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    To Rule in KC II: A New Dawn

    Hello, everyone.

    First, in case it isn't obvious, this is a direct continuation of To Rule in Kansas City.

    I decided to start a new thread, because I imagine new readers might be intimidated plowing through 37 pages of posts to find out what's been happening. I'm rather proud of it though, so if you want to go into depth on how we reached this point check it out.

    For those of you who aren't ready to put a few hours of reading in, I've included a synopsis below. 1973, the current point in our story, begins after this.

    SPOILER WARNING: Skip ahead if you plan to read the original thread.

    1969: Chuck Hunter, Director of Player Development for the NL Champion St. Louis Cardinals, came to Kansas City. After promising Owner Ewing Kauffman a .500 season by 1972, he's hired as general manager. For now Kauffman kept his demands simple: End the season with a better record than any of the other expansion clubs.

    The years leading up to 1969 saw a significant shift towards pitcher dominance. The Majors began experimenting with a 'designated pinch hitter.' It proved unnecessary as offense league-wide skyrocketed through April. The Royals faltered early, but slowly gained momentum as the All Star Break approaches. Hoping to plan for the future we released older players including former Dodger SP Johnny Podres, who never forgave the slight and refused to come back as a coach after he retired.

    In Seattle, Pilot GM Kevin Calahan tried to cover up growing financial difficulties. Ultimately the Pilots went bankrupt and became a ward of the American League. AL President Joe Cronin favored selling to a car salesman in Milwaukee, but Calahan released news of the AL's plans to the press creating a furious uproar.

    In Kansas City, we passed Seattle in early August then Montreal in mid-September to indeed finish the best of the expansions.

    1st Draftee: SP Bert Blyleven
    Manager: Joe Gordon
    Captain: SP Johnny Podres, (Jul) OF Pat Kelly
    Awards: OF Pat Kelly (All Star), 1B Bob Oliver (Gold Glove)
    Record: 66-96 (5th, 40 GB) (N/S 2.57)
    Division Winners: BAL (99), OAK (106), STL (96), SF (111)
    World Series: San Francisco Giants def. Baltimore Orioles


    1970: After manager Joe Gordon retired, we ended up hiring former Twins skipper Billy Martin to lead us into the '70s. In February scouting director Richie Perrin added 1B Will Thompson to the fold. Thompson did poorly in '70 and '71, but grew dominant in '72.

    At winter meetings, Bud Selig and Kevin Calahan (representing Boeing) battled for control of the Pilots. Calahan won, saving the Pilots, but Selig promptly bought out the Chicago White Sox and put pressure on the AL to let him move.

    Meanwhile, Pilot OF Curt Flood, not wanting to be traded from the Cardinals, sued charging the Majors with 'slavery.' He'll play out most of 1970 after the courts rule against him, but walks out in '71 never to return. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese war ended months before a proposed draft would have hurt baseball.

    We started off very slowly and never really recovered, much to Martin's growing frustration. Hunter suspended him for two weeks in July following a series of arguments. The only thing that kept us out of last was Pilot SP Jim Bouton, whose book 'Ball Four' caused their clubhouse to deteriorate into open warfare.

    In August, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn charged the Orioles, Athletics, Cards and Giants with collusion, forcing them to give a prospect to the weakest team in their division last year (Indians, Pilots, Expos, Padres) as compensation. Cardinal GM Gary Gregg and Athletics owner Charlie Finley in particular viciously denied the allegation.

    Two months later, as we barely avoided losing 100 games, Kauffman brought in Andy Kraft, the son of one of his shareholders. Ostensibly Kraft joined to be Hunter's assistant and learn the job, but his threat was plain enough.

    Off Season Acquisition: 1B Will Thompson
    1st Draftee: SS Roy Smalley
    Manager: Billy Martin
    Captain: OF Pat Kelly
    Awards: 3B Jim Ray Hart, RP Ken Wright (All Stars), SP Bert Blyleven (K Leader)
    Record: 64-98 (5th, 42 GB) (N/S 2.43)
    Division Winners: BAL (103), OAK (106), STL (101), HOU (91)
    World Series: Houston Astros def. Oakland Athletics


    1971: Kauffman did not take losing well. He expected steady progress, and 64-98 didn't qualify. He forced Hunter to fire Billy Martin and scout Richie Perrin. For awhile, Hunter considered moving to other teams including the New York Mets, but he's soundly rebuffed. Kauffman was even less happy when he found out, and asked Hunter if he's prepared to make a commitment to the city.

