Kansas City Royals Tickets
The 2017 season is a must-win-now scenario for the Kansas City Royals. With a bloated payroll and the majority of their veteran core set to become free agents next season, this team’s window for a World Series title is closing fast. Sadly, the organization will be playing with a heavy heart following the tragic death of pitcher Yordano Ventura, who perished in a car accident in his home country of the Dominican Republic in January.
Kansas City’s rotation finished last season ranked 12th in the AL with a 4.67 ERA, with Danny Duffy emerging as their top guy, followed by Ian Kennedy and lefty Jason Vargas. Travis Wood and Jason Hammel were both signed to two-year deals before spring training and will be battling with Chris Young and Matt Strahm for the open spots in the Royals pitching rotation this season. The bullpen used to be a strength of this Kansas City ball club, but is no longer what it once was. With Wade Davis traded to the Chicago Cubs, Greg Holland out with Tommy John surgery, among other losses, the appearance of the bullpen will be different but hopefully just as effective. Kelvin Herrera will step in to the closer role with Joakim Soria and potentially Strahm, depending on if he wins a rotation spot, will step in as the set-up men. Alicides Escobar started all 162 games at shortstop for Kansas City last season, and despite a slump at the plate, is solid defensively. The Royals are banking on Raul Mondesi emerging as their second baseman, but if his bat doesn’t come around, look for Whit Merrifield to take his place. At the corners, Eric Hosmer at first and third baseman Mike Moustakas are a large part of this veteran core, and will need to play well this season for a successful playoff run to happen. The Royals outfield is certainly an asset in 2017, with Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Paulo Orlando from left to right field. Jorge Soler, who was acquired from Chicago in the Wade Davis trade, could potentially share right field with Orlando if he can show improvement defensively. Salvador Perez will remain behind the plate as the Royals elite catcher, backed up by Drew Butera.
Be sure to grab your Kansas City Royals tickets and head out to the ballpark this season to catch this year’s roster in action. It is certain that the core of this team will be broken up either during the 2017 season, depending on how it goes, or next offseason. Royals’ fans are among the best in MLB and should be excited for the 2017 season to commence.
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.