The Kansas City Royals are an American professional baseball team from Kansas City, Missouri. They compete in MLB (Major League Baseball) as a member team of the AL Central division. The team was first established as an expansion team in 1969 and their home games were played at the Municipal Stadium until 1972 when they moved to Kauffman Stadium from 1973 to the present day.
The club was founded and owned by Ewing Kauffman – a Kansas City businessman and the franchise was established with the efforts from Stuart Symington, who was a United States Senator from Missouri at that time. A contest was held to define a name for the team and after receiving more than 17,000 entries, the winner of the contest was Sanford Porte – a bridge engineer. His entry “Royals” has been the name of the team since then. The team is presently owned by David Glass with Ned Yost as manager, and Dayton Moore as General manager.
Despite the fact that this team could be considered a relatively new team, but it quickly became a powerhouse and appeared in MLB playoffs seven times from 1976 to 1985. With their first pennant in 1980, they went on to gain three more pennants in the years 1985, 2014, and 2015, as well as a Central Division Title in 2015. The first World Series Title the Royals won was in 1985 but they did not get it again until 2015. That is not to say that their presence has not been felt since they won the West Division Title three times consecutively from 1976 to 1978 and three more times in 1980, 1984 and 1985. From 1986 till 1994, they maintained a reputation in American League as a top team while developing young talents as Bo Jackson, Tom Gordon, and Kevin Seitzer.
Strangely, the Royals went through a period of drought that lasted 28 consecutive seasons when they did not qualify to play in the MLB postseason until 2014 when they finally broke through with a wild-card berth and the World Series in 2015.
Not lacking in talent, the Kansas City Royals have quite a number of players in the Baseball Hall of Fame such as Steve Busby, Amos Otis, Dick Howser, Paul Splittorff, Dennis Leonard, Hal McRae (coach and manager), George Brett, Ewing Kauffman, Mike Sweeny, to mention just a few.
For a while, a rivalry spiked with hatred brewed between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees – both teams admitting that there is no love lost between them. They also had another prominent rivalry in the vicinity and that was the St. Louis Cardinals with a lot of exhibition games between the teams.
It is expected that the Kansas Royals will be a team to reckon with as they have been setting season records for a long time and are constantly in the record-breaking category along with a long list of top players. Let us all pay attention to this team that is a rising star.