    Advised by a Lawrence, Kansas college kid named Bill James, Hunter prepared for next season and asked bench coach Bob Lemon to try his luck as skipper. Andy proved rebellious, constantly embarrassing Hunter or getting him into trouble.

    At winter meetings, the AL agreed to demand proof from Kuhn regarding his collusion charges. The proof turned out to be largely circumstantial. White Sox owner Bud Selig asked for permission to move (as did Senators owner Robert Short). The AL agreed to review both requests over the coming year.

    Hoping to prove he's ready to 'make a commitment,' Hunter arranged for the Royals to build a 'baseball training academy' that would double as a school for those who can meet the high tuition. Lemon hired legendary pitcher Satchel Paige as one of his coaches. Paige proved to be laid back and congenial, but his ideas concerning training and conditioning came straight from the 30s-40s Negro Leagues. Several pitchers, unable to cope with his intense regimen, wound up on the DL.

    Through April we put together incredible numbers and took first place. Lemon and Hunter both grew more testy with the stress, the former sitting down players he didn't believe were trying. After sweeping six from the hated Athletics, Kauffman's ecstatic.

    Finley asked for a meeting with Calahan and Hunter in June. Citing an 'east coast' bias, Cronin's inability to protect his league from false collusion charges, and Cronin's continually badgering Calahan over getting a domed stadium in Seattle, Finely asked for their support in becoming AL President. Following a questionable choice for AL All Star MVP that went against KC's Jose Cardenal, Kauffman ordered Chuck to abstain.

    In the final showdown Senators owner Robert Short withdrew plans to move. This derailed Finley's plan and the vote failed. As Chuck ultimately voted 'no,' Finley swore revenge.

    A sixty day run between July and September killed the Royals, who tumbled out of first in August as the Athletics went 26-4. Tempers flared after Hunter ordered Paige to stop 'conditioning' his pitchers, with Lemon and Andy Kraft both angry at his interference.

    Charlie Finley called, asking Hunter to investigate Bud Selig's continued claims of poor attendance at Comiskey Park. Hunter hired Richie Perrin to investigate. After Perrin confirmed something was amiss, he offered to infiltrate the ChiSox organization to get firm data.

    As the season wound down, Hunter went to the clubhouse to reassure the players, and ran into a raving Bert Blyleven. Blyleven had grown addicted to metamphetamines (greens) and needed to take the last two weeks off. Then Selig came to visit.

    Selig found Richie Perrin out and turned him into a double agent. Perrin's marriage disintegrated after he lost his job in KC and he sought revenge. Perrin had photos of Blyleven in rehab at Lemon's house, as well as his dealer...Kraft! Selig demanded that KC vote to allow the ChiSox to move, or he'd release the photos.

    Hunter went to Kauffman with his story, who not only supported him, but renewed his contract. He did order Hunter to vote with Bud however, while giving him a letter that apparently made Selig angry and nervous. Selig's request passed.

    1st Draftee: LF Jim Rice
    Manager: Bob Lemon
    Captain: 3B Jim Ray Hart
    Awards: OF Jose Cardenal (All Star, Gold Glove), SP Bert Blyleven (All Star, K Leader)
    Record: 85-77 (4th, 12 GB) (N/S 2.06)
    Division Winners: BAL (102), OAK (97), CHC (87), ATL (92*)
    * won one game playoff vs. San Francisco
    World Series: Oakland Athletics d. Atlanta Braves
    Retired Dynasties I'm Proud of
    To Rule in Kansas City Part I and Part II (Kansas City Royals 1969-73, Hall of Fame)
    Cardinal Sins (St. Louis Cardinals 1976-78) and it's sequel:
    Diverting Destiny (Montreal Expos 1994)
    Script for my Requiem (New Orleans Blues (fictional) 1954)

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    1972: Hunter finally confronted Andy, who not only confessed, but found nothing wrong with drugging the entire pitching staff. He replied that since 'greenies' improve endurance and recovery time from injuries, they'd help with Satchel Paige's conditioning program. Hunter threatened Kraft, then fired Paige.

    A wild emu killed Barry Bonds, son of Giant OF Bobby. That inspired Charlie Finley to import one to play in rookie ball as an attraction. Reggie Jackson protested, as the bird is supposedly going to play his position, and Finley traded him to the Dodgers.

    After talking with the team doctor, Hunter finally realized Kraft's family involvement is somewhat minimal, perhaps explaining his acting out. He decided to take Andy under his wing and get him involved with more day-to-day decisions.

