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    Kansas City Royals Franchise Information

    Have a read on below at some quick stats and facts on the Kansas City Royals to get you started: 

    Stadium:Kauffman Stadium
    Colors:Royal blue, gold, powder blue & white
    Hall of Famers:Steve Busby, Amos Otis, Cookie Rojas, Paul Splittorff, Dennis Leonard, Hal McRae, Fred Patek, Larry Gura, George Brett, Frank White, John Mayberry, Dan Quisenberry, Willie Wilson, Jeff Montgomery, Bret Saberhagen, Mark Gubicza, Kevin Appier & Mike Sweeney
    Hall of Fame General Managers: Dick Howser & Whitey Herzog 
    Rivals:St Louis Cardinals
    Legends:George Brett, Bo Jackson, Buck O’ Neill, Frank White, Kevin Appier, Amos Otis, Bret Saberhagen, Mark Gubicza, Carlos Beltran, Zach Greinke, Mike Sweeney & David DeJesus 
    Retired Numbers:4: 5, 10, 20 & 42 
    League: American League
    Division:Central Division
    World Series Championships: 2: 1985 & 2015

    Kansas City Royals History

    After a year without a Major League Baseball team following the Kansas City Athletics move to Oakland before the 1968 season, the city of Kansas was finally back in the majors when they were awarded an expansion franchise for the 1969 MLB season. 

    Enter the Kansas City Royals who began life in the majors and became the sole MLB team in the city. While their first season saw them finishing fourth in the American League, the Royals stepped up their organization the following year. With the help of owner Ewing Kauffman, the Royals set up a baseball academy the following year which opened in 1970. 

    After finishing fourth in the 1970 season, the Royals bounced back a year later and they ended the 1971 season in second place but dropped back down to fourth place in the 1972 season. 

    While the academy had been going for three years, the Royals promoted Frank White from the academy to hand him a debut in the majors along with the team also introducing Hal McRae and George Brett to give the duo major league debuts. 

    McRae, White, and Brett must have all been the missing links for the Royals as they improved on their fourth-place finish a year prior to finish second in the 1973 MLB season. The next two years, the Royals once again fluctuated from second spot and fifth spot, but that was all going to change when the team entered the 1976 MLB season. 

    While the team came so close to the first spot since 1971, 1973, and 1975 their patience finally prevailed as the Royals finished first in the 1976 season clinching their first-ever American League West Division title (which was the start of a three-peat), where they met the New York Yankees in their first ALCS, ultimately though they fell short (which would be the case for another two seasons). 

    The Royals did build on their three ALCS defeats to the New York Yankees, in 1980 when they clinched their fourth American League West Division title, while they were on a high as they won yet another American League they had another reason to celebrate as they finally defeated the New York Yankees in the ALCS to make it to their first-ever World Series. 

    They met the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1980 World Series and they started off strong as they claimed the first two games of the series to head into game 3 with a 2-0 advantage, but it isn’t all bad news as the Royals hit back by winning the next two games to level the series. The Phillies then won the next two, and the Royals were left heartbroken as they lost the series 4-2. 

    By 1984, the Royals were putting together a strong team and they bolstered their pitching stocks by signing Bret Saberhagen (who stayed with the Royals from 1984-1991) as they now had a quality team to compete with the best. 

    While the Royals lost the ALCS to the Detroit Tigers in 1984, they responded in an emphatic fashion in 1985. The Royals gathered seven more wins to their 1984 tally, as they claimed their seventh American League West Division pennant after finishing first with 91 wins, which handed them an ALCS appearance against the Toronto Blue Jays. 

    The Royals won the ALCS but did it the hard way as the Blue Jays won the opening two games of the series before the Royals cut the deficit and they won game 3. Things were looking bleak for the Royals when the Blue Jays took out game 4 and they had a 3-1 advantage. 

    The Royals responded by winning the next three games, winning the series 4-3 and they advanced to their second World Series where they would meet the St Louis Cardinals. In just their second World Series appearance, the Royals faced an uphill battle once again as the Cardinals took out the opening two games of the series, much like the Blue Jays did in the ALCS. 

