Many things went right for the Kansas City Royals in 2014 and they came so close to a World Series victory after waiting 29 years to get there. Their amazing pitching staff was one of the keys to their hot streak and playoff success. This season, they will have to go at it without ace workhorse James Shields, who signed elsewhere as a free agent. Yordano Ventura, will be counted on heavily along with Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie to carry the pitching load.
The core group of last season’s defensive stars is still intact, with Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. New guys Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales are most likely a hit or miss scenario and the hope is that they pan out for the 2015 season in the offensive department.The AL Central should prove to be a dog fight in 2015 and it’s going to be fun to watch it all play out. Kansas City Royals tickets will be in high demand as fans still reeling from last season’s excitement, will pack Kauffman Stadium in the hopes of a return to a pennant race.
The Kansas City Royals are one of those franchises that are deeply underappreciated. They do not have the pennant (2) or World Series totals (1) that particularly shines when compared to the rest of the MLB. Of course, the Royals are also one of the younger teams. They were added as part of the westward expansion of the league in the 1960s and the fans suffered through some difficult seasons, but the payoff was more than worth it.
From 1975 to 1985 the team never finished lower than second in the AL West and played in the postseason seven times. The Royals reached the World Series twice, winning one. These Kansas City teams enjoyed a roster with third baseman George Brett, second baseman Frank White, and an incredible starting rotation. Somehow the team ended up with Bud Black, Danny Jackson, David Cone, and Bret Saberhagen on the mound.
This collection of talent led to a 97-win summer in 1980 and a trip to the World Series, the franchise’s first. Unfortunately, though Kansas City was finally able to take down the Yankees in the ALCS (New York had beaten the club three times), they were not able to beat the Philadelphia Phillies. Five years later, the Royals won 91 games, Brett Saberhagen won the Cy Young Award, and KC beat the Cardinals in the I-70 Series.
In the years since, the Kansas City Royals struggled to produce the kind of offense that could take the baseball team back to the postseason. The team has, however, been able to develop great pitchers, such as Zack Greinke.
Never a big spender, the club has starting rebuilding through the farm system again. But, at least the team plays its home games at Kauffman Stadium, which remains one of the most exquisite venues in professional sports, even after the retro ballpark era.