List of Kansas City Royals seasons

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The Kansas City Royals are a professional baseball team from Kansas City, Missouri, currently playing in the American League Central.

The team was formed by pharmaceutical executive Ewing Kauffman as a result of the move of the Athletics to Oakland,[1] and began play in 1969. They became competitive more quickly than most expansion teams in Major League Baseball, achieving a winning record in their third season. By 1976, the young team was becoming the dominant force in the AL West, winning ninety or more games in four consecutive seasons from 1975 to 1978 and twice being denied a World Series berth in the ninth inning by the Yankees.

Despite two lapses to below eighty wins, the Royals remained a force in baseball for a decade, reaching the 1980 World Series and winning in 1985 against cross-state rivals the St. Louis Cardinals, becoming the only team to ever rally from a three games to one deficit twice in the same postseason to win the World Series.

Since then, the Royals’ history has been one of consistent failure, with the team having not played in the postseason since, this being the longest postseason drought in any major North American league in modern times, and easily the longest currently stading. Their worst era was from 2002 to 2006, when they have four 100-loss seasons out of five.

World Series Champions American League Champions Division Champions (1969–present) Wild Card Berth (1995–Present)
Season League Division Regular season Postseason Awards
Finish Wins Losses Win% GB
1969 AL West 4th 69 93 .426 28 Lou Piniella (ROY)
1970 AL West T–4th 65 97 .401 33
1971 AL West 2nd 85 76 .528 16
1972 AL West 4th 76 78 .494 16½
1973 AL West 2nd 88 74 .543 6
1974 AL West 5th 77 85 .475 13
1975 AL West 2nd 91 71 .562 7
1976 AL West 1st 90 72 .556 Lost ALCS to New York Yankees, 2-3.
1977 AL West 1st 102 60 .630 Lost ALCS to New York Yankees, 2-3.
1978 AL West 1st 92 70 .568 Lost ALCS to New York Yankees, 1-3.
1979 AL West 2nd 85 77 .525 3
1980 AL West 1st 97 65 .599 Won ALCS vs. New York Yankees, 3-0.
Lost World Series to Philadelphia Phillies, 2-4.
George Brett (MVP)
1981 AL West 5th/1st 50 53 .485 Lost ALDS to Oakland Athletics, 0-3.
1982 AL West 2nd 90 72 .556 3
1983 AL West 2nd 79 83 .488 20
1984 AL West 1st 84 78 .519 Lost ALCS to Detroit Tigers, 0-3.
1985 AL West 1st 91 71 .562 Won ALCS vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3.
Won World Series vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3.
Bret Saberhagen (CYA)
1986 AL West T–3rd 76 86 .469 16
1987 AL West 2nd 83 79 .512 2
1988 AL West 3rd 84 77 .522 19½
1989 AL West 2nd 92 70 .568 7 Bret Saberhagen (CYA)
1990 AL West 6th 75 86 .466 27½
1991 AL West 6th 82 80 .506 13
1992 AL West T–5th 72 90 .444 24
1993 AL West 3rd 84 78 .519 10
1994 AL Central 3rd 64 51 .557 4 No postseason held due to Players Strike. Bob Hamelin (ROY)
David Cone (CYA)
1995 AL Central 2nd 70 74 .486 30
1996 AL Central 5th 75 86 .466 24
1997 AL Central 5th 67 94 .416 19½
1998 AL Central 3rd 72 89 .447 16½
1999 AL Central 4th 64 97 .398 32½ Carlos Beltrán (ROY)
2000 AL Central 4th 77 85 .475 18
2001 AL Central 5th 65 97 .401 26
2002 AL Central 4th 62 100 .383 32½
2003 AL Central 3rd 83 79 .512 7 Ángel Berroa (ROY)
Tony Peña (MOY)
2004 AL Central 5th 58 104 .358 34
2005 AL Central 5th 56 106 .346 43
2006 AL Central 5th 62 100 .383 34
2007 AL Central 5th 69 93 .426 27
2008 AL Central 4th 75 87 .463 13½
2009 AL Central T–4th 65 97 .401 21½ Zack Greinke (CYA)
2010 AL Central 5th 67 95 .414 27
2011 AL Central 4th 71 91 .438 24
2012 AL Central 3rd 72 90 .444 16
2013 AL Central 3rd 86 76 .531 7
Regular season 3439 3712 .481 7 Postseason Appearances
Playoff games 18 25 .419 6 Division Titles, 2 League Pennants
Playoff series 3 6 .333 1 World Series Championship

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