    Royals fans might have been feeling a bit of deja vu when they took out game 3 to make the series 2-1, reminiscent of the ALCS, and it became more prominent when the Cardinals took out game 4 to hand them a 3-1 lead. 

    There was no need to worry for Royals fans, as the Royals responded by winning the next three games of the series to hand them their maiden World Series title, and they won the series 4-3. 

    Following their 1985 World Series triumph, the Royals entered a form slump that lasted 29 years. The Royals returned from the brink and they made a miraculous comeback to the postseason by appearing in the 2014 World Series, although they lost the series 4-3 to the San Francisco Giants, it set them up for next year. 

    The following year, the Royals clinched their second World Series title, when they finished first in the American League Central. The Royals did the hard work in their ALDS win over the Houston Astros as they took out the first game, then the Royals responded. The Astros then took out game 3 before the Royals won the next two to advance to the ALCS. 

    The Royals then met the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS and unlike in their previous encounter with the Blue Jays, it was the Royals who had a 2-0 advantage heading into game 3 of the series before the Blue Jays hit back with a win. 

    While the next two games saw the Royals and the Blue Jays each win one game, the Royals won game 6 as they advanced to their fourth World Series where they would face the New York Mets. 

    The Royals took out the opening two games of the World Series before the Mets hit back, but luckily for the Royals fans it was the only win they had as the Royals took out the next two games and they won their second World Series. 

    Since then the Royals have once again fallen in a hole and they have finished third in the 2016 and 2017 seasons while in the 2018 and 2019 seasons they finished even lower at fifth and fourth, respectively. 

    While the year 2020 has thrown many curveballs, the 2020 season was a short-lived one and the league only played 60 games instead of the 162 games which saw the Royals win only 26 games placing them fifth in the division. 

    The 2021 season was another struggle for the Royals, they finished fourth in the AL Central, with a season record of 74-88. The Royals ended up finishing 19 games behind the AL Central leading White Sox.

    The Kansas City Royals finished the 2022 Major League Baseball season with a record of 65-97, which put them in last place in the American League Central Division. They did not qualify for the playoffs in 2022. The Royals improved throughout the season, but their rebuild still has a long way to go if they want to get back to being a playoff baseball team.

    Expert 2023 Picks & Preview on Kansas City Royals

    Our experts will provide an analysis on the Royals’ chances closer to the start of the 2023 season. In the meantime, you can check out our thoughts on the team before the 2022 season started:

    If you are a fan of the Kansas City Royals, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2022 season. Do the Kansas City Royals have the star power to make it all the way to the World Series in 2022?

    After a rough finish in 2021, the Kansas City Royals should be better in 2022. However, they are still a long way away from competing for or winning another World Series championship. But a winning record is certainly within reach this season. 

    Preview on the Kansas City Royals’ Manager: Mike Matheny

    Coming into his 10th season as a Major League Baseball manager, Mike Matheny currently has a 649–546 regular season win-loss record in charge of the St Louis Cardinals and now the Kansas City Royals.

    At the conclusion of his 13 year major league career as a player, Matheny retired with 925 hits from 3,877 at bats at a .239 career batting average, to go along with 67 home runs, 443 RBIs and an on base percentage of .293. He was also a four time Gold Glove Award recipient (2000, 2003-2005).

    In 2008 Matheny returned to the St Louis Cardinals as a special adviser. After several years with the organisation Matheny became the youngest manager in the major leagues when he was appointed to the top job at the Cardinals.

    Matheny led St Louis to three consecutive NL Central division titles (2013-2015) and four consecutive trips to the postseason between 2012 and 2015. Under Matheny, the Cardinals went to the 2013 World Series, which they lost to the Red Sox.

    St Louis recorded 80+ win seasons in both 2017 and 2018, however after a 47-46 start to the 2019 season, Matheny was fired by the Cardinals.

    Leaving the Cardinals with .555 winning percentage, Matheny was named the manager of the Royals in October of 2019 following the retirement of Ned Yost.

    Preview on the Kansas City Royals’ Key Player: Salvador Perez

    Arguably the most decorated player in the Royals franchise history, Salvador Perez is going to be the most important player in Kansas City’s dugout entering the 2022 season.

