The Success of the Kansas City Royals

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The Kansas City Royals are in the World Series. Yes, I said that right. In fact, the Royals are very close to becoming world champions in baseball. As of right now, the Royals are losing three to two against the San Francisco Giants. The Royals were the laughing stock of baseball just a few years ago, always having losing seasons and never actually advancing. This playoff appearance is their first time being in the playoffs since 1985, making that an end to a 29-year drought of failing to make it to postseason baseball. As a result of the Royals being in the playoffs, it has made playoff baseball very interesting. Everyone is now rooting for the underdog, which is of course the Royals. The Royals barely even made it into the postseason. To actually get into the postseason, the Royals had to win the one game wild card playoff. In the wild card playoff, the Royals won in extra innings, thus making their first playoff game in 29 years incredibly exciting.

The wild card game truly energized the Royal players, for the Royals swept the teams in their next two series. Now as aforementioned, the Royals are in the World Series in a close series. In order to become world champions, the Royals need to win two more games, which is extremely exciting. Will the Royals win the World Series? The answer to this question is still unknown, but in only a few short days their dream of becoming world champions may become a reality.

The situation of the Kansas City Royals truly relates to one of the readings we have done in class, which is the Melian Dialogue. In the Melian Dialogue, the Athenians try to act superior and take over the small Melian population. The Athenians try force the Melians to surrender and become apart of the Athenian empire. Instead of joining the Athenians and not going to war against the Athenians, the Melians decided to go to war against the Athenians. The Melians did not want their citizens to submit to the Athenians, because the Melians valued their citizens and wanted them to have equality. The decision the Melians made to value their citizens more and fight the Athenians is very comparable to the way the Royals treated the Major League Baseball. For a while, the Royals were the smallest team, never winning games. The Royals never tried to buy their way to get better players such as other teams did, instead the Royals built up their minor league system and drafted young and good athletes because they truly valued young talent. The Royals valued young talent more than buying players and trying to become superior, for they wanted to start as an inferior team, value their team, become a superior franchise and make the playoffs. As a result of the Royals not conforming to what the rest of the league was doing, the Royals followed what the Melians did and focused on the players, their own team and not worrying about the other players on the other teams. Although the Melians ended up having to surrender once they lost in the war, the Melians still teach a meaningful message. The message that the story of the Melians teaches is to value one’s citizens and never try to lose one’s identity by following what other people do. The Royals truly compare to the Melians, for they never strayed away from their identity and are now in a great position to win the World Series. Hopefully, the Royals situation will end differently than the Melians and the Royals will become world champions. The Royals have truly gained the respect from the rest of the world as a great baseball team regardless of if they win the World Series or not.

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3 thoughts on “The Success of the Kansas City Royals

  1. Very good article. As a baseball fan and player I can really relate to this. I like the comparison you made with the Royals and Melians. Unlike the Yankees who do seek to make big money trades without giving their farm teams a chance, the Royals had trust within and developed their players. It makes it a good story for two reasons. Obviously the first is because it is the Royals who are in the World Series. But the second is kind of a testament to the owner down on their hard work and determination to get the Royals back on track. They were once the laughing stock of MLB now, they are at the top and with the talent they have now, they might just be there for a while..

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  2. I too agree with your comparison between the Royals and the Melians. However, another team that is actually very similar to the Royals, and thus the Melians are the San Francisco Giants. The Giants still do not spend much money on acquiring superstar players, most of their best players such as Bumgarner, Cain, Lincecum Posey, Belt, and Crawford have all hailed from their farm system. Before 2010, and the Giants’s multiple playoff successes they two were in the same position a the Royals. They had not won a world series since the franchise had moved to California in the mid 1900s. They suffered losing season after losing season even with great players like Barry Bonds, and many people were calling for the General Managers head. However, like the Royals, the Giants organization developed their minor league talent as well as picking up players that most teams did not want, such as Hunter Pence and Gregor Blanco. Thus, it is easy to see how both teams in the World Series have come to get their in a very similar way and are also very similar to a specific island city-state.

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  3. Great post, i never would have made the connection between the Royals and the Melians without it. I would however argue that there one Major difference. You talk about the Royals focusing on there own team and not wanting to buy these big name players. I would argue, however, that the reason they didn’t buy big name player is not because they didn’t want to, but because they couldn’t. As you said the Royals had a long history of losing and were a laughing stock in the MLB. These two things combined with the fact that they are one of the smaller markets in the league is a recipe for disaster in free agency. What free agency would want to get paid less to play for a bad team with few prospects. I would argue a more accurate comparison to the Melians would be the Boston Red Soc. The Red Sox have arguably the richest history in baseball and are located in a sports mecca. If they wanted to they could attract countless big names. Instead they do what they know and that is train from withing. They diverted from this method when they spent big money on Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford and it was a disaster. Soon after they made what was viewed as a lopsided trade and god rid of those players so they could go back to there roots. And that worked out just fine fro them.

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