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It Shouldn’t Have To Be This Difficult

For most of the last quarter of a century, the Kansas City Royals have done something more difficult than achieving success…they’ve avoided it completely.

Royals fans are very well aware of the last time their favorite team played a post-season game. It was October of 1985, and there is a large group of Royals fans that have been born and graduated college and maybe even gotten their first promotion that have never witnessed this feat. This is truly a remarkable feat, especially when you consider the following things that have taken place in major league baseball since October of 1985:

  • The Florida/Miami Marlins have managed to enter the league as an expansion team, and win 2 World Series titles
  • The Colorado Rockies emerged as an expansion team and have qualified for the playoffs 3 times and played in one World Series
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks entered the league as an expansion team and have qualified for the playoffs 5 times and won one World Series title
  • The Tampa Bay Rays entered the league as an expansion team and have made 3 playoff appearances and one World Series appearance, and are currently on pace to make the playoffs again this year
  • The Cincinnati Reds have made 3 playoff appearances and won one World Series title, and are currently on pace to make the playoffs again this year
  • The Minnesota Twins have made 8 playoff appearances and won two World Series titles
  • The Baltimore Orioles have made 2 playoff appearances and are currently on pace to make the playoffs this year
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates have made 3 playoff appearances and are currently in contention for a playoff spot this year
  • The Toronto Blue Jays have made 4 playoff appearances and won 2 World Series titles
  • The Cleveland Indians have made 7 playoff appearances and appeared in 1 World Series
  • The Oakland Athletics have made 9 playoff appearances, 3 World Series appearances, and won 1 World Series title
  • The Seattle Mariners have made 4 playoff appearances
  • The Milwaukee Brewers have made 2 playoff appearances
  • The San Diego Padres have made 4 playoff appearances and one World Series appearance

The 14 organizations listed above are all similar in market size to the Royals.  Most of these organizations have had multiple runs of competitive/championship baseball in the time that the Royals have not even been able to put together one. The only organization that has managed to go longer than the Royals without a playoff appearance is the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals.  However, they are all but assured of making the playoffs this season.  While Royals fans likely are ready to throw their computers out the window after reading this, it provides some good perspective on just how pathetic this organization has been over the last 25+ years.

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