's No. 42 is retired throughout Major League Baseball. Hall of Fame[edit]

Key

Year Year inducted

Bold Member of the National Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Fame

Member of the Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Fame as a member of the Royals

Bold Recipient of the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award

Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
Hall of Fame

Inducted No. Player Position Tenure

1986 40 Steve Busby SP 1972–1980

26 Amos Otis CF 1970–1983

1987 10 Dick Howser Manager 1981–1986

1 Cookie Rojas 2B 1970–1977

34 Paul Splittorff SP 1970–1984

1989 22 Dennis Leonard SP 1974–1986

11 Hal McRae OF/DH/Coach Manager 1973–1987 1991–1994

1992 — Joe Burke GM President 1974–1981 1981–1992

32 Larry Gura SP 1976–1985

2 Freddie Patek SS 1971–1979

1993 — Ewing Kauffman Owner and tributary of name of Kauffman Stadium 1969–1993

1994 5 George Brett 3B/DH/1B 1973–1993

1995 20 Frank White 2B 1973–1990

1996 — Muriel Kauffman Executive and wife of Ewing 1969–1995

7 John Mayberry 1B 1972–1977

1998 29 Dan Quisenberry RP 1979–1988

2000 24 Whitey Herzog Manager 1975–1979

6 Willie Wilson CF/LF 1976–1990

2003 21 Jeff Montgomery RP 1988–1999

2004 — Denny Matthews Radio announcer 1969–present

2005 31 Bret Saberhagen SP 1984–1991

2006 23 Mark Gubicza SP 1984–1996

2008 — Art Stewart Scout 1969–present

2011 55 Kevin Appier SP 1989–1999 2003–2004

2012 — George Toma Groundskeeper 1969–1999

2015 29 Mike Sweeney C/1B/DH 1995–2007

Current roster[edit]

Royals at Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles
May 2011

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roster

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Pitchers Starting rotation

41 Danny Duffy 39 Jason Hammel 65 Jake Junis 31 Ian Kennedy 53 Eric Skoglund

Bullpen

54 Blaine Boyer 33 Brian Flynn 52 Justin Grimm 51 Tim Hill 56 Brad Keller 37 Brandon Maurer 64 Burch Smith

Closer

40 Kelvin Herrera

Catchers

 9 Drew Butera 36 Cam Gallagher

Infielders

19 Cheslor Cuthbert 21 Lucas Duda  2 Alcides Escobar  1 Ryan Goins 15 Whit Merrifield  8 Mike Moustakas

Outfielders

 4 Alex Gordon 25 Jon Jay 16 Paulo Orlando 12 Jorge Soler

Pitchers

58 Scott Barlow 49 Heath Fillmyer 55 Nate Karns
Nate Karns
59 Andrés Machado 61 Kevin McCarthy 34 Trevor Oaks 52 Eric Stout

Catchers

13 Salvador Pérez
Salvador Pérez
22 Meibrys Viloria

Infielders

17 Hunter Dozier 67 Samir Duenez 27 Adalberto Mondesí
Adalberto Mondesí
46 Ramón Torres

Outfielders

-- Abraham Almonte 11 Bubba Starling

Manager

 3 Ned Yost

Coaches

44 Terry Bradshaw (hitting) 80 Ryan Eigsti (bullpen catcher) 22 Cal Eldred (pitching) 28 Pedro Grifol (quality control / catching) 23 Mike Jirschele (third base) 24 Mitch Maier
Mitch Maier
(first base) 26 Dale Sveum
Dale Sveum
(bench) 18 Vance Wilson
Vance Wilson
(bullpen)

60-day disabled list

32 Jesse Hahn

Restricted list

38 Jorge Bonifacio

25 active, 15 inactive 7- or 10-day disabled list Suspended list # Personal leave Roster and coaches updated April 2, 2018 Transactions • Depth chart → All MLB rosters

Managers[edit] Main article: List of Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
managers Statistics current through November 1, 2015

