What does it take? That seems to be the question. WHAT DOES IT TAKE?
What does it take for our Royals to be a winner?
Teams feared us 1970’s as we continually went to battle against the Yankees in a slugfest for the American League Championship. Just watch the “Pine Tar” game and see how passionate we were about winning. We all know that in 1980 we made it to the series against Philadelphia. We lost, but we still won the pennant. In 1985, we won the World Series. What a thrill.
In what looked like a promising 1994 season that was eventually shortened by the strike, our Royals finished at a comfortable 64-51 to find themselves in a position for playoff contention. We saw a glimpse of positivity in 2003, but the tank ran empty halfway through the season. Thats just about it. That’s all you need to know about The Kansas City Royals. It’s a pretty short story to tell considering that the other 97 percent of our beloved team’s history is saturated with some of the most pathetic baseball ever witnessed. But enough of the negativity. We have heard it before. We have to accept the past, the present, and continually hope to once again see greatness.
So, what does it take to create this so called “winning formula?”
Pos. 1985 Champs 2010 2009 Yankees Champs
Catcher- Jim Sunberg Jason Kendall Jorge Posada
First – Steve Balboni Billy Butler Mark Teixiera
Second – Frank White Chris Getz Robinson Cano
Short – Onix Concepcion Yuniesky Betancourt Derek Jeter
Third- George Brett Alberto Callaspo Alex Rodriguez
Left- Lonnie Smith Scott Podsednik Johnny Damon
Center – Willie Wilson Rick Ankiel Melky Cabrera
Right- Darryl Motley David DeJesus Nick Swisher
DH – Hal McRae Jose Gullien Hideki Matsui
Best Utility- Jorge Orta Wllie Bloomquist Xavier Nady
Top 3 Pitchers- Bret Saberhagen Zack Greinke C.C. Sabathia
Mark Gubicza Gil Meche A. J. Burnett
Danny Jackson Luke Hochevar Andy Petitite
Best Reliever- Dennis Leonard John Parrish Joba Chamberlain
Closer- Dan Quisenberry Joakim Soria Mariano Rivera
As you can see, this is interesting to compare all three teams in relation to their success. Where do we need to improve?
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