    Coming into his 11th season with Kansas City, Salvador Perez has a decorated trophy cabinet with the Royals, having been named a six time All-Star (2013-2019), five time Gold Glove Award recipient (2013-2016, 2018), three time Silver Slugger Award recipient (2016, 2018, 2020) and most importantly a member of the Royals 2015 World Series championship team.

    However, after missing the entire 2019 season with a partial tear in his right elbow, many doubted whether Perez was capable of returning to his career best form. But the facts remain, he did, Perez bounced back and delivered one of the best seasons of his career. In 2022, Perez will once again be the best player in this Royals clubhouse and he should lead them to a much better finish while putting up his usual numbers. 

    Preview on the Kansas City Royals’ Next Best: Whit Merrifield

    Whit Merrifield is coming into his seventh season with the Kansas City Royals and will undeniably be one of the keys to their offense’s success going forward.

    After starting the 2017 season with Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate team, Merrifield hit at .288 with 19 home runs and 78 RBIs. He also led the American League with 34 stolen bases in 145 games.

    Whit Merifield is still one of the most important players in this Kansas City Royals clubhouse. In 2021 he put up another good season and for the third time he led the American League in steals. In 2022 he will almost certainly replicate that feat. As well as put up similar hitting numbers and defensive numbers.

    Kansas City Royals Betting & Odds Preview 2023

    The 2022 season is over and we take a look back at the Kansas City Royals betting history for the most recent season. We will provide more information in relation to the new 2023 season once information becomes available. In the meantime, have a look at the betting and odds information for the Royals before the start of the previous season:

    The Kansas City Royals were given +1500 odds to win the 2022 American League Central division this season. Their odds to win the American League Pennant were +4000 prior to the season starting. 

    While their odds to take home the Commissioner’s Trophy and win the World Series were set at +8000. Their total over/under for victories this season is set at 75.5, With odds set at (-110) for both the over and the under. Last season they managed to finish the season with a record of 74-88.

    Their odds to win their division are the lowest odds in the division. While their odds to win the American League pennant are the 11th highest. They rank 22nd in total odds among the entire league to win the World Series this season.

    Kansas City Royals FAQ

    Still got some burning questions about the Kansas City Royals? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully, you will find the answer you are looking for below! 

    Where do the Kansas City Royals play?

    The Kansas City Royals play their games at Kauffman Park.

    Who owns the Kansas City Royals? 

    The Kansas City Royals is owned by John Sherman. 

    Have the Kansas City Royals won an MLB World Series?

    The Kansas City Royals have won two World Series which occurred in 1985 and 2015. 

    Who is the Kansas City Royals general manager?

    J. J. Picollo is the general manager of the Kansas City Royals.  

    Do the Kansas City Royals play tonight?

    Are you wondering if the Kansas City Royals are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Kansas City Royals games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.

    What is the Kansas City Royals record?

    The Kansas City Royals had a 65-97 win-loss record for the 2022 MLB season. 

    Did the Kansas City Royals win last night?

    Fans of the Kansas City Royals are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much are the Kansas City Royals worth?

    According to Forbes Magazine, the Kansas City Royals are worth $1.11 billion. 

    Who do the Kansas City Royals play tonight?

    Like a lot of things in the MLB, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Kansas City Royals play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch the Kansas City Royals?

    You can watch the Kansas City Royals games on Fox Sports Kansas City and on MLB.TV. 

    Will the Kansas City Royals make the playoffs this year?

    The Kansas City Royals did not make the playoffs in the 2021 MLB season as they finished in last place in the American League Central Division with a 65-97 win-loss ratio. 

    When do the Kansas City Royals play?

    Kansas City Royals fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips, we list all the information you need like the time of the first pitch, location of the game, and the all-important MLB odds.

    Where did the Kansas City Royals finish the season?

    The Kansas City Royals finished the 2022 MLB season in last place in the American League Central. 

    How many games did the Kansas City Royals win?

    The Kansas City Royals won 65 games during the 2022 MLB season.