The 2020 Royals season did not go the way Kansas City wanted, after all, it was a 60-game season but the club finished 26-34 (.433) and fourth place in the AL Central. The Royals have not made the postseason since they won the 2015 World Series over the New York Mets, despite this, the 2020 Royals season had some bright spots despite the team’s lack of wins during the season. Now as the calendar finally turns to 2021, we will look back at the top five moments during the 2020 Royals season.
Number Five: Shutout vs. Pirates
Late into the season, on a Sunday afternoon, Kansas City hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates. At the time, neither team was in playoff contention so both teams were just looking to end on a high note. The Royals came into the series ice-cold losing eight straight games, however, they won the previous night against Pittsburgh.
The Royals were hot to start the ball game and knocked Pirates’ pitcher Chad Kuhl out of the game before the third inning. Seven Royals starters had an RBI with Whit Merrifield and Salvador Perez both having a pair, also, Perez and Hunter Dozier homered in this 11-0 game.
The biggest moment in the game was Brad Keller for the Royals. This was Keller’s 55th career start and he was excellent against the Pirates as he threw his first career complete-game shutout. Keller threw 111 pitches during this game and struck out two while walking only one batter.
Number Four: Pinch-Hit Ryan Mcbroom
During the 2020 season, the Royals had all sorts of late-inning drama. With expanded rosters, this means all MLB clubs carried extra bats on their bench. In late August, Ryan McBroom became a dominant pinch hitter.
In a three-week span, McBroom broke the franchise single-season record for most pinch-hit home runs. McBroom struggled throughout the 2020 season, however, he was a spark off the bench.
Number Three: Brady Singer‘s Debut
As the 2020 Royals season approached, the biggest question was if Brady Singer would make his debut. Singer stood out during spring training and looked like he was on track to make the Opening Day roster, however, the season then was postponed and did not start till July.
Brady Singer was added to the Royals’ roster before a game against the Cleveland Indians during opening weekend. As a rookie, many young arms make their debut and show signs that the stage is too big for them, however, Singer started with two scoreless frames. He ended his MLB debut with five innings pitched and seven strikeouts. This outing gave Royals fans hope for the future.
Number Two: Brady Singer Flirts With No-Hitter
Yes, Brady Singer is on the 2020 Royals season top moments again, but for this time may be pitching the best game of his young career. In early September, at Progressive Field against the Cleveland Indians, Singer dominated the Cleveland hitters. Brady Singer, in his ninth career start, had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning.
During this game, Kansas City fans may have had their full attention on another team in town, as the Kansas City Chiefs started their 2020 season against the Houston Texans at the same time. Whatever the case, Brady Singer showed glimpses of becoming the future ace for the Kansas City Royals.
Number One: Alex Gordon‘s Last Ride
Alex Gordon started and ended his career with the Kansas City Royals. Gordon signed a one-year deal last winter and was undecided what he was going to do after the 2020 season. Gordon’s final season was cut short due to it only being a 60-game season and fans were not allowed inside the ballparks.
Gordon played his final game in Kansas City with zero fans at Kauffman Stadium and was taken out in the early innings as all Royals coaches, players, and staff members gave Gordo a round of applause as he left the field one final time.
2020 Royals Season Moments Final Thoughts
As 2020 enters its final days, the Kansas City Royals look to put this year behind them and open up 2021 with a new slate. The team saw some bright spots in 2020 but also saw a multiple-time Gold Glove winner and World Series hero in Alex Gordon end his MLB career.
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