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MLB baseball Betting Online: The Kansas City Royals entered Major League Baseball as an expansion franchise in 1969.
The Royals name originates from the American Royal, which is a redneck rodeo held annually in Kansas City since 1899. The Royals play home games at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Since their inception, the Royals have appeared in two World Series, winning the championship in 1985. George Brett is the only player to be enshrined in the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame as a Royal.
Jack McKeon was the club’s first skipper but after six years of mediocre baseball he was replaced by Whitey Herzog in 1975. At that point, the Royals became a force to be reckoned with in the AL West.
They won three consecutive division titles from 1976 to 1978 with players like Brett, Frank White and Bret Saberhagen. That’s when the hatred of the Yankees spawned for K.C. fans. The Royals lost three straight ALCS series to New York during those years.
Another chapter in the rivalry was written in July of 1983. After Brett blasted a two-run homer off closer Goose Gossage in the top of the ninth inning, Yankees manager Billy Martin emerged from the dugout to talk with home plate umpire Tim McClelland. After a brief conversation, McClelland pointed to Brett in the dugout and signaled he was out.
The umpires had determined that the pine tar on Brett’s bat had been rubbed more than 18 inches above the handle, which was in violation of league rules. Brett stormed out of the dugout enraged and was eventually thrown out of the game by McClelland.
Upon a complaint by Kansas City and a review by the commissioner, Brett’s home run was reinstated and the Royals eventually won the postponed game weeks later. This saga has simply become known as the "Pine Tar Incident." The Royals met the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1985 Fall Classic and it was dubbed the "I-70 Series" because the two clubs are separated by 250 miles on that highway. Kansas City trailed 3-1 in the series but came back in dramatic fashion in Game 6 and ultimately won Game 7 for its first and only World Series title.
Young stars like Bo Jackson, Tom Gordon and Kevin Seitzer were expected to prolong the success into the 1990s, but a difficult division hindered the Royals from either reaching the postseason, or advancing if they got there. In 1989, Kansas City won 92 games but failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Since 1993, the Royals have finished with a winning record just once. In 2002, they lost 100 games for the first time in franchise history. Low payrolls followed and team brass dealt budding superstars such as Carlos Beltran and Johnny Damon.
The team lost 106 games in 2005 and finished 43 games out of first place. With 100 more losses in 2006, the Royals became the first team in league history to lose 100 or more games in three consecutive seasons.
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