We all know how important team chemistry is to the Kansas City Royals. Now, this chemistry is starting to be recognized nationally.
Team chemistry may well be the one somewhat secret weapon left to the Kansas City Royals. While other teams have attempted to replicate their dominate bullpen, and have even taken measures to focus more on defense, the Royals team chemistry is one area that another team cannot copy. It has been a carefully crafted part of the squad, with Dayton Moore and the front office focusing more on how a player would fit in as opposed to if they happen to be the most talented player on the market.
However, that chemistry has begun to garner attention. Over the past two seasons, as the Royals made consecutive World Series appearances, the baseball universe got to see first hand how much the team enjoys playing together. More than a squad of 25 individuals, they have become a cohesive unit, one where no one player is more important than the team and the overall goal of returning to the postseason.
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Perhaps it is, therefore, not a surprise that Sports Illustrated ranked the Kansas City Royals as having the best team chemistry in baseball. It was certainly a part of the design when Moore looked to have his prospects all arrive at the majors at close to the same time, with the idea that their time together in the minors, and success, would carry over. This plan has truly come to fruition.
It is also a part of the reason why the Royals have been able to keep their home grown talent. Alex Gordon likely could have gotten more money elsewhere, but he chose to remain. Salvador Perez, the heart of the Royals clubhouse, signed his second long term extension. Eric Hosmer has cited the Royals chemistry as a reason as to why he is interested in a long term deal of his own.
This chemistry could even entice free agents to come to Kansas City. In seeing how much fun the Royals have, and how much they enjoy one another, to be considered as a fit in that clubhouse has to be an honor. The Royals certainly do their part to find out if a player is a fit, even walking away from players because of those concerns. Their chemistry matters.
The Kansas City Royals clubhouse chemistry has helped them become more than the sum of their parts. It is certainly no surprise that it is now being recognized as an important part of the process.