Kansas City Royals: The complicated legacy of David Glass

Kansas City Royals owner David Glass and Julian Irene Kauffman throw out the first pitches before Thursday's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, on March 29, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals owner David Glass and Julian Irene Kauffman throw out the first pitches before Thursday's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, on March 29, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) /
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Judging David Glass’ ownership of the Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals have had their ups and downs when David Glass owned the franchise. Yet, he should be judged by more than their record.

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Yes, he oversaw the Royals return to glory. He opened the vault and gave the goahead for the acquisitions of Wade Davis, Johnny Cueto, and Ben Zobrist, all of which played a key part in their first championship in 30 years. But he also provided far more.

What Glass provided was stability. Dayton Moore has been the general manager since 2006, trailing only Brian Cashman and Jon Daniels in terms of longevity. Ned Yost has been the manager since 2010, the only manager of the Royals to stay with the team through four seasons. While Yost may retire after this season, he is currently the longest tenured manager in the AL, and trails only Bruce Bochy in longevity.

Glass has also changed his ways during his time as owner. He was more willing to open the vault, especially after seeing how the city embraced the Royals during their run of success. While that success has been fleeting in recent seasons, there is hope for the future, which is more than could be said at the beginning of his reign. In the end, the Royals found success, which makes up for the first dozen years.

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As David Glass is entering his final days as the owner of the Kansas City Royals, he leaves behind a mixed legacy. He also leaves John Sherman with a team that could be ready to contend in a couple of years, and a fanbase hungry for more success.