#[a] Manager Seasons Wins Losses Pct PA PW PL WS

1 Gordon !Joe Gordon† 1969 0069 !69 0093 !93 .426 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

2 Metro !Charlie Metro 1970 0019 !19 0033 !33 .365 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

3 Lemon !Bob Lemon† 1970–1972 0207 !207 0218 !218 .487 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

4 McKeon !Jack McKeon 1973–1975 0215 !215 0205 !205 .512 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

5 Herzog !Whitey Herzog† 1975–1979 0410 !410 0304 !304 .574 000 !3 000 !5 000 !9 000 !0

6 Frey !Jim Frey 1980–1981 0127 !127 0105 !105 .547 000 !1 000 !5 000 !4 000 !0

7 Howser !Dick Howser 1981–1986 0404 !404 0365 !365 .525 000 !3 000 !8 000 !12 000 !1

8 Ferraro !Mike Ferraro 1986 0036 !36 0038 !38 .486 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

9 Gardner !Billy Gardner 1987 0062 !62 0064 !64 .492 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

10 Wathan !John Wathan 1987–1991 0287 !287 0270 !270 .515 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

11 Schaefer !Bob Schaefer 1991 0001 !1 0000 !0 1.000 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

12 McRae !Hal McRae 1991–1994 0286 !286 0277 !277 .508 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

13 Boone !Bob Boone 1995–1997 0181 !181 0206 !206 .468 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

14 Muser !Tony Muser 1997–2002 0317 !317 0431 !431 .424 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

15 Mizerock !John Mizerock 2002 0005 !5 0008 !8 .385 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

16 Peña !Tony Peña 2002–2005 0198 !198 0285 !285 .410 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

— Schaefer !Bob Schaefer 2005 0005 !5 0012 !12 .294 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

17 Bell !Buddy Bell 2005–2007 0174 !174 0262 !262 .399 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

18 Hillman !Trey Hillman 2008–2010 0152 !152 0207 !207 .423 000 !— 000 !— 000 !— 000 !—

19 Yost !Ned Yost 2010–present 0468 !468 0469 !469 .499 000 !2 000 !22 000 !9 000 !1

Totals — — 3623 3852 .485 9 40 34 2

Minor league affiliations[edit] Main article: List of Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
minor league affiliates

Level Team League Location

AAA Omaha Storm Chasers Pacific Coast League Papillion, Nebraska

AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals Texas League Springdale, Arkansas

Advanced A Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League Wilmington, Delaware

A Lexington Legends South Atlantic League Lexington. Kentucky

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls Chukars Pioneer League Idaho Falls, Idaho

Burlington Royals Appalachian League Burlington, North Carolina

Rookie AZL Royals Arizona Summer League Surprise, AZ

DSL Royals Dominican Summer League Dominican Republic

Season records[edit] Main article: List of Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
seasons

Highest batting average: .390, George Brett
George Brett
(1980) Most games: 162, Al Cowens (1977), Hal McRae (1977), Carlos Beltrán (2002), Billy Butler (2013), Alcides Escobar
Alcides Escobar
(2014, 2016) Most runs: 136, Johnny Damon
Johnny Damon
(2000) Most hits: 230, Willie Wilson (1980) Highest slugging %: .664, George Brett
George Brett
(1980) Most doubles: 54, Hal McRae (1977) Most triples: 21, Willie Wilson (1985) Most home runs: 38, Mike Moustakas
Mike Moustakas
(2017) Most grand slams: 3, Danny Tartabull (1988) Most RBIs: 144, Mike Sweeney (2000) Most stolen bases: 83, Willie Wilson (1979) Most wins: 23, Bret Saberhagen (1989) Lowest ERA: 2.08, Roger Nelson (1972) Strikeouts: 244, Dennis Leonard (1977) Most strikeouts, single game: 16, Danny Duffy
Danny Duffy
(2016) Most strikeouts, Reliever: 109, Wade Davis (2014) Complete games: 21, Dennis Leonard (1977) Saves: 47, Greg Holland (2013)

Radio and television[edit] As of 2012[update], the Royals affiliate radio station is KCSP 610AM, the station having entered into a new four-year deal starting from the 2015 season.[36] The radio announcers are Denny Matthews and Ryan Lefebvre, with Steve Stewart and Steve Physioc.[37] Televised games are aired on Fox Sports Kansas City, a branch of Fox Sports Midwest. For the 2012 season, Ryan Lefebvre will be joined by Jeff Montgomery for about 20 games while the rest of the broadcasts will be covered by former Angels announcer duo of Rex Hudler
Rex Hudler
and Steve Physioc.[38][39] During the 2016 season, the Royals averaged an 11.7 rating and 105,000 viewers on primetime TV broadcasts.[40] On February 22, 2007, Matthews was selected as the 2007 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.[41] Mascot[edit] Sluggerrr
Sluggerrr
is the mascot of the Royals. Sluggerrr
Sluggerrr
is a lion, and made his first appearance on April 5, 1996. On game day, Sluggerrr
Sluggerrr
can be found giving aggressive encouragement to players and fans, pitching in the "Little K", and firing hot dogs from an air cannon into the stands between innings. See also[edit]

Baseball
Baseball
portal

Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
Baseball
Baseball
Academy

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