Opinion

Royals’ teams in first place after 70 games are rare

The Royals’ Jarrod Dyson (from left) Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar celebrated their 11-4 over Detroit on Tuesday night that put Kansas City in first place in the AL Central.
The Royals’ Jarrod Dyson (from left) Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar celebrated their 11-4 over Detroit on Tuesday night that put Kansas City in first place in the AL Central. AP

When the Royals moved into first place in the AL Central on Tuesday night, it marked the first time since 2003 that they led their division later than May 15. They never led in 2005, ’06, ’10 and ’12.

And according to STATS, LLC, the 2014 Royals are only the fourth KC team since the 1985 World Series champions to lead the division after 70 games. The others: 1987, ’93 and 2003.

Year

Last day in first

Final record

AL Central finish

2003

Aug. 29

83-79

Third

2004

April 5

58-104

Fifth

2003

Aug. 29

83-79

Third

2008

April 14

75-87

Fourth

2009

May 15

65-97

Fourth

2011

April 16

71-91

Fourth

2013

May 2

86-76

Third

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