The Kansas City Royals have technically had just two owners in their 45 year history. I will get to the “technically” in a moment. The first, Ewing Kauffman, is still revered in Kansas City with even the stadium the team plays in bearing his name. The current owner, however, has never known that same love or respect.
The story behind the Royals founding is an interesting tale in itself. The previous team, the Athletics, left Kansas City in 1967 following several years of owner Charlie O. Finley publicly promising the A’s were a Kansas City fixture while privately pressuring Major League Baseball to approve the team’s move.
Over those years, Finley made requests to move his team to at least seven different cities before baseball’s owners finally gave in and granted a transfer to Oakland on October 18, 1967. The Athletics were packed and headed west the next day in a midnight raid still scourged by Kansas Citians to this day.
Finley’s betrayal became a rally cry for long time Missouri Senator Stuart Symington who threatened legislation to end Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption if Kansas City did not immediately gain a new team. Continue reading
As of January 29, 2013 Dayton Moore had achieved an almost perfect off season. He filled the chasm at 2nd base, found a solution for right field, traded for a power hitting backup and potential platoon for 3rd baseman Mike Moustakas and acquired a starting pitcher, while not Ervin Santana’s equal, at least able to provide solid innings in 2014.
And then to match the weather outside Kaufman Stadium, Moore turned his near perfect winter upside down in just three short days. Or so it may seem to many Royals fans.
The first move came Wednesday afternoon when Moore acquired Carlos Peguero from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations – basically as close to nothing as you can get. The Mariners designated Peguero for assignment a few days before when they signed catcher John Buck, a former Royal of all things, to a free agent contract. Continue reading
This is the third in a series previewing the 2014 Kansas City Royals as they prepare for spring training in Surprise, AZ. Yesterday, I discussed the biggest team disappointment in 2013, the infield. Today, I cover the outfield and what to expect for 2014.
The Royals 2013 outfield had many highs and lows. While left fielder Alex Gordon had what many called a subpar year on offense, he still hit to a respectable 265/327/422 slash line, had just one less RBI than team leader Billy Butler and once again put up stellar defensive numbers to earn his second consecutive Gold Glove. Why teams continue running on Gordon’s cannon in left field is one of the bigger questions in baseball.
The emergence of David Lough as a solid defensive outfielder and timely hitter through the season’s middle months also provided a highlight while the acquisition of Justin Maxwell and his penchant for game winning home run heroics occupied several highlight reels. Continue reading