KC becomes royal


Alyssa Magrone

Ben Zobrist thanking his fans at the Royals parade on Nov. 3.

Hayden Weatherman, Writer

The Kansas City Royals are World Series champions after defeating the New York Mets, four to one, in a seven game series.

Kansas City broke their 30-year World Series championship losing streak.

Kansas City was 18 games above .500 with a record of 52-34 at the All Star break.

After the break the Royals were 43-33, making their final record 95-67.

That record motivated them to achieve first place in the American League Central.

The Royals brought in several players that made an impact on their team. Pitchers Edison Volquez and Chris Young were added to the Royals lineup. Volquez led the team in earned run average and in wins. Young had 11 wins out of 34 games played and outfielder Alex Rios signed a one-year contract.

Kendrys Morales was the big name player signed during the offseason. Morales had 22 home runs. He also led the team in runs batted in.

Trades were made throughout the season to add to their roster. They brought in Ben Zobrist from the Oakland A’s in place of Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks. Throughout the postseason Zobrist had two home runs with six RBI’s.

Another important trade was acquiring pitcher Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds. In exchange, the Royals gave the Reds pitchers Brandon Finnagen, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

Cueto pitched 13 games for the Royals and had an earned run average of 4.76,helping the royals improve in pitching.

Kansas City has four players as finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award: Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon. Perez also won the World Series MVP. Alcides Escobar won the American League Championship Series MVP.

Lorenzo Cain, Wade Davis, Escobar, Gordon and Perez represented Kansas City in the American League All-Star game.

Royals general manager, Dayton Moore, and Royals manager, Ned Yost, have brought back the 1985 Royals’ trend and made Kansas City champions.