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The Kansas City Royals entered the 2016 Kansas City Royals season as the defending World Series champions, hoping to reach the World Series for the third consecutive season. Before the season, the team signed free agents Ian Kennedy (a starting pitcher) and Joakim Soria (a reliever) and re-signed star Alex Gordon.[1] However, several players from the previous year's team departed in free agency, including right fielder Alex Rios, second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist, and pitchers Greg Holland, Ryan Madson, and Franklin Morales.[2]

2016 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record81–81 (.500)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)David Glass
General manager(s)Dayton Moore
Manager(s)Ned Yost
Local televisionFox Sports Kansas City
(Ryan Lefebvre, Jeff Montgomery, Rex Hudler, Steve Physioc)
Local radioKCSP 610 AM
(Denny Matthews, Steve Stewart, Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Physioc)
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The 2016 Royals team was adversely affected by injuries to Gordon, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, closer Wade Davis (baseball), and third baseman Mike Moustakas.[1] The team was eliminated from postseason contention with four games left in the season, becoming the fourth consecutive World Series winner to miss the playoffs the following year.[3] The Royals ended the season with an 81–81 record, finishing in third place in the Central Division.[4]

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Season standingsEdit

American League CentralEdit

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cleveland Indians 94 67 0.584 53–28 41–39
Detroit Tigers 86 75 0.534 8 45–35 41–40
Kansas City Royals 81 81 0.500 13½ 47–34 34–47
Chicago White Sox 78 84 0.481 16½ 45–36 33–48
Minnesota Twins 59 103 0.364 35½ 30–51 29–52


American League Wild CardEdit

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Texas Rangers 95 67 0.586
Cleveland Indians 94 67 0.584
Boston Red Sox 93 69 0.574


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 0.549
Baltimore Orioles 89 73 0.549
Detroit Tigers 86 75 0.534
Seattle Mariners 86 76 0.531 3
New York Yankees 84 78 0.519 5
Houston Astros 84 78 0.519 5
Kansas City Royals 81 81 0.500 8
Chicago White Sox 78 84 0.481 11
Los Angeles Angels 74 88 0.457 15
Oakland Athletics 69 93 0.426 20
Tampa Bay Rays 68 94 0.420 21
Minnesota Twins 59 103 0.364 30


Record against opponentsEdit

2016 American League Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 8–11 4–3 5–1 5–2 1–6 4–2 4–2 5–1 10–9 3–4 1–6 13–6 3–4 9–10 14–6
Boston 11–8 3–4 4–2 2–5 5–2 2–4 4–3 4–3 11–8 5–1 4–3 12–7 3–3 9–10 14–6
Chicago 3–4 4–3 8–11 7–12 3–3 5–14 2–5 12–7 3–3 5–2 4–3 4–3 4–2 5–1 9–11
Cleveland 1–5 2–4 11–8 14–4 3–4 14–5 6–1 10–9 2–5 4–2 3–4 5–1 2–5 4–3 13–7
Detroit 2–5 5–2 12–7 4–14 4–2 7–12 2–4 15–4 3–3 4–3 4–3 6–1 2–4 3–4 13–7
Houston 6–1 2–5 3–3 4–3 2–4 3–4 13–6 5–2 2–4 13–6 11–8 3–3 4–15 2–5 11–9
Kansas City 2–4 4–2 14–5 5–14 12–7 4–3 1–5 15–4 2–5 1–6 3–4 5–2 1–6 2–4 10–10
Los Angeles 2–4 3–4 5–2 1–6 4–2 6–13 5–1 2–4 1–6 12–7 8–11 3–4 9–10 4–3 9–11
Minnesota 1–5 3–4 7–12 9–10 4–15 2–5 4–15 4–2 2–5 2–4 4–2 3–4 5–2 1–6 8–12
New York 9–10 8–11 3–3 5–2 3–3 4–2 5–2 6–1 5–2 4–3 3–3 11–8 3–4 7–12 8–12
Oakland 4–3 1–5 2–5 2–4 3–4 6–13 6–1 7–12 4–2 3–4 7–12 5–2 9–10 3–3 7–13
Seattle 6–1 3–4 3–4 4–3 3–4 8–11 4–3 11–8 2–4 3–3 12–7 4–2 7–12 3–3 13–7
Tampa Bay 6–13 7–12 3–4 1–5 1–6 3–3 2–5 4–3 4–3 8–11 2–5 2–4 4–2 11–8 10–10
Texas 4–3 3–3 2–4 5–2 4–2 15–4 6–1 10–9 2–5 4–3 10–9 12–7 2–4 3–4 13–7
Toronto 10–9 10–9 1–5 3–4 4–3 5–2 4–2 3–4 6–1 12–7 3–3 3–3 8–11 4–3 13–7


Game logEdit

2016 Game Log: 81–81 (Home: 47–34; Away: 34–47)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Royals team member

RosterEdit

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Royals' injuries, fatigue led to uneven 2016". MLB.com.
  2. ^ "2016 MLB preview: A team-by-team capsule, including key additions and losses". UPI.
  3. ^ Sep 28, foxsports; ET, 2016 at 10:30p (September 28, 2016). "Royals defeat Twins, but get officially eliminated from playoffs". FOX Sports.
  4. ^ Benjamin, Josh. "30 Teams In 30 Days: Kansas City Royals Seek To Reclaim Throne". Forbes.

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