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Kansas City Royals
Fast Facts About The Big Blue Bus
14th in Runs
4th in Batting Average
19th in Slugging Percentage
Brief History
The Kansas City Royals entered the league in 1969 as an expansion team. The team was the result of Missouri Senator Stuart Symington's actions. He demanded a new team after Kansas City's previous team, the Athletics, moved to Oakland in 1967.
Team Name
The name "Royals" originates from American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, and rodeo held in Kansas City since 1899.
Curse of Baseball Abstract
The baseball statistical anaylst Bill James wrote a chapter in the 1986 edition of his Baseball Abstract titled "A History of being a Kansas City Royals Baseball Fan." In the style of an opinion piece as a longtime Royals fan, rather than in his usual analytical tone, James commented that "The truth is, the Royals kicked the holy crap out of the Cardinals" in the 1985 series. The Royals have not been in the post-season since
Season Leaders
Batting
Pitching
Batting Average Norichika Aoki (.285)
Home Runs Alex Gordon (19)
Stolen Bases Willie Wilson 612
RBIs George Brett 1, 595
Wins James Shields (14)
Saves Greg Holland (46)
Saves Jeff Montgomery 304
Shut Outs Dennis Leonard 23
3rd in the AL Central