While the Kansas City Royals recently won a World Series, it hasn’t always been sunshine and smiles for this ball club. In fact, for nearly two decades, this organization was completely irrelevant when it came to Major League Baseball.
We all love the Kansas City Royals now, but it wasn’t like that just a few years ago.
That’s not to critique the fanbase, but more so to point out that this team was an absolute joke for a long period of time.
The Royals won the World Series in 1985, but nobody then knew that that would be the last playoff appearance for the team for another 29 years. While the Royals saw some decent seasons right after ’85, they never made it to the postseason despite playing well.
The 1995 season is when things really started to get dark though. That was after the strike-shortened season and it seemed to have become almost a curse to the franchise. The Royals could not win games and were one of the more painful teams to watch.
I grew up in the 90s and really didn’t have much to do with the Kansas City Royals or baseball in general.
In fact, I probably wouldn’t have even known the sport existed had my dad not been a DIEHARD Royals fan. When I say diehard, I mean one of the biggest Royals fans in the world.
My dad used to record games on our VCR back in the day and would get mad at my brothers and me when we’d poke fun at him for rooting for a loser.
I didn’t get into Royals baseball (or the sport at all) until I went away to college in the late 2000s. I missed my hometown, and the Royals, despite being terrible, gave me a way to feel connected to home. Of course, that wasn’t long after the Royals had lost 100 games in a season THREE years in a row.
During those dark years, however, the KC Royals weren’t completely useless. They were bad, yes, but they did have some good players on their squad during that time.
Let’s take a look at the best Kansas City Royals to play for the team during the dark years.