    We picked up Willie Mays in free agency. Through spring training we have trouble deciding how he fits into an offense already bulging with outfielders, especially as Mays wanted a legitimate shot at Babe Ruth's HR record. Finally Cardenal, Bill Robinson and Pat Kelly agreed to a four man platoon for the three OF spots, trading in 15 day intervals so everyone gets time.

    During the offseason, the Brewers fought for their lives in federal court and persevered, while Chuck met Katrina Watson, daughter of his third grade teacher and a medical student in Springfield, Missouri. Their friendship slowly grew over the next year.

    In winter meetings, Pittsburgh announced Three Rivers Stadium could finally open despite numerous delays including, some say, sabotage from the Phillies. Charlie Finley proposee a three-division structure, but thanks to Hunter this failed as well. He then changed the Athletics' name to simply the "A's."

    Kevin Calahan kept busy through January, giving away two of his better pitchers in exchange for prospects despite his regrettable win/loss record. He then offered his ace, Marty Pattin, to the Royals. Hunter refused, feeling this move would destroy Seattle. Since several of his unfavorable trades were with the A's, he asked if Finley has something on him. Calahan told Chuck to stay out of it.

    Plans to involve Andy in Royals activities died in February when Dale Arness visited. Arness, who helped organize the Baseball Academy, now headed up attempts to build Royals Stadium. Contractors wouldn't take her seriously because of her gender, and they were far off schedule. Andy agreed to act as her front man.

    The MLBPA, wanting greater donations to their pension fund, guaranteed arbitration, a final elimination of the reserve clause, and perhaps revenge for treatment of Curt Flood, voted to strike wiping out an average of eight games. We finally started our season on April 10.

    The Royals started weak (1-10), and even a visit with the mystics at SABR couldn't help. KC picked up steam in May and June as Will Thompson finally hit his stride (and Bert Blyleven completely lost his.) The Pilots never really got going, and Calahan was fired in May to wind up...in Oakland, as Director of Player Development.

    Calahan's defection, and rumors that he purposefully weakened Seattle to help his new benefactors, led to an unlikely alliance between Selig's Brewers and Hunter. The terms remain simple: Don't go along with anything Finley proposes. Don't trade with him. Sooner or later, so long as the expansion teams wake up and stop trading away their talent, the A's will fall back to earth.

    In June, as the Cubs proved near invincible winning more than 7 in 10 games, the NL panicked. They asked the AL to expand back into the Windy City. Democrats reporedt a break in at the Watergate hotel, but no one is ever charged with the alleged crime. On July 1st, we tied Oakland for first at 42-32.

    At summer meetings, Finley shot down efforts to expand, saying it's far too soon. He also endorsed the "DPH" (designated hitter) rule, to be voted upon in December. Seattle's new GM began a ruse de guerre, hinting to Kings County, Washington that the Pilots might move if they didn't get their domed stadium... only it's not a ruse. Joe Cronin wrote the AL GMs asking them to consider alternate sites if Seattle can't get their dome. He tired of waiting.

    Chuck Hunter learned that Royals Stadium wasn't ready either, as no grass would grow on site. After the meeting he confronted Andy, who finally agreed to run soil tests. Matters slowly improved.

    Once again in late August we fell apart, raising Kauffman's ire as Oakland catapulted past us to secure the division for the fourth straight year. After the Cubs lost the Series to Baltimore there's much talk of billy goats.

    1st Draftee: 1B Willie Aikens
    Manager: Bob Lemon
    Captain: SP Bert Blyleven
    Awards: 1B Will Thompson (All Star)
    Record: 86-68 (2nd, 11.5 GB) (N/S 2.28)
    Division Winners: BAL (95), OAK (98), CHC (105), LAD (97)
    World Series: Baltimore Orioles d. Chicago Cubs


    Early 1973: Kauffman fired Lemon. He felt Bob's too old, plus collapsing two straight years in August suggested trouble keeping players motivated. Ewing slashed the team's budget, but he's not alone. Every single team in the league's projected to lose money next year due to increased arbitration after the 1972 MLBPA contract.

    President Nixon easily won reelection with 531 electoral votes vs. 7 for Senator McGovern. Rabid weasels killed Some kid named Roger Clemens. Andy left to become GM of the Minnesota Twins.

    At winter meetings, Seattle's newest GM threatened to file an antitrust suit if the AL attempted to move the Pilots. Cronin grumbled, but backed down. Finley proposes a designated runner, which explained why he had a giant bird in rookie ball. After his motion failed, Finley himself casts the deciding vote to kill the designated hitter.

