I’ve spent a lot of time talking about how the Kansas City Chiefs have been a failed organization for the last half century…
Now it’s time to talk about our other professional franchise, the Kansas City Royals. Another failed organization, located right here in Kansas City.
Older Royals fans can remember the good old days with George Brett and company. From 1975 to 1985 our Kansas City Royals were an outstanding young ball club. While that decade is often referred to as the Brett Era, it was also the Ewing Kauffman era.
Royals owner Kauffman was a billionaire went there weren’t very many of them around like there are today. And he was deeply involved in trying to make Kansas City a winner. Which he did. The Royals played in two World Series – 1980 and 1985 – and like the Chiefs were able to win in their second appearance. Our Chiefs would appear in the first Super Bowl and win a World Championship in 1970 in their second Super Bowl.
Both franchises have suffered the same fate since those World Championship seasons.
The Royals have never played a meaningful game since 1985 and the Chiefs have only won three playoff games since 1970 – worst in the NFL.
What both teams have in common is new ownership that’s been far less committed to winning a championship than their predecessors.
This year was the make it or break it year for the Kansas City Royals.
Yet general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost have failed to deliver any kind of squad that can win a division let alone a World Series.
Every year it’s the same talk.
Can we maybe be a Wild Card team? That’s confidence, huh?
I am so sick of listening to sports talk radio.
Because everything centers around two topics regarding the Royals. What should we do about third baseman Mike Moustakas and boy, our pitching and defense are great.
We’re playing around .500 ball and we’re in this thing, right?
My answers to both questions are as follows: Moustakas is a total bust, the guy can’t hit his weight and has no power. The defense is not so great, the pitching staff alone has eleven errors in 44 games. The team has no power hitter and hasn’t for years. Nobody on the team is a timely hitter including Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez. The pitching is above average but so far there are no heroes in sight.
The Royals best prospect, Wil Myers, was traded so the Royals could acquire James Shields. But while “Big Game” James has been a solid pitcher, he’s been no barn-burner and has taken the Royals nowhere. It would appear Will might be the best offensive weapon the Royals had discovered in the last two decades, but now he’s gone. And this will be Shields last year with the Royals on top of everything else.
Royals would have dumped out their DH, Billy Butler, but nobody wants him.
Alex Gordon was supposed to be the second coming of George Brett but has also been a big letdown. He’s an outstanding outfielder defensively, but his batting is only slightly above average with little power.
Lorenzo Cain is also an okay player when he isn’t injured, but nothing spectacular.
In short, the Royals have only two promising players; Hosmer and Perez.
Unfortunately, neither have shown any sign of greatness.
They’re merely two solid Major League baseball players with just above average batting averages and average power.
This Royals team will be an also ran this season and next. I see very little to build on. Oh, sports talk radio will tell you we’re in the Wild Card hunt all year. Who isn’t? Everybody’s a wild card possibility.
The overall core players on this time are either busts or just above average.
To be honest the only two big time players the Royals have had since George Brett were Carlos Beltran (who’s long gone) and Zach Greinke (who couldn’t skip town fast enough).
As I end all my stories about the Chiefs and Royals, I feel bad for the fans.
We deserve so much better.
So I’m thinking, maybe in the next decade both teams move to South Johnson County with brand new owners and then things can change for the better.
No playoff appearance for the Royals in 30 years – are you shitting me? Who would have thought that in 1985? Hey, we have nice stadiums, so take the family out for a hot dog and a beer and enjoy the vibe cause that’s all that’s left.