KC Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield hasn’t lacked for motivation. He’s been overlooked by the Royals front office plenty of times. Recently, he didn’t receive an All-Star Game nod despite being Kansas City’s most consistent batter. But it’s OK. The snubs fuel his consistency.
No franchise has won a World Series and then lost quite like this, quite this soon, in at least 50 years. This is the first in a two-part series examining the state of the team, attempting to answer this question: How did they get here?
The Kansas City Royals have one of baseball’s worst records in baseball, and their slumping season is reflected in local market TV ratings. But not everybody has tuned out. The Royals rank fifth in local market ratings among all major-league teams.
Less than 24 hours after Drew Butera cranked the speakers in the clubhouse to celebrate their first win in 13 days, the Royals’ pitching staff surrendered an early lead and lost to the Twins 8-5 at Target Field on Wednesday afternoon, wasting Salvador Perez's three-run homer.