Kansas City Royals Tickets
The Kansas City Royals are riding high coming off a 2015 World Series championship. Along with their Game 7 appearance in the 2014 World Series, this back to back greatness is a result of GM Dayton Moore’s establishing a winning culture via a strong core of position players and an incredible bullpen. The Royals were unable to hang onto two of last year’s trade-deadline grabs, right-hander Johnny Cueto who inked a six-year deal with the San Francisco Giants and second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist who was stolen away by a hefty four-year $56 million deal by the Chicago Cubs. Kansas City is looking for a repeat season from ace Edinson Volquez, as he crushed it with a 3.55 ERA over a whopping 200 innings in his first year with the club. They are certainly looking for a bounce back and some maturation on the mound from Yordano Ventura after a rough 2015. The acquisition of veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy should enhance the rotation along with a solid rebound year from leftie Danny Duffy. Wade Davis has been one of the most dominant relievers over the past few seasons and inherits a larger role in the bullpen along with Kelvin Herrera, Luke Hochevar, Joakim Soria and Tim Collins.
Shortstop will be fielded by Gold Glove winner Alcides Escobar while second base is somewhat a struggle for the Royals in 2016. It appears former first round pick Christian Colon will challenge the ageing Omar Infante for that spot in the lineup. Kansas City’s corner infield is solid with Mike Moustakas at third base and Eric Hosmer at first as both are stout both offensively and with their gloves. Left fielder Alex Gordon re-signed with the Royals in January for the heftiest contract in franchise history at four years, $72 million, while center field is set with Lorenzo Cain who is coming off a third-place AL MVP finish last season.
While this Royals team doesn’t have the depth that they have had as of late, the 2016 roster is certainly capable of a deep pennant race. Fans should be sure to secure all your Kansas City Royals tickets and support this talented team all summer long.
Home to the Kansas City Royals, American League Champions for 2014. It is also known to be one of the game’s most beautiful ballparks throughout all of baseball. Construction cost was $70 million 46 years ago. Commonly nicknamed “The K” the park is located in Kansas City and was built as one of the “cookie cutter” stadiums of that era. It is one of ten stadiums in Major League Baseball that does not have a corporate-sponsored name. In a special ceremony the Stadium was renamed in honor of Ewing M. Kauffman on July 2, 1993. Currently it is the only ballpark in the American League to be named after a person. The main stadium is mostly concrete, the stands wrap around the infield and end at the foul poles, with smaller bleacher sections in the outfield. Or “outfield plazas” as the Royals call them
The 2012 Major League All-Star Game was held at Kauffman Stadium, this marked the third time the Mid-Summer Classic had been played in Kansas City. Capacity at the park is 37,903 with standing room for at least 40,933. Playing surface is a grass mix different from the Astro Turf the facility used
One of the all-time favorite features of the stadium is the 322-foot water spectacular and is the largest privately funded fountain in the world. 4 Statues grace the outfield concourse behind the fountains, in the right field George Brett, Dick Howser and Frank White Jr. and in the left is the former owner Ewing Kauffman and his wife Muriel.
At 41 years old it is the sixth-oldest stadium in Major League Baseball.
Kansas City Royals History
The Kansas City Royals are a relatively young baseball team in the MLB. They were a part of the effort to bring major league level west of St. Louis in the second half of the 20th century. The Royals would play their first season in 1969 and struggle for the first few seasons, but these first few difficult seasons were forgotten as the club became the dominant team in the AL West from 1976 to 1985.
This decade of dominance had seven division titles and two World Series appearances. KC lost its first appearance in the Fall Classic in 1980 but won its second in 1985. This golden age of baseball at Kauffman Stadium was fueled by the glut of players from the farm system.
In the mid-1970s home-grown hitters like George Brett, Frank White, and Al Cowen were the focal point of the team. The early 1980s added farm-fresh pitchers like Bud Black, Danny Jackson, David Cone, and Brett Saberhagen and an occasional hitter like Kevin Seitzer. This collection of talent ultimately culminated in a World Series win in the All-Missouri Classic with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985.
Kansas City managed to maintain .500 baseball until the end of the 20th century, but the Royals opened the 21st century with a dreadful run of losing seasons and last place finishes in the AL Central. It appears that the front office has developed an appreciation of history, as it has spent the last few seasons rebuilding its farm system and now a number of exciting young players are emerging as everyday starters. If the team is able to find the pitching talent to go with these position players then KC may once again be the place to enjoy watching a contender play baseball.