Red Sox can learn from Royals’ recipe – Boston Herald
The Royals are two wins away from the World Series, which basically defies reason. And so a relevant question from a local perspective is what lessons, if any, can the Red Sox take from Kansas City’s success.
The sad fact is, the Red Sox are closer to the Have-Nots than the Haves at the moment, a position Kansas City finally extricated itself from last year after three decades of mediocrity.
The Red Sox have far greater resources at their disposal than the Royals could ever dream of, and they’re now looking at their second top-seven pick in the last three years, as well. Properly allocating those resources this winter will be key.
So let’s take a look at the Royals and see if there any areas the Red Sox could consider emulating. Here are three:
In a town where we’ve already written off Jackie Bradley Jr. and most of the Red Sox’ young pitchers as impact big leaguers, the Royals offer a reminder in the value of patience.
The team’s win totals have increased every season since 2009, when it won 65 games, to this year, when it won 89.
Along the way, the Royals have developed players like MVP candidate Alex Gordon, a three-time Gold Glover in left field who only reached .260 once in his first four seasons. Or first baseman Eric Hosmer, who batted .232 during a sophomore slump 2012 season. Or even third baseman Mike Moustakas, who’s coming off a season every bit as bad as Will Middlebrooks’, but has blasted two of the biggest homers of the playoffs.
The point is, the Royals suffered through 65-, 67-, 71- and 72-win seasons before breaking through with 86 victories last year. They developed their young talent during those campaigns, let many of those players struggle, and are now reaping the rewards.
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