KC Royals: Five Most Influential Players In Franchise History

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Nov 3, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) holds the championship trophy toward fans during the parade route at Union Station. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) holds the championship trophy toward fans during the parade route at Union Station. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 3, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Christian Colon speaks to fans while holding the Commissioners Trophy during the World Series victory celebration on stage at Union Station. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Christian Colon speaks to fans while holding the Commissioners Trophy during the World Series victory celebration on stage at Union Station. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

CONCLUSION:

The 2016 Kansas City Royals are the heirs to a great legacy created by their predecessors. Yes, the franchise suffered through a dark age of almost 30 years before finding their way back to baseball relevance. But, to put the current achievements in perspective, the KC Royals have won more playoff games in the last two years than the Chicago Cubs have in the last 100.

That’s crazy.

And, even during what seemed like lost years, general manager Dayton Moore remembered enough about the Golden Era teams to create a similar style today. Moore earned his front office stripes in the Atlanta Braves executive suite under John Schuerholz, who learned his trade under Cedric Tallis and Joe Burke in Kansas City.

I expect that Dayton Moore’s current KC Royals team will also leave a long legacy. The tremendous situational baseball that has allowed the 2015 Kansas City Royals to pull off more late-inning playoff comebacks than any team in history will get passed down by players on the current team who choose to become coaches and mentors to the next generation of players.

Next: Kansas City Royal All-Time Roster

Stick around, KC Royals fans. You’ll be telling your grandchildren about these days.

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