The KC Royals put four players on the 2015 American League All-Star team, which is something of a let down after all the hue and cry when eight Kansas City Royals players led voting at their respective positions in mid June.
The four KC Royals to win election are:
LF Alex Gordon
CF Lorenzo Cain
The fans selected more KC Royals to start the All-Star game than any other team. Four is also the largest number of Kansas City Royals voted into the All-Star game in franchise history, and the most from any one team since four Red Sox players won starting bids in 2008.
With KC Royals manager Ned Yost also the skipper for the A.L. All-Star team, the A.L. squad will show a definite Kansas City flavor in Cincinnati. Yost is bringing his entire staff as coaches for the All-Star game.
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Once again, we see evidence of Kansas City’s trek from the periphery of the major-league universe into the core. While Kansas City Royals fans had a large part to do with the KC flavor of the A.L. squad, four Royals would not have won election on the strength of major-league baseball’s second smallest metro area alone.
Obviously, the Q factor for Kansas City Royals players has zoomed since the team won the American League pennant in 2014, and have jumped out to a 4.5 game lead in the A.L Central in 2015 with a 46-33 record.
In the following slide show, I will review the season of each KC Royals player that has earned an All-Star nod, and give a little perspective where they are in their careers.
Enjoy KC Royals fans. Who knows when we’ll see this again? If there is anything that 29 years of failure have taught me, it’s to savor success when it comes: