Sunday, August 08, 2004

What would Ewing Kauffman do?

Many believe the Royals would still be a contender if their former owner were around. Some say he wouldn't spend the money.

By JEFF PASSAN
The Kansas City Star

The boom started in 1990, and Ewing Kauffman resolved to find himself right at its forefront.

Free agency. It sounded regal, bourgeois, a chance to capture the best by flaunting the most. And Kauffman, the 74-year-old Royals owner, wanted it all.


“When free agents were sort of the in thing, when