Rebuild Case Study Part 1: Kansas City Royals
As the major leagues begin it’s final one-third of the 2017 regular season schedule and the Atlanta Braves take a hard look at the conclusion of their third year of the John Hart/John Coppolella rebuild that started after the 2014 season, I feel like it may be worthwhile to explore the teams that have recently gone down the road of rebuilding. I will be comparing them to the Braves efforts to date, to see how the efforts of those other teams, for good or ill, could help inform Braves fans on what can occur in the years to come.
My first look is at one of the rebuilds that gestated the longest and may have one of the shorter shelf-lives, but nonetheless can’t be deemed anything other than a complete success: the Kansas City Royals.
Length of Rebuild: Seven years (2006-2012)
Primary Talent Acquisition Method: Draft
Success Level: Two playoff appearances to date, one division title, two World Series appearances, one championship