    Bud Selig proposed cutting the season from 162 games to 154, citing increased revenue. Purists allied with those more interested in their pocketbook than their fans, and the motion passed...pending approval by the MLBPA. A joint meeting authorized Commissioner Kuhn to lock the players out if they didn't agree. They didn't, so he did.

    The player's union finally conceded defeat in March, with much grumbling and anger. This only left the question of finding a manager. Jack McKeon, Omaha's skipper, was impressive and Ewing's favorite, but catcher Joe Torre offered to try his luck. Feeling a little angry that Kauffman fired Bob Lemon without his input, Hunter agrees.

    It is now March 31, 1973. For four years the 24 clubs of Major League Baseball have fought for dominance, as Royals GM Chuck Hunter's worked to bring a pennant home and secure the Royals a place in baseball history. In 24 hours, the California (ne' Los Angeles) Angels will roll into town and help open their new stadium.

    PLAY BALL!
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    Major Changes from Our World

    1969: California Angels renamed Los Angeles Angels.
    1970: Seattle Pilots don't move to Milwaukee.
    1970: Vietnam War ends peacefully. No draft is ever called.
    1972: Washington Senators don't move to Texas.
    1972: Chicago White Sox DO move to Milwaukee (Brewers.)
    1972: Republican operatives are not captured during Watergate.
    1973: Los Angeles Angels renamed California Angels.
    1973: American League fails to approve DH.
    1973: Both leagues agree to revert to a 154 game schedule.

    League Structure (April 1973)
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    AL East                      AL West
    Baltimore Orioles            California Angels
    Boston Red Sox               Kansas City Royals
    Cleveland Indians            Milwaukee Brewers
    Detroit Tigers               Minnesota Twins
    New York Yankees             Oakland A's
    Washington Senators          Seattle Pilots
    
    NL East                      NL West
    Chicago Cubs                 Atlanta Braves
    Montreal Expos               Cincinnati Reds
    New York Mets                Houston Astros
    Philadelphia Phillies        Los Angeles Dodgers
    Pittsburgh Pirates           San Diego Padres
    St. Louis Cardinals          San Francisco Giants
    Retired Dynasties I'm Proud of
    To Rule in Kansas City Part I and Part II (Kansas City Royals 1969-73, Hall of Fame)
    Cardinal Sins (St. Louis Cardinals 1976-78) and it's sequel:
    Diverting Destiny (Montreal Expos 1994)
    Script for my Requiem (New Orleans Blues (fictional) 1954)

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    Table of Contents


    1973 Continues Below: In progress.

    [color=blue]1st Draftee: Unknown
    Player-Manager: Joe Torre
    Captain: C Joe Torre
    Awards: Unknown
    Record: Unknown
    Division Winners: Unknown
    World Series: Unknown
    Retired Dynasties I'm Proud of
    To Rule in Kansas City Part I and Part II (Kansas City Royals 1969-73, Hall of Fame)
    Cardinal Sins (St. Louis Cardinals 1976-78) and it's sequel:
    Diverting Destiny (Montreal Expos 1994)
    Script for my Requiem (New Orleans Blues (fictional) 1954)

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    KANSAS CITY ROYALS

    OPENING DAY ROSTER
    POSITION PLAYERS

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    CATCHER

    Buck Martinez (82/95) [24] (.330 0-10 0)
    CON: $18.3K thru Arb 75 / ACQ: 12/68 Trade with HOU
    Debut: 1969 Kansas City Royals (5th season)

    Buck's played in only 70 games since debuting 4 years ago. I think he's finally ready, coming out of ST with a .929 OPS. He's young, and will still need some help controlling the game as well as Torre or Rodriguez, but I think he can do this.

    Joe Torre (86) [32] (.280 10-52 0 with Cardinals/Royals)
    CON: $281K through 1974 / ACQ: 4/72 Trade with STL
    Debut: 1960 Milwaukee Braves (14th season)

    A veteran of the last Card dynasty, a surprising array of injuries have slowed him of late. Perhaps it's just as well he'll spend much of his time on the bench.

    Ellie Rodriguez (81) [26] (.253 0-16 1)
    CON: $89K thruh 1973 / ACQ: 10/68 Expansion Draft (7th Round)
    Debut: 1968 New York Yankees (5th season)

    Ellie seemed to be on the tail end of his career, but performed respectably whenever Torre suffered an injury. With Mike Fiore (below's) decline in ST, and the fact both Torre and Robinson can play first in a crisis, this left a roster spot open. Ellie deserves a chance to help us get our first divisional pennant.

