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In putting together such a roster, there are going to be those players who were just on the outside looking in. One could easily make a case for Paul Splittorff or Tom Gordon to join the pitching staff. Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye, John Mayberry and Joe Randa, among others, could easily be included in the lineup. Unfortunately, there just is not enough room for everyone.
In a way, this roster almost mirrors what the Kansas City Royals are today. The defense is superb, particularly in the outfield and in the middle of the infield. The bullpen is excellent, with a mixture of hard throwing relievers and those who rely upon control to get outs. The rotation may be the weakest link, but with Saberhagen, Greinke and Appier at the top, they should be solid enough to keep the game close.
Offensively, while there may not be a lot of power, that contact and speed game is in full effect. Virtually everyone in the lineup, with the exceptions of Porter and Sweeney, has more than adequate speed, allowing that pressure based offense to come through here as well.
So, what do you think of the Royals all time 25 man roster? Who do you think should have made the cut, and who should be taken off? Let us know in the comments!