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  •  Former Royals fan here (5+ / 0-)

    From the glory days.

    Back when I was in journalism school at Missouri, one of the sports guys needed some photos at a Royals' game, and I was able to snag the assignment.

    I was just a kid of what, 20 or so, and in college at that. But I'm on the field taking pictures when the Yankees were in town, so there's George Brett in one dugout, and Reggie Jackson in the other.

    Unbelievable and unforgettable.

    Please proceed, governor

    by Senor Unoball on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:58:49 AM PST

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    •  Royals fan since 1969 (1+ / 0-)
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      I became interested in baseball the same year the Royals franchise was birthed in 1969, and thought it would be cool to root for a team from its inception.

      But the way Major League Baseball is currently constituted means that some teams are consigned to permanent also-ran status (see the aforementioned Royals, the Pirates, the Twins, etc.), while others in certain markets can do no wrong, and always seem to have access to the best players available (yeah, you know who I'm talking about).

      But, because even the crappiest team can turn a buck, there's no incentive for some owners to improve their product. The Royals will always give their skinflint owners a profit each year, and that's as much as they care about the franchise. The idea that the Royals could compete for the playoffs just doesn't enter into the equation, and anybody who gets too good is vended off to one of the certain market teams for a song, or some promising minor leaguer, and the process of developing talent starts all over again. The Royals are little more than a major league farm club, providing good players a chance to showcase their talents so they can go to another team and play for pennants.

      Anymore I subsist on memories of the 1976-78, 1980 and 1985 teams. It's too bad.

      •  The Pirates are making noise (0+ / 0-)

        Its not like the NFL, but baseball teams can certainly get themselves out of the doldrums.  Its trickier for the small market teams, but it can be done.

        There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

        by slothlax on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 01:59:52 PM PST

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