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Kauffman Stadium remains one of the best in baseball.
The Royals suffered World Series hangover, winning only 76 games in 1986.
With the core still in tact, the Royals won 83, 84 and 92 games the last three years of the 80s.
The core of the team was changing due to age and there were some key young players who were able to step in.
In 1987, the Royals youth movement included third baseman Kevin Seitzer and outfielders Bo Jackson and Danny Tartabull.
Seitzer was the runner-up to Mark McGwire for the AL Rookie-of-the-Year award. With his arrival, the "icon" George Brett was able to move to first base which helped his knees.
Jackson instantly became a hit and one of the most popular players in the game due to his outstanding defensive plays and his unbelievable power. Plus, he was one of the best NFL running backs ever as he played both sports with such dominance.
Tartabull also brought power, hitting sixty home runs in 1987 and 1988 and driving in over 100 runs in each season.
After finishing in second behind the '89 World Series champions the Oakland Athletics, the Royals made some large signings in the offseason with the hopes of dethroning the team who won the division the last three years.
The signings included pitchers Richard Dotson, Mark Davis, and Storm Davis. They also made a trade with the New York Mets to bring in depth in the name of Terry Leach.
They added relief help by trading for Larry McWilliams from the Philadelphia Phillies.
With the pitching additions, the Royals traded Charlie Leibrandt to the Atlanta Braves for Gerald Perry.
With these transactions, the youth movement and the remaining players from the "core", the Royals were expecting to get back to the top and at least stay there for a couple of seasons.
On paper the lineup looked balance and strong, the rotation looked solid with holdovers Bret Saberhagen, Mark Gubicza, youngster Tom Gordon, nineteen game winner Storm Davis from Oakland and crafty veteran Dotson.
With the need for a top closer, the Royals played big bucks for the 1989 NL Cy Young Winner Mark Davis who saved 44 games for the San Diego Padres.
Again everything looked good on paper to improve on the 92 wins or at least match it heading into the new decade, but you don't win games, divisions and titles in the winter.
The Royals quickly found this out and it hamstrung the team's aggressive approach.
The team regressed to 75 wins due to poor performances from their new arrivals.
Storm Davis won only seven games and Mark Davis saved six games to go with his plus 5 ERA.
Dotson and Leach were released during the year. McWilliams was traded in September.
The team played .500 ball the next three season. The '93 season was the last time the Royals finished above .500 until '03.
The end was here.
George Brett was 40 and no longer able to carry the team. Frank White, Willie Wilson, and Hal McRae were retired.
The youngsters who made a big splash in the late 80s were not able to completely fulfill the shoes left by the "core" and were gone.
Tartabull signed a big contract to play for the New York Yankees after the '91 season. Both Seitzer and Bo Jackson were released prior to the '92 season.
Amazingly as they all made their marks together in 1987, they were gone together five years later.
After the strike, the Royals were not able to sign big free agents or keep their players from leaving for bigger contracts.
Times were tough, but now the Royals are forming a new foundation, a new "core" of players who like the mid-seventies, will be counted on to lead them to division titles, league pennants and perhaps a World Series championship like 1985.