    On the Farm:
    Jerry Grote (75)[30] is trade bait. 'Nuf said.
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    FIRST BASE

    Will Thompson (93) [21] (.323 36-122 1)
    CON: $123K through 1973 / ACQ: 11/69 Free Agent
    Debut: 1970 Kansas City Royals (4th season)

    Thompson needed to do well last year, and he did leading the team in homers and RBIs while securing his place in the heart of the order. At 21, he can only get better.

    On the Farm:
    Mike Fiore (66/67)[28] had a disappointing spring training and appears to be fading. Barring a sudden resurrection in B-Jacksonville, he's done here.
    *******

    INFIELD

    Frank White (93/96) [22] (.266 5-59 4)
    CON: $18.3K through Arb 75 / ACQ: Off Season 68/69
    Debut: 1969 Kansas City Royals (4th season)

    White stepped forward after Andrews suffered a serious injury last year, and made second base his own. His career is just beginning, and can only get better.

    Eric Soderholm (86/94) [24] (.272 6-33 0 with Twins/Royals)
    CON: $18.3K through Arb 75 / ACQ: 4/72 Trade with MIN
    Debut: 1969 Minnesota Twins (3rd season)

    Soderholm proved his worth backing up Hart last year, and for awhile looked like he might take the position away from our (former) best hitter. This year he gets to show us what he can do.

    Bill Russell (88/96) [24] (.282 2-50 12)
    CON: $153K through 1973 / ACQ: 06/71 trade with LAD
    Debut: 1969 Los Angeles Dodgers (5th season)

    Russell's emerged as reliable, if not brilliant. He'll never be a power hitter, but he can hit the ball, run fast, and excellent range.

    Frank Duffy (75/77) [26] (.125 0-0 0)
    CON: $18.3K through Arb 75 / ACQ: 07/70 trade with CIN
    Debut: 1969 Cincinnati Reds (3rd season)

    Duffy is filling a roster spot and ready to step in if there's an emergency. 'Nuf said.

    Mike Andrews (83) [29] (.311 7-31 0)
    CON: $240K through 1974 / ACQ: 11/70 Free Agent
    Debut: 1966 Boston Red Sox (8th season)

    Injuries last year cost Andrews his starting spot. He's our primary utility infielder (though he's only really good at 2B) and might still have a future here, depending on how much he asks for next year.

    On the Farm:
    Roy Smalley (69/91) and Junior Kennedy (66/93) continue to develop. We won't have to worry about them this year, but by 75 or so we'll have to make some decisions.

    *******

    OUTFIELD

    Jim Ray Hart (88) [31] (.296 17-73 2)
    CON: $245K through 1973 / ACQ: 11/69 Free Agent
    Debut: 1963 San Francisco Giants (11th season)

    With Soderholm ready to play, we didn't want to relegate Hart to the bench so he gets to try his luck in left field. Hopefully his iffy glove won't be too much of a detriment there.

    Pat Kelly (91/94) [28] (.332 13-64 13)
    CON: $200K through 1973 / ACQ: 10/68 Expansion Draft (17th round)
    Debut: 1967 Minnesota Twins (5th season)

    Kelly continues to be one of the mainstays of the KC offense. He doesn't have MUCH power, but he gets on base frequently scoring 82 runs last year.

    Bill Robinson (84) [29] (.288 21-88 5)
    CON: $252K through 1974 / ACQ: 07/71 Trade with CLE
    Debut: 1966 Atlanta Braves (8th season)

    Robinson offered some much needed power to last year's offense. He moves to CF with Cardenal sitting on the bench. It's a tossup though, and if Robinson struggles then Cardenal could come back.

    Jose Cardenal (85) [29] (.294 11-80 8)
    CON: $154K through 1973 / ACQ: 07/70 Trade with CLE
    Debut: 1963 San Francisco Giants (11th season)

    Cardenal may or may not be tiring. If so, it'd be a shame since he's not even thirty. Cardenal still has a lot to offer this team, but this year he starts on the bench.

    Lou Piniella (81) [29] (.274 1-19 3)
    CON: $250K through 1973 / ACQ: 11/71 Free Agent
    Debut: 1964 Baltimore Orioles (5th season)

    Last year we didn't expect Lou to see much playing time, but he still managed 219 AB. This year is much the same. Lou's a great backup, but probably not worth the money we're paying him to warm our bench.

