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2007 Kansas City Royals season

2007 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Kansas City, Missouri (since 1969)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) David Glass
    General manager(s) Dayton Moore
    Manager(s) Buddy Bell
    Local television KMCI
    RSTN
    Local radio WHB 810AM
    KCXM 97.3FM
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    The Kansas City Royals' 2007 season began with the team attempting to win the Central Division of the American League—a task not achieved since the division was formed in 1994.

    In trying to improve on their 62–100 record in the 2006 season, the team avoided a fourth straight 100-loss season. Buddy Bell returned for his second and final full season as manager, while Dayton Moore began his first season as the team's general manager.

    Anticipation surrounded the Royals' newfound approach to once again become a playoff contender with rebuilding the roster. Roster moves generated much interest in the Kansas City area, including the big-budget signing of starting pitcher Gil Meche, and the arrival of young, new talent—such as rookie third baseman Alex Gordon and designated hitter Billy Butler. The team's payroll for the 2007 season was increased to $67 million (22nd in the major leagues).[1][2]

    Free agency and roster moves

    The biggest free-agent pickups for the Royals in 2007 included RHP Gil Meche—who was signed to a 5-year, $55 million deal—and RHP Octavio Dotel, who quickly became trade bait to the Atlanta Braves.

    Regular season

    Season summary

    April

    The Royals began the season with expectations of improvement from their fans, and the team never ceased to impress in their home opener against the Boston Red Sox. The Royals defeated the Red Sox 7–1 in front of the sold-out home crowd. The magic did not last, however—Kansas City was just 3–7 through the first ten games of the season, and 8–18 by the end of April.

    May

    The Royals hit minor spots of winning when the team won 8 of 10 games from May 13 to 23, but finished the month of May on a seven-game losing streak with series sweeps by the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles. Kansas City went 11–17 in May and finished the month with an overall record of 19–35.

    June

    In the 2007 MLB Draft held on June 7, the Royals selected shortstop Mike Moustakas at No. 2 overall.[3] The team went 15–12 in June, their first winning month since July 2003.[4] Pitcher Brian Bannister won the American League Rookie of the Month Award.

    July

    Gil Meche was the only Royal selected to represent the team at the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Francisco.[5] At the All-Star break, the Royals had a record of 38–50 and the lowest team ERA in 13 years. On July 31, the Royals traded pitcher Octavio Dotel to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Kyle Davies.[6] The Royals went 13–12 in July, giving the team its first consecutive winning months since June and July 2003.[7] Billy Butler won the Rookie of the Month Award.

    August

    On August 1, manager Buddy Bell announced his intention to resign following the 2007 season before a game against the Minnesota Twins.[8] Also, about an hour before the first pitch, the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis collapsed with a death toll of at 13.[9] Before the game, a moment of silence was held for the victims of the collapse.[9] The team rescheduled their August 2 game against the Twins to the afternoon of August 31 for a double-header. Brian Bannister won his second Rookie of the Month Award for the season. The Royals went 13–15 in August, completing a three-month stretch in which the team compiled a record of 41–39.

    September

    On September 12, the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 6–3 to win their 63rd game, guaranteeing that they would not lose 100 games in 2007. The victory ended the team's string of three consecutive seasons of 100 losses of more from 2004–2006. While the Royals struggled with a 9–19 record in September, their overall record of 69–93 was the team's best finish since 2003.

    Season standings

    Template:MLB standings


    Roster

    2007 Kansas City Royals
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Game log

    2007 game log

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    Team leaders

    Batting

    Stat Player Total
    Avg. Mark Teahen .286
    HR John Buck 18
    RBI Emil Brown 61
    R David DeJesus 100
    H David DeJesus 156
    SB Alex Gordon 14

    Pitching

    Stat Player Total
    W Brian Bannister 12
    L Jorge de la Rosa
    Gil Meche
    12
    ERA Gil Meche 3.69
    SO Gil Meche 149
    SV Joakim Soria 17
    IP Gil Meche 210

    Stats as of September 26

    Royals among league leaders

    Batting

    Stat Player Total AL Rank MLB Rank
    R David DeJesus 100 13 26
    3B David DeJesus 9 2 (tie) 5 (tie)
    G David DeJesus 153 16 (tie) 30 (tie)

    Pitching

    Stat Player Total AL Rank MLB Rank
    ERA Gil Meche 3.69 14 24
    IP Gil Meche 210 9 13
    G Jimmy Gobble 72 6 25

    Stats as of September 26

    Awards and honors

    2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    • Gil Meche, Pitcher, Reserve

    Farm system

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    References

    • Game Logs:
    1st Half: Kansas City Royals Game Log on ESPN.com
    2nd Half: Kansas City Royals Game Log on ESPN.com
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    1. ^ Dutton, Bob (April 4, 2010). "Royals to Open 2010 Season With $70.1 million Payroll". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on April 9, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
    2. ^ "USA Today Salaries Database". USA Today. October 24, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
    3. ^ http://www.kansascitykansan.com/articles/2007/06/12/sports/sports2.txt
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    7. ^ "How they scored". USA Today. April 18, 2006. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
    8. ^ Bell stepping down as Royals skipper
    9. ^ a b "Twins postpone Thursday's game after bridge collapses near Metrodome". ESPN. August 1, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007. 
    10. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_hut.shtml