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.

The team remained competitive throughout the mid-1990s, but then had only one winning season from 1995 to 2012. For 28 consecutive seasons, between the 1985 World Series championship and 2014, the Royals did not qualify to play in the Major League Baseball postseason, one of the longest postseason droughts during baseball's current expanded wild-card era. The worst years of era were from 2002 to 2006, when the Royals had four 100-loss seasons out of five. The team broke its postseason drought by securing the franchise's first ever wild card berth in 2014, and then advancing to the 2014 World Series.

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
Kansas City Royals
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 (Yankees) 3–2
1977 AL West 1st 102 60 .630 Lost ALCS (Yankees) 3–2
1978 AL West 1st 92 70 .568 Lost ALCS (Yankees) 3–1
1979 AL West 2nd 85 77 .525 3
1980 AL West 1st 97 65 .599 Won ALCS (Yankees) 3–0
Lost World Series (Phillies) 4–2
Frank White (ALCS MVP)

George Brett (MVP)

1981 AL West 5th 20 30 .400 12 Lost ALDS (Athletics) 3–0
1st 30 23 .566
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 (Tigers) 3–0
1985 AL West 1st 91 71 .562 Won ALCS (Blue Jays) 4–3
Won World Series (Cardinals) 4–3
Bret Saberhagen (CYA, WS MVP)

George Brett (ALCS MVP)

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)

Bo Jackson (All-Star Game MVP)

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 Playoffs canceled 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
2014 AL Central 2nd 89 73 .549 1 Won ALWCG (Athletics)
Won ALDS (Angels) 3–0
Won ALCS (Orioles) 4–0
Lost World Series (Giants) 4–3
Lorenzo Cain (ALCS MVP)
Regular season 3528 3785 .482 8 Postseason Appearances
Playoff games 29 29 .500 6 Division Titles, 3 League Pennants
Playoff series 6 7 .462 1 World Series Championship

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