In another effort to keep fans excited about baseball, Major League Baseball announced a dream tournament simulated with the KC Royals and 31 other teams.
The Dream Bracket presented by DraftKings will be played on Out Of the Park 21 software and consists of all the current big league squads plus a Negro League All-Stars and Under 25 years-old All-Star roster. The Negro League team is on the American League side of the bracket while the team of young stars lands on the National League side. It isn’t real baseball, but it’ll still hopefully appeal to our KC Royals audience.
The Royals are 10 seed and will square off against the No. 7 Chicago White Sox. Each matchup will be a best-of-seven format and the Royals first-round series is set for simulation on April 20th at 9:00 am CST.
The pitchers selected for Kansas City is packed with names almost all Royals’ fans will be familiar with. Many of them are listed on our top-10 starters of all time. Hurlers Bret Saberhagen, Zack Greinke, Kevin Appier, Paul Splittorff, Greg Holland, Dan Quisenberry, Dennis Leonard, Mark Gubicza, Wade Davis and Jeff Montgomery will take the mound.
The starters in the field announced are:
- C: Salvador Perez
- 1B: Mike Sweeney
- 2B: Frank White
- 3B: George Brett
- SS: Freddie Patek
- LF: Alex Gordon
- CF: Willie Wilson
- RF: Carlos Beltran
- DH: Bo Jackson
Coming off the bench will be players like Hal McRae, Whit Merrifield, Amos Otis, Lorenzo Cain, and Darrell Porter. Many of these players were recently profiled on a Royals all-time starting lineup we put together recently.
Chicago will have plenty of star power on their side especially as their franchise history goes back many more decades than the Royals. Some of the legendary names on the White Sox roster include Carlton Fisk, Frank Thomas, Nellie Fox, Harold Baines, Chris Sale, Bobby Jenks, and Bobby Thigpen.
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If the Royals are able to get past the White Sox, they will take on the winner of the Oakland A’s versus the Tampa Bay Rays. This will be another gimmick to pass the time but for us baseball junkies, it will be fun to watch unfold.