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The Best Of Something
They KC Royals used to have one best of something every season to bring out a couple thousand diehard fans. Best Pitcher – Zack Greinke. Best closer – Joakim Soria. Best center fielder – Carlos Beltran. Then dump them to a biggie. But this Royals team started amassing bests awhile ago; Best defensive catcher – Salvador Perez. Best defensive outfield. Best scouting system. Best defensive team. Best defensive player – Gordon. Best GM – Moore.
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Best relief staff in the history of MLB. By far. Best clubhouse attitude. Best fans. Best team at winning a series. (this was huge) Best teams in close games. Best team in extra inning games. Best closer. Best set up man – Kelvin Herrera. Player with the best attitude – Salvy. Best first base coach – Rusty Kuntz. Best stadium. Best TV viewership %. Best def SS – Alcides Escobar. Best pitcher in baseball – Wade Davis. Best defensive pitcher in baseball – Davis. Best def 1st baseman – Eric Hosmer.
The Royals at one time lead the league in infield hits, stolen bases, batting average, least strikeouts, comebacks, relief staff ERA and many other things. Don’t forget the major injuries to Greg Holland, Moose Moustakas, Alex Gordon, etc. When you include Holland, Moose and Gordon it finally becomes obvious just how great this team is.
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