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New stat shows Royals are second-oldest team in the majors

The Royals recent acquisitions, including 42-year-old Raul Ibañez, have led their roster to become the second-oldest in the majors.
The Royals recent acquisitions, including 42-year-old Raul Ibañez, have led their roster to become the second-oldest in the majors. The Kansas City Star

A statistic courtesy of STATS LLC caught Royals manager Ned Yost by surprise Thursday. The Royals are actually the second-oldest team in the majors, surpassed in age only by the Yankees. The average Royal is aged 30 and 231 days.

The team’s recent acquisitions skewed the numbers a tad. Since July the team has picked up outfielder Raul Ibañez (42), reliever Scott Downs (38) and Jason Frasor (36).

“Our core is young,” Yost said. “But our team is obviously not anymore.”

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