    On the Farm:
    We picked up Johnny Jeter (80) in FA to step in if anyone gets hurt. Al Cowens (66/95) and Jim Rice (68/95) continue to develop with Reggie Walton (56/91) only a year or two behind.
    Retired Dynasties I'm Proud of
    To Rule in Kansas City Part I and Part II (Kansas City Royals 1969-73, Hall of Fame)
    Cardinal Sins (St. Louis Cardinals 1976-78) and it's sequel:
    Diverting Destiny (Montreal Expos 1994)
    Script for my Requiem (New Orleans Blues (fictional) 1954)

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    KANSAS CITY ROYALS

    OPENING DAY ROSTER
    PITCHERS

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    STARTING ROTATION

    Paul Splittorff (93) [26] (12-11 3.72 6 CG)
    CON: $190K through 1973 / ACQ: 06/68 Amateur Draft (25th round)
    Debut: 1969 Kansas City Royals (5th season)

    With Larry Dierker gone and Wally Bunker on the DL, Splittorff emerges as our staff ace again. If he stays reasonable about contract expectations, there's no reason he can't stay indefinitely.

    Bert Blyleven (89/94) [21] (5-10 6.20 4 CG)
    CON: $327K through 1973 / ACQ: 06/69 Amateur Draft (1st round)
    Debut: 1969 Kansas City Royals (5th season)

    The same can't be said of Mr. Blyleven, whose outrageous contract demands have put him on notice. He has one season to return to elite pitching form, or he'll either be released or traded in April 1974.

    Bill Butler (83/84) [26] (7-5 3.51 4 SV)
    CON: $18.3K through Arb 74 / ACQ: 10/68 Expansion Draft (11th round)
    Debut: 1969 Kansas City Royals (5th season)

    Butler's bounced between occasional starts and middle relief for years now. With Bunker out of the way, he gets his chance to show us what he can do.

    Steve Busby (85/90) [23] (9-2 4.85 4 CG)
    CON: $18.3K through Arb 75 / ACQ: Off Season 68/69
    Debut: 1970 Kansas City Royals (4th season)

    Busby's waited for his chance for years. He finally got it and did quite well. (Certainly better than Blyleven!) He should be able to stay in the rotation if he can stay healthy.

    Mike Hedlund (78/80) [26] (5-3 3.00 2 SV)
    CON: $120K through 1973 / ACQ: 10/68 Expansion Draft (23rd round)
    Debut: 1965 Cleveland Indians (5th season)

    Like Butler, Hedlund's bounced between relief and starts his entire career in KC. Took a step back over the winter, and will probably go to Omaha when Bunker is healthy to try and regain his form.

    Disabled:
    Wally Bunker (83/84)[28] (13-3 3.63 1 CG) keeps getting hurt, which doesn't do much for his reliability. Bunker was supposedly washed up last year, but ended up with the most wins of any Royal pitcher.

    On the Farm:
    Monty Montgomery (72/75) is really done here in KC. There are people who can take over the spot start/mopup role. Marc McNabb (71/84) will soon be ready to try and join the club.

    BULLPEN

    Rollie Fingers (84/85) [26] (7-5 4.05 14 SV)
    CON: $92K through 1973 / ACQ: 07/70 trade with OAK
    Debut: 1968 Oakland Athletics (5th season)

    Rollie returns to his accustomed role as team closer. He's reliable, if not outstanding, and should be able to get the job done with the help of...

    Lance Clemons (85/92) [25] (4-0 1.45 14 SV)
    CON: $18.3K through Arb 75 / ACQ: 06/68 Amateur Draft (7th round)
    Debut: 1971 Kansas City Royals (2nd season)

    In his first substantial season with the club, Clemons allowed only 24 hits in 37 innings. He's our best reliever, and the only reason he isn't closing is because we hope he sees more play time in the setup role.

    Jim York (87/88) [25] (2-4 6.28 0 SV)
    CON: $18.3K through Arb 74 / ACQ: Off Season 68/69
    Debut: 1970 Kansas City Royals (4th season)

    Jim is hard to figure. He'll put together some great performances...then some team will annihilate him for 7 runs in an inning. This lack of consistency is holding him back.

    Cy Acosta (85/91) [26] (5-9 4.50 5 SV with Padres/Royals)
    CON: $18.3K through Arb 74 / ACQ: 07/72 Trade with SD
    Debut: 1969 Chicago White Sox (5th season)

    Acosta didn't see as much playing time as we'd like after being traded, but did well enough (3.75 ERA) in limited play. Hopefully he'll be able to make a more solid contribution this year.

