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Kansas City Royals see fruits of farm in ALCS that Orioles couldn't match
Kansas City Royals see fruits of farm in ALCS that Orioles couldn't match

Just hours after the Kansas City Royals clinched a World Series berth with a sweep over the Orioles, tomes began to emerge about how it’s all been part of the Royals' plan. That’s a little tidy for my taste — both of these teams had to adjust on the fly to get to the ALCS, but I won’t just say Kansas City got lucky and move on. Most of the time, baseball comes down to talent, and where the Royals’ talent came from made the difference. Both teams spent much of the first decade of this century picking high in the draft, with the opportunity to hoard young talent to use it to build a winner. The Orioles, to their credit, have built a winner without the...

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