Kansas City Royals Becoming Baseball Royalty?

Baseball’s back, back, back… back again…

All seems right on Earth now that baseball has started back up with the preseason is in full swing. There are several choices on the baseball menu. The choice between watching Spring Training in Florida or Arizona or even watching some Worldly Baseball. Heck, if you like football just as much as baseball, here’s a team combining the two sports into one.

But the biggest news of the preseason are the undefeated Chicago Blackhawks Kansas City Royals. Yes, you read that correctly. The Royals are tearing up Arizona baseball. They are sitting at a crazy 11-0 record and Kansas City fans are probably rejoicing thinking this is their year. For those that know me, I’ve been praising the Royals for the past several years due to their prospects in their farm system. But, year after year the Royals have simply disappointed the fans and experts. In fact, the Royals haven’t tasted the playoffs since 1985 when they won the World Series.

This season the Royals kicked up their offseason up a notch and traded their number 1 prospect (Wil Myers) to Tampa Bay for two decent starting pitchers in James Shields and Wade Davis. This doesn’t seem like a big deal but it is. The Royals had one of the lowest inning eating starting rotations in 2012 which managed only 69 Quality Starts (3rd worst in the MLB). Their entire pitching staff ERA was 4.30 which was the 8th lowest in the 2012 season). So did they need pitching… yes. Did they get the best… no. Did they give away the next Mike Trout… maybe. But the front office is making a statement to their fans that ‘this is our year’. Their offense is young but stellar. They managed to have the 7th highest batting average and 6th most hits in 2012. And their offense will just be getting better as their young players mature another year.

So, does their 11-0 Spring Training Record mean anything? The Angels and Dodgers hope Spring Training records mean nothing (Angels are a pathetic 2-8 and the Dodgers are 4-6). While Seattle hopes their records win them the World Series (Mariners are 10-2 and could destroy the Angel fans’ dream team). Baseball fans everywhere will just have to wait until October to see how accurate the 2013 Spring Training foreshadowing is. I’m rooting for the Royals and Mariners.

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