    Ken Wright (81/82) [26] (0-1 5.49 1 SV)
    CON: $18.3K through Arb 74 / ACQ: Off Season 68/69
    Debut: 1969 Kansas City Royals (5th season)

    This is what I wrote last year: "Ken's performance has really fallen off over the last two years. This may be as good as he gets, in which case he just won't last." It still applies.

    Dick Drago (83/92) [27] (2-2 5.56 2 SV)
    CON: $93K through 1974 / ACQ: 10/68 Expansion Draft (16th round)
    Debut: 1969 Kansas City Royals (5th season)

    At age 27, if Drago's going to improve more it's really now or never. A disappointing season resulted in him spending time in Omaha.


    On the Farm:

    We have a number of good relievers ready to step in if Wright or anyone else falters, including Doug Bird (81/91) and Jerry Cram (81/94). Not as spectacular, but still useful in emergencies are Aurelio Lopez (76/79), Dave Rajsich (70/80) and George Throop (70/81).
    Retired Dynasties I'm Proud of
    To Rule in Kansas City Part I and Part II (Kansas City Royals 1969-73, Hall of Fame)
    Cardinal Sins (St. Louis Cardinals 1976-78) and it's sequel:
    Diverting Destiny (Montreal Expos 1994)
    Script for my Requiem (New Orleans Blues (fictional) 1954)

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    It's kind of like when Rage Against the Machine reunited.

    Amazing.

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    YES!!! I have been waiting for this a long time!
    Good luck on this dynasty cat!
    My Dynasty:

    Saving Baseball In Portland

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    My Retired Dynasties:

    The Day Baseball Changed Forever: Part 1
    Dynasty Hall-of-Fame nominee

    The Decade Baseball Changed Forever: Part 2

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    Re: To Rule in KC II: A New Dawn

    I feel that this would be like Layne Staley coming back to life, or Cobain. Well, maybe not, but still, awesome!!!


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    AHHHH
    i am inspired now
    around Christmas my first dynasty will come out, and im hoping now that i can emulate CatKnight

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    Woot!

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    Well I did not read your To Rule In KC dynasty but this summary is great, I'm reading no doubt, this also inspired to write a dynasty, could be soon, but anyways I'll be reading, great work up to here.

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    Re: To Rule in KC II: A New Dawn

    I'll be reading!
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    OregonDuck1989: Hm. Don't remember that, but thanks!

    twinsGM: Thanks!

    RedsoxRockies: Hm. Don't know much about them either, but thanks!

    hanramtrumps: If you like my style, then by all means emulate me to start off. What you want to do in time is develop your own rhythm, one that makes YOU want to keep posting. The rest will take care of itself.

    Coach Owens: Methinks you're just happy Thompson is back

    (Too bad he's a 60/64 in BM v11.19)

    TheBigBomber: Glad the summary helped. Welcome!

    metsguy234: Glad to hear! Obama/Biden promises to be an interesting ticket.
    *******

    March 31, 1973


    We're ready. I think.

    Joe Torre and bench coach Jack McKeon just wrapped up practice and the team looks good. Buck Martinez looks good behind the plate, Will Thompson hammered the ball living up to his nickname of 'Thump.' White, Russell and Soderholm completed the horn: All young players at the dawn of brilliant careers.

    In right, Pat Kelly continues to offer his quiet guidance. Bill Robinson and Jim Ray Hart, our former third baseman, round things up there. Last year's center fielder, Jose Cardenal, starts on the bench along with last year's catcher... this year's manager...and team captain.

    The MLBPA doesn't know what to do with Joe Torre. As manager he shouldn't be involved in their discussions...but he's also a player, not to mention the team rep...but he's my liaison. In the sordid history of the player's association they never had to deal with a player-manager before, and I hear Marvin Miller's running in circles trying to figure out how to handle him.

    Good. I hope his head explodes.

    There's nothing quite as lonely..or as freeing..as having the stadium to yourself. I walked through the infield; our grass, more like fuzz or moss, has frost on it. Groundskeepers assure me it'll grow once things heat up, and anyway tomorrow's supposed to be in the sixties.

    It's been a good few years....a strange few years. Johnny Podres, Satchell Paige, Willie Mays - big names have worn a Royals uniform since we took the field in '69. Perhaps our biggest stars will be home grown. Paul Splittorff starts tomorrow, and Bert Blyleven after him - aces both (if Bert can get his act together after last year.)

    I walked through the outfield into the home bullpen. No grass here, just a mound, plate and a few loose balls. Someone forgot to clean up. I picked one up - dirty and overworked, but no obvious blemishes, then, since no one was around to laugh, stepped on the mound.

