Saturday, March 7, 2015

#617 Kansas City Royals team

The 1969 expansion upstarts were already 9 game above .500 and a nifty AL west second place finish in their third season…As of this date the KC franchise has a one game lead in wins (3528)when to compared to the other 1969 expansion teams…Next is Montreal/Washington with 3527…. Pretty close race going on for 45 years…The franchise’s secret early on was shrewd trades and overachieving draft picks…some trades were outright steals….Joe Foy for Amos Otis….Cookie Rojas for Fred Rico…In 1972 John Mayberry trade was added to the list bringing a consistent power threat....The pitching staff was solid but unspectacular and would get better…Team record wise all of the marks set up to 1971 marks have been eclipsed many times over…never the less good start KC and mixed result since…after this card came out the Royals have 8 post season appearences….one world series (controversial), two world series losses) and big 28 year gap between playoffs berths. 


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