Well, time now to complete the journey of AL Central teams, with now my new local team, the Kansas City Royals.
A team that has won two World Series, one in 1985 and 2015, and since I could get a sample size of Royals fans at my current employer, I did that to see what fans thought was the best season and what did I get?
It was roughly an even split between 1985 and 2015. So, that didn’t help much. But, after some more research, it became apparent what season to choose from as the Royals’ best season.
It is 2015.
After losing in seven games in the World Series the previous season to the Giants, the Royals respond by having a 95-67 record, winning their first division title since 1985, going on to beat the Astros in 5 games in the ALDS and the Blue Jays in the ALCS in 6 games. They then beat the New York Mets in the World Series in five games to claim their second championship in franchise history.
It was a team that played very well on their strengths as a team that wanted to get on base and use its speed around the base path. The team was fifth in stolen bases with 104, second in hits with 1,497, and 7th in RBIs with 689. The team also struck out very rarely, only 973 times, which was the best in the league.
Their defense was great as well, with the third-best defensive efficiency with .701.
The team had a reliable pitching staff boasting a 3.73 ERA, which was in the top 10 in the league.
The major key for the Royals in 2015 was consistency; they played to their strengths and went against the trend at the time, the long ball. That is the reason why the 2015 Royals was the best season in franchise history.