The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Kansas City, Missouri. They formerly played in the American League West until the 1994 realignment, where they now compete in the American League Central.
The team was formed by pharmaceutical executive Ewing Kauffman as a result of the move of the Athletics to Oakland, and began play in 1969. They quickly became competitive, achieving a winning record in their third season with an 85–76 win-loss record. By 1976, the young team was becoming the dominant force in the American League West, winning 90 or more games in four consecutive seasons from 1975 to 1978.
Despite two lapses to below 80 wins in the 1980s, the Royals continued to be a strong force, reaching the 1980 World Series (before being defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies), and winning in 1985 against cross-state rivals the St. Louis Cardinals. During that postseason, they became the only team to ever rally from a three games to one deficit twice to win the World Series.
The team remained competitive throughout the mid-1990s before entering a long period of failure. From 1995 through 2013, the team had only two winning seasons in 2003 and 2013. For 28 consecutive seasons, between the 1985 World Series championship and 2014, the Royals did not qualify to play in the Major League Baseball postseason, one of the longest postseason droughts during baseball's expanded wild-card era. The worst years during this era were from 2002 to 2006, when the Royals had four 100-loss seasons out of five.
The team broke its postseason drought by securing the franchise's first ever wild card berth in 2014. They advanced to the 2014 World Series, where they were defeated by the San Francisco Giants in seven games. The next season, the team would go 95–67, the best record in the American League, securing the franchise's first divisional title since 1985, and the first Central division title ever. The team would eventually advance to the 2015 World Series, where they defeated the New York Mets in five games.
|American League Wild Card|
|American League Division Series|
|American League Championship Series|
|Most Valuable Player Award|
|Cy Young Award|
|Rookie of the Year Award|
|Manager of the Year Award|
|World Series Most Valuable Player Award|
|World Series champions †||AL champions *||Division champions ^||Wild card berth (1995–present) ¤|
|1969||MLB||AL||West||4th||69||93||.426||28||Lou Piniella (ROY)|
|1976||MLB||AL||West ^||1st||90||72||.556||–||Lost ALCS (Yankees) 3–2|
|1977||MLB||AL||West ^||1st||102||60||.630||–||Lost ALCS (Yankees) 3–2|
|1978||MLB||AL||West ^||1st||92||70||.568||–||Lost ALCS (Yankees) 3–1|
|1980||MLB||AL *||West ^||1st||97||65||.599||–||Won ALCS (Yankees) 3–0
Lost World Series (Phillies) 4–2 *
|George Brett (MVP)|
|1981||MLB||AL||West||5th||20||30||.400||12||Lost ALDS (Athletics) 3–0|
|1984||MLB||AL||West ^||1st||84||78||.519||–||Lost ALCS (Tigers) 3–0|
|1985||MLB †||AL *||West ^||1st||91||71||.562||–||Won ALCS (Blue Jays) 4–3
Won World Series (Cardinals) 4–3 †
|Bret Saberhagen (CYA, WS MVP)|
|1989||MLB||AL||West||2nd||92||70||.568||7||Bret Saberhagen (CYA)|
|1994||MLB||AL||Central||3rd||64||51||.557||4||Playoffs canceled||Bob Hamelin (ROY)|
David Cone (CYA)
|1999||MLB||AL||Central||4th||64||97||.398||32½||Carlos Beltrán (ROY)|
|2003||MLB||AL||Central||3rd||83||79||.512||7||Ángel Berroa (ROY)|
Tony Peña (MOY)
|2009||MLB||AL||Central||T–4th||65||97||.401||21½||Zack Greinke (CYA)|
|2014||MLB||AL *||Central||2nd ¤||89||73||.549||1||Won ALWC (Athletics)
Won ALDS (Angels) 3–0
Won ALCS (Orioles) 4–0
Lost World Series (Giants) 4–3 *
|2015||MLB †||AL *||Central ^||1st||95||67||.586||—||Won ALDS (Astros) 3–2
Won ALCS (Blue Jays) 4–2
Won World Series (Mets) 4–1 †
|Salvador Pérez (WS MVP)|
|Regular season||3927||4256||.480||9 Postseason Appearances|
|Playoff games||40||34||.541||8 Division titles, 4 League pennants|
|Playoff series||8||7||.533||2 World Series Championships|
The following table describes the Royals' MLB win–loss record by decade.
These statistics are from Baseball-Reference.com's Kansas City Royals History & Encyclopedia.