Kansas City Royals News
Twenty-nine years later, the Royals have returned to the World Series.
By the time James Shields delivers the first pitch of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday night (6:30 p.m. CT air time on FOX, 7:07 p.m. first pitch), his Kansas City Royals will have had five full days of rest since Greg Holland delivered the final pitch of the American League Championship Series.
For the first time since the American League Wild Card Game, the Royals will have home-field advantage for a postseason series. But due to the similarity of the opponents, the location of the games could be less of a factor than how it was initially perceived in the AL Championship Series.
Royals manager Ned Yost and one-third of his starting lineup -- shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Nori Aoki -- previously called Miller Park home.
On the Royals' scorching run to the World Series, Jarrod Dyson hasn't been afraid to ruffle feathers -- like when he correctly predicted the American League Championship Series wouldn't go back to Baltimore -- but he's simply going by what he sees from his team.
After calls were challenged every 1.9 games and overturned at a 47 percent clip during the first regular season of expanded replay, those numbers have dropped to one challenge every 2.8 games with a reversal rate of 33 percent in the postseason.
David Glass waited a long time to hoist a championship trophy. Now he's enjoying his team's remarkable run and relishing the way it is making the hometown fans come alive.
It's a crazy time in Kansas City, where fans who had gone without postseason baseball since 1985 have been ecstatic while the Royals have reeled off eight straight postseason wins.
One of the best things about the Royals winning the American League pennant is that in addition to putting Kansas City back on the map, it reminds fans all over that this city has a tremendous baseball history.
Ned Yost was at Kauffman Stadium to direct his Royals through a workout in preparation for Tuesday night's Game 1 of the 110th World Series against the San Francisco Giants (6:30 p.m. CT on FOX, with first pitch at 7:07). But he spent several minutes being as expansive and introspective as he's been during his five years as Kansas City's skipper.
While the soaring confidence of the K.C. faithful in these dashing young Royals is fully justified, they haven't seen anything yet quite like this troupe from San Francisco.
Terrance Gore has not done much besides pinch-run during the Royals' unprecedented 8-0 run to start the postseason, but his spot on their roster for the World Series is not in jeopardy.
James Shields will start for the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, while rookie Yordano Ventura will get the ball for Game 2 on Wednesday.
Given the modern-day setup, managers often talk about an elite bullpen's ability to shorten a game. One could argue that no bullpen has ever done that more than the 2014 Kansas City Royals'.
You watch the Royals shock reality these days, and you recall 45 years ago, when America featured everything from the dramatic to the improbable. Including the 1969 Miracle Mets.
Legendary scout Art Stewart has been with the Royals since 1969, so there's not much he hasn't seen in the game. Stewart had a front-row seat to the club's 1985 World Series championship and is now helping the club prepare for a return trip to the Fall Classic.
A cutter, a sizzling four-seamer and a knee-buckling curve have made starter-turned-setup man Wade Davis one of the game's most dominant relievers.
Two Wild Card teams enjoying improbable runs will collide when the World Series begins at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET airtime on FOX, first pitch at 8:07). Here's a position-by-position look at what is shaping up to be a heart-pounding Fall Classic.
The Royals swept the Giants in a three game series on Aug. 8-10, but the set came during a time in which San Francisco was going through a rough stretch. Now, manager Ned Yost and his players acknowledge that the sweep is a thing of the past.
Royals manager Ned Yost has plenty to think about in regard to his starting rotation and his 25-man roster for the World Series. But he does have the luxury of time.
At some point within the next two weeks, either the Royals or Giants will clinch the World Series with what will be their 12th postseason win this year. When this happens, Braves fans will be left to choose whether to feel good or disheartened by the fact that this year's Fall Classic will provide at least one former significant member of the Braves franchise a chance to celebrate baseball's ultimate prize.
It appears that the return of Korean superfan SungWoo Lee is official. The Seoul native who won the hearts of Kansas Citians this summer will make it to Game 1 of the World Series, according to Sam Kim, a political reporter for Bloomberg News in Korea.
When the Royals clinched the American League pennant on Wednesday night, the players stressed that who their next opponent would be did not concern them at the moment; they'd rather bask in the glory of their AL Championship Series win against the Orioles. That grace period lasted just over 24 hours as the Giants finished off the Cardinals on Thursday night, setting up a World Series date between San Francisco and Kansas City that will begin on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals and Giants, who will meet in the World Series, are proof that it's possible to get on a roll once you survive the Wild Card Game.
The Giants will meet the Royals in the World Series starting Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, and that thrilling experience of the Fall Classic is already underway with the launch of the 2014 World Series official gear at the MLB.com Shop.
On Wednesday, manager Ned Yost and his Royals completed a sweep of the Orioles in the American League Championship Series to advance to the World Series for the third time in franchise history. Yost, often questioned for the rigidity of his bullpen usage and affinity for the bunt, made tactical adjustments in Kansas City's latest series.
The catalyst for the Royals' magnificent run to the World Series is lodged in that epic comeback victory in the American League Wild Card Game in the eyes of general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost.
Major League Baseball announced the broadcast schedule for the 2014 World Series, which can be seen on FOX and is set to begin on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.
Here's a look at how the Kansas City Royals used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its AL pennant-winning team.
How do you beat the Giants? Rival players offer an inside look at how to face the NL champions.