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Royally Yours: Season in Review

The Royals had a disappointing season finishing with a record of 80-82. It was their first losing season in five years. This was likely the last season with the core starters. Despite their struggles there were some successes for the Royals.


The Royals finished with a winning record in two of the American League divisions. They finished with a 17-15 record against the AL East and a 19-15 record against the AL West. The Royals struggled in their own division this season. They had an overall record of 35-41 against AL Central teams. Their record against divisional opponents was a factor in missing the playoffs. They also struggled against the National League with a record of 9-11. The Royals finished the season in third in the division behind the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins who both reached the playoffs. They finished sixth overall in the American League with the best record of teams that missed the playoffs.


The team set a few home run records this season. The team hit a record 193 home runs. It broke the previous record of 168 set in 1987. Mike Moustakas set the individual record of 37, which broke Steve Balboni’s record of 36 set in 1985. The Royals also had an impact on the MLB’s home run record this season. Alex Gordon hit the 5,694th home run of the MLB season, which set the record for most hit by the league in one season. The league finished with 6,105 home runs in 2017. It was a strong year for power hitting not only for the Royals but also across the league.

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Mike Moustakas also made Royals history when he participated in the 2017 Home Run Derby. He was the first Royals player to compete since Danny Tartabull in 1991. Moustakas was eliminated in the first round after hitting 10 home runs, one fewer than Minnesota Twins Miguel Sano. Sano advanced to the finals but was defeated by New York Yankee Aaron Judge.


Overall, it was a disappointing season for the Royals but there were good moments. This off-season Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Jason Vargas will hit free agency. The Royals probably will not be able to keep everyone on the roster and will need to rebuild next season. They will need to build on the successes they had this season to play well next season.

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