Twenty years ago, the Kansas City Royals were World Series champs. Today, they are the worst team in Major League baseball.
Their record is 38-81, which means they win fewer than one-in-three games. (Do the math!)
They have lost eighteen games in a row. Their home record is a miserable 23-37, but their road record is even more pathetic: 15-44.
They have allowed 703 runs, the second-most in the entire league. And they have only scored 507 runs, the worst in the American League.
Manager Buddy Bell has been with the team for 7 years, and his combined win-loss record is a weak 370-506. He needs to be fired once this nightmare season has mercifully ended.
But Bell isn’t the only problem in Kansas City. Being a small market, they cannot afford to sign big name players who could help to make them more competitive. In fact, the team’s combined salary was 30th in the league. (In other words, dead last.)
Barring some serious revenue-sharing and salary-cap reforms by MLB (which are unlikely), the Royals are pretty much permanently screwed. They have almost no hope of ever being competitive again.
So, my solution: Move the team to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Think about it. New Mexico has ZERO major professional sports teams. Therefore, there would be NO competition for the Albuquerque Snakes (or whatever moniker they eventually chose) to contend with. Kansas City, on the other hand, has the NFL’s Chiefs competing for their sports fans’ attention.
Albuquerque’s population is nearly half-a-million, and roughly 40% are Hispanics/Latinos. Baseball is a very popular sport among this demographic group. Also, the city is rapidly growing. And there would be hardly any rain-delays!
Are ya’ll with me on this? Lemme know in the comments section below…