Now that we’re past the midway point of the 2009 MLB season, it’s safe to look at the standings and definitively declare the Kansas City Royals out of contention. Sure, you might think that being 20 games under .500 would have put them out of contention long ago. But the Royals’ season doesn’t end until we say it does (it’s in the rulebook, look it up), and since we really haven’t paid attention to them since May, we’re just now getting around to saying it.
It’s hard to believe that the Royals used to be one of the most well-run franchises in sports. Now they’re just a punchline, one of many perenially bad baseball teams for the rest of us to mock. But even amongst the other laughable franchises in baseball (Nationals, Pirates, Orioles come to mind), the Royals incredibly have a chance to stand alone as the worst team ever in the history of baseball.