MLB two thousand sixteen: Do the KS City Royals obtain sufficient respect?

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 6:02 PM

But in the baseball world, that seems to be the case with the two thousand fifteen World Series winners, the KS City Royals. After coming agonizingly near to triumphing in the Fall Classic in two thousand-fourteenth -- falling just brief of defeating the San Francisco Giants -- the team regrouped and went one better latest year, knocking off the NY Mets in five games to win a first World Series since one thousand nine hundred eighty-five.

MLB two thousand sixteen: Do the KS City Royals obtain sufficient respect?

There can't be many sports in which the reigning champion -- which happened to create the final the year before too -- isn't considered among the top tier of favorites to maintain its crown.

But in the baseball world, that seems to be the case with the two thousand fifteen World Series winners, the KS City Royals.

After coming agonizingly near to triumphing in the Fall Classic in two thousand-fourteenth -- falling just brief of defeating the San Francisco Giants -- the team regrouped and went one better latest year, knocking off the NY Mets in five games to win a first World Series since one thousand nine hundred eighty-five.

Winning Recipe

Any perceived lack of like for the Royals doesn't faze first baseman Eric Hosmer, who happens to be coming off the best season of his five-year MLB career, with eighteen residence runs, and ninety-three Runs Batted In.

Picture day with my idol! Alexander the Greatest!!!!

A photo posted by Eric Hosmer (@hosmer305) on Feb twenty-five, two thousand sixteen at twelve:14pm PST

First time for everything

The recipe started to arrive together in two thousand-fourteenth, when the Royals made the playoffs for the first time in twenty-ninth years, breaking what was then the longest drought in any of the major N American leagues.

A World Series running was unexpected, particularly when the Royals were on the brink of elimination in the Wild Card game to the Oakland Athletics.

But that fairytale running to the Fall Classic was improved upon by going one better last season.

"It was incredible, Hosmer enthuses, "you know it really was, the whole entire run.

"To do it with a city that hasn't experienced their team in the playoffs since 1985, and to go to back to back World Series and finally obtain over that hump was unbelievable.

"Just to go through that whole experience of winning -- having the parade, and seeing the turnout that we got in KS City and how the community reacted to it -- was truly a dream arrive true for all of us."

Contenders

But, despite the back-to-back World Series appearances, the bookmakers prefer to see elsewhere for a two thousand sixteen winner.

The admittedly stacked Chicago Cubs enter the new season as favorites, having added the bats of Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist, and new pitcher John Lackey, who'll slot in behind aces Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester.

Then there'south the San Francisco Giants and Boston Ruddy Sox -- aside from the Royals, the two most recent winners -- which both have a penchant for either triumphing in even numbered years (the Giants, in two thousand-tenth, '12 and 'fourteen) or fluctuating between a latest or first-placed finish (the Ruddy Sox, who won the World Series in two thousand-thirteenth but came rock bottom in their div in two thousand-twelfth, 'fourteen and 'fifteen).

The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to go one better than latest year, when it lost out to the Royals in the American League Championship Series (the same applies to World Series runners-up, the Mets).

Meanwhile, the WA Nationals, led by batting and pitching phenoms Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, will surely make better upon a disappointing two thousand fifteen campaign, in which it didn't even create the playoffs.

Baseball Diplomacy

But the construct up to the new season has also been about baseball diplomacy.

The normalizing of relations between the U. S. and Cuba was recently cemented by President Obama attending a game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays.

The historic event contained additional significance for Hosmer, whose mother fled to the U. S. at the age of seven with her family to escape Fidel Castro's regime.

"I just believe that the game is something that brings everybody together," says Hosmer.

"[It's] something that'south played differently. I think when you can obtain to go to a game in Cuba -- experience how a game's played over there, look how their national team plays, and just basically how they go about it -- it'south something that brings us all together."

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