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Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Kansas City Royals

The Royals are loaded with young talent, but they're still experiencing growing pains

Originally Published: September 16, 2011
By Baseball Prospectus, Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider
Eric HosmerTim Larson/Icon SMIEric Hosmer is hitting .287 with 17 homers this year in what has been a promising debut.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade -- whether in September (or before), the league division series, league championship series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski and Kevin Goldstein's farm-system overview.

Today we show the door to the Kansas City Royals, who nursed their vaunted minor leaguers to the majors and experienced the corresponding growing pains. It's time to kiss them goodbye.