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November 1, 2016: The rest of the league finally figured out how to stop the Royals, who finished the year 81–81. Team leaders Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer were good as always, but the team could not get big hits or big outs as it had in 2014 and 2015. Danny Duffy led the club with a dozen victories and Kendrys Morales was tops with 30 home runs.

August 1, 2016: Danny Duffy set a new club record when he struck out 16 batters in a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

2016 Season Preview: The defending World Series champs won’t have time to enjoy their victory. Every team in the AL Central is gunning for them. Kansas City will have to stay focused and healthy, and its bullpen will need to be lights-out again. Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist are gone, but the team is still the favorite to win another pennant.

Season Roundup: The Royals began the year with the goal of reaching the World Series again—and winning it. The team used speed, defense and clutch hitting to win the AL Central. They scored amazing comebacks all year long, and continued to battle in the playoffs and World Series, where they beat the Mets 4 games to 1. Kansas City’s offense was led by Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Slavador Perez, and newcomer Kendrys Morales. Their main pitching strength was a bullpen full of flamethrowers. After their victory over the Mets, Perez was named World Series MVP, but there were at least 4 or 5 others who could have won the award in the Royals’ total team effort.

April 13, 2015: Rookie Paul Orlando became the first player in history to begin his big-league career with three triples as his first three hits.

April 5, 2015: The defending AL champs will have to play great ball to earn a berth in the playoffs this season. Ace James Shields is in the NL, and the batting stars of the playoffs and World Series have to prove they can do it over the course of an entire season. Kansas City will need another big year from their relief pitchers and defense, too.

November 15, 2014: Three Royals were honored with Gold Gloves for their fielding excellence—catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer, and outfielder Alex Gordon.

October 30, 2014: Kansas City's young and talented core players came through to earn a Wild Card berth and then went on a roll that lasted all the way to Game 7 of the World Series. Among the team leaders were Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain. The Royals' bullpen was practically unhittable, with great years from Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, and Greg Holland. The Royals defeated the 's in the Wild Card game in 12 innings, then beat the Angels in the Division Series (with two more extra-inning wins), and finally swept the Orioles in the ALCS. Their great year came to end when they could not solve Madison Bumgarner of the Giants in the World Series, losing 4 games to 3—with three losses coming at the hands of the San Francisco ace.

March 31, 2014: The Royals' young hitters are ready to become stars, and now they have a real leadoff hitter—Norichia Aoki—to set the table for them. Mike Moustakas, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon could all be All-Stars, and Salvador Perez might be the top catcher in the AL by the end of the year. KC's pitching staff is led by James Shields and Greg Holland.

October 1, 2013: Kansas City fans got an unexpected surprise when the Royals had their first winning season in 10 years. James Shields was the ace of a pitching staff than included closer Greg Holland, who saved 47 games. The offense was a group effort that featured Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, and Billy Butler. The Royals were in the Hunt for a Wild Card spot until the final weeks of the season.

September 26, 2013: Greg Holland broke the team record for saves with his 46th of the year. The old record was shared by Dan Quisenberry and Jeff Montgomery.

March 30, 2013: Kansas City fans are looking forward to their first winning season since 2003. They have young hitters and experienced pitchers, including newcomer James Shields, an All-Star for the Rays in 2011.

October 3, 2012: The Royals put one of baseball's youngest and most exciting teams on the field in 2012. Billy Butler led the club in homers, RBIs, and batting average, while Alex Gordon led the AL with 51 doubles. Shortstop Alcides Escobar took a step toward superstardom with his excellent fielding, hitting and base running.

August 18, 2012: Alcides Escobar had four infield hits in a game against the Chicago White Sox. It marked the first time in nearly a decade that a big-leaguer had reached base safely four times without reaching the outfield grass.

April, 2012: The Royals added one of baseball's premier left-handed strikeout artists over the winter, Jonathan Sanchez. It cost them Melky Cabrera, who had a career year for Kansas City in 2011. Lorenzo Cain will finally get a chance to be an everyday player in 2012, as he is the player most likely to succeed Melky in center field.

     
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Larry Gura

Larry Gura was nothing special when he pitched for the Chicago Cubs in the early 1970s . After he joined the Royals, he became a terrific pitcher. (Kansas City Royals)

 

 

Mark Gubicza
To this day, Mark Gubicza is one of the most popular Royals. He pitched his heart out for the team. (Topps, Inc.)

 

 

David DeJesus
There's something about this David DeJesus card I really like. It reminds me of the cards from the early 1950s. (Topps, Inc.)

 

Joakim Soria
The Royals saw star quality in Joakim Soria, and he didn't let them down. Good going KC! (Author's Collection)
 

Freddie Patek — Shortstop
Born: 10/9/1944
Played for Team: 1971 to 1979
When the Royals traded for Freddie Patek, everyone thought of him as a utility player. Patek proved them wrong in his first season with Kansas City. He led the AL in triples and finished sixth in the MVP voting.


John Mayberry — First Baseman
Born: 2/18/1949
Played for Team; 1972 to 1977
John Mayberry was the Royals' first true power hitter. He slugged 25 homers and had 100 RBIs in his first season. In his second season, Mayberry led the league in walks. Altogether, "Big John" hit 143 homers for the Royals.


Larry Gura — Pitcher
Born: 11/26/1947
Played for Team: 1976 to 1985
Larry Gura was part of the team's starting rotation for seven years. During that time, he won 114 games and helped the team reach the World Series in 1980.


Mark Gubicza — Pitcher
Born: 8/14/1962
Played for Team: 1984 to 1996
When Mark Gubicza had his best stuff, few pitchers in baseball were better. "Gubes" battled injuries throughout his career, but he still managed to win 132 games and pitch 16 shutouts.


Steve Balboni — First Baseman
Born: 1/16/1957
Played for Team: 1984 to 1988
Steve "Bye-Bye" Balboni supplied the power for Kansas City in the mid 1980s. He led the team in homers three years in a row. Balboni also struck out more than 450 times in those three seasons.


Kevin Appier — Pitcher
Born: 12/6/1967
Played for Team: 1989 to 1999 & 2003 to 2004
The Royals did not have much succees during Kevin Appier's years with the team, but Appier was one of the best pitchers in baseball. In 1992, he won nine games in a row and had the AL's second-best ERA. In 1993, he pitched 33 straight scorless innings and won the ERA title with a mark of 2.56.


David DeJesus — Outfielder
Born: 12/20/1979
Played for Team: 2003 to 2010
David DeJesus took over center field after Carlos Beltran was traded in 2004. He became one of the team's most consistent hitters and popular players.


Zack Greinke — Pitcher
Born: 10/21/1983
Played for Team: 2004 to 2010
It took Zack Greinke a few years to become a complete pitcher, but once he did there was no stopping him. In 2009, he went 16–8 and led the league with a 2.16 ERA. Greinke won the AL Cy Young Award for his performance.


Billy Butler — Designated Hitter
Born: 4/18/1986
First Year with Team: 2007
Billy Butler was Kansas City's first pick in the 2004 draft. He made it to the majors at 21, and four years later he was one of the best all-around hitters in the American League.


Joakim Soria — Pitcher
Born: 5/18/1984
First Year with Team: 2007
Joakim Soria was unwanted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. The Royals grabbed him, and he quickly became one of baseball's best closers. He was an All-Star in 2008 and 2010, and saved his 150th game in 2011.

     
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SI Cover

This is one of the cooler Sports Illustrated covers I can remember. I think that it must have been a posed shot, not during a game. (Time Inc./Sports Illustrated)

 

BIG JOHN
Many players have hit three home runs in a game, but only a few have hit all three off the same Hall of Famer. In 1975, John Mayberry blasted three homers in a game against Fergie Jenkins of the Texas Rangers. Jenkins was a top pitcher—he had led the AL in victories the year before.


YEAR TO YEAR
Zack Greinke finished the 2008 season with 14 scoreless innings in a row. He began 2009 by not allowing a run in his first 24 innings. His 38 consecutive scoreless innings set a new team record.


THREE'S COMPANY
George Brett won batting titles in 1976, 1980, and 1990. He is the only player in history to be a batting champion in three different decades.


RUNNING GAME
Fans of the University of Maryland football team probably don't like the Royals very much. Two players recruited as running backs by the Terrapins ended up quitting football to play with the Royals—Willie Wilson and Dermal Brown.

     
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Freddie Patek

You can really see how small Freddie Patek was on his 1973 baseball card. That baserunner is almost a foot taller than Freddie. (Topps, Inc.)

 

Dennis Leonard
New York Yankees fans had no love for Dennis Leonard, but you had to admire his toughness. That man could pitch! (Fleer Corp.)
 

Home Runs
No Royal has led the league in home runs.


Batting Average
1976 — George Brett — .333
1980 — George Brett — .390
1982 — Willie Wilson — .332
1990 — George Brett — .329


Runs Batted In
1982 — Hal McRae — 133


Stolen Bases
1971 — Amos Otis — 52
1977 — Freddie Patek — 53
1979 — Willie Wilson — 83
2000 — Johnny Damon — 46


Wins
1977 — Dennis Leonard — 20
1989 — Bret Saberhagen — 23


Strikeouts
No Royal has led the league in strikeouts.


Earned Run Average
1989 — Bret Saberhagen — 2.16
1993 — Kevin Appier — 2.56

     
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YEAR OPPONENT RESULT
1980 Philadelphia Phillies Lost 4–2
1985 St. Louis Cardinals Won 4–3
2014 San Francisco Giants Lost 4–3
     
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