    I frowned at my imaginary catcher, shaking off meaningless signs. Satisfied I nodded and threw my best fastball.

    It soared out of the bullpen.

    Happy no one saw, I went to get it when I heard a rustling from overhead. I squinted up the steep wall to the right side outfield plaza. Nothing. A security guard on rounds?

    "Hello!?"

    Silence.

    I looked to the other wall, towards the center field scoreboard and saw a flash of movement. Somethi...no, someone, moving along the girders near the flag stand. No one should be working on the stadium at this point. Last minute repairs. "Hello!? You there!" The figure ran.

    I should have called security. Remember that if you're ever alone in a stadium with someone who may not belong there. What I did instead was charge through the pitchers' doors into the hallway leading to the clubhouse. Up two flights and I emerged onto the narrow walkway ringing the back of the stadium. Workers used it during construction, of course, and we kept it in case technicians needed to get to our scoreboard. Ahead I saw him fiddling with said board. "You! Stop!"

    He twisted something on the board and ran. I raced after him. A prankster perhaps, more likely someone hunting for souvenirs. If he'd messed up the scoreboard, then I'd throw him over the rail and...

    As I passed behind the scoreboard, something hot and white slammed into my left side. I remember flying. Then darkness.
    *******

    Silence, broken occasionally by someone beeping...one of those new electronic alarm clocks, going very fast. If someone would turn it off maybe I could get some sleep. Voices around me, something about concussions...concussion, concussive, conclave, consensual, consent...something like that. Consent. Someone wanted my consent but I wouldn't give it. I simply didn't want to, so I drifted away.
    *******

    More of that insane beeping. More talking. A man and woman, the first giving orders, the second obey...no, the second had her own opinion. I should know the man's voice, but can't quite place it. The other...

    "Kat?"

    The beeping grew both louder and softer at the same time, as if someone turned up the volume but moved the radio further away. Darkness yielded to grey, grey to shapes. A shadow appeared across my face then flashed a light in my eyes.

    "Stop that!" I wrenched away, but the shadow grabbed my chin and forced me back.

    "No bleeding," the shadow murmured in Kat's voice. "Pupils are clear."

    I clenched my eyes shut. She finally turned off her penlight. "About time you woke up,"

    "Where am I?"

    "St. Luke's."

    "What am I..?" I tried to lift my head, and someone shoved a pick through my eye. I cried out and fell, clutching my skull.

    "I wouldn't do that." She touched my arm. "You fractured your skull when you fell. Consider yourself lucky that's all you did."

    "Fell? Ka...where am I?"

    She frowned and checked my IV bag, then turned back. "You're in the hospital."

    I thought about asking why again, but slowly the pieces put themselves together. "How long?"

    "Two days."

    "Two...! I have to get out." I sat up again, and felt like someone shoved a pick through my other eye.

    "Stop that!" she snapped, pressing me back. "You aren't going anywhere."

    "I have to warn people."

    "Warn them about what?"

    I fought to remember. "There was someone up there. I think he sabotaged..."

    Kat turned and fiddled with the IV. "There was no one else up there when the scoreboard blew, thank God."

    "The scoreboar..? It didn't go on it's own, Kat. Someone...I think he made it....made it go..." I blinked, and the room swam in response. Suddenly the possibility of a saboteur didn't bother me so much. At the least it could wait. I felt like I was going to fall. "Ka..."

    "Shush," she said. "Everything will be alright." No doubt, so I slept.
    *******

    Katrina Watson turned away from her sleeping friend. She turned the dial on the morphine, reducing it to normal levels, then sat beside him while he slept.

    Sabotage? Probably nothing more than a delusion, the mad nightmare of someone with a two-day concussion. He didn't need that kind of stress right now. The League office sent someone to help Ewing Kauffman manage the club for a few days or weeks. The Royals would be okay.

    She made a call to work, explaining that taking care of her friend would take a few more days. Perhaps she could find a residency program in KC...
    Retired Dynasties I'm Proud of
    To Rule in Kansas City Part I and Part II (Kansas City Royals 1969-73, Hall of Fame)
    Cardinal Sins (St. Louis Cardinals 1976-78) and it's sequel:
    Diverting Destiny (Montreal Expos 1994)
    Script for my Requiem (New Orleans Blues (fictional) 1954)

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    Re: To Rule in KC II: A New Dawn

    So...wha?

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    Re: To Rule in KC II: A New Dawn

    I'm glad you finally got the file back. I love this dynasty and I could kinda tell you couldn't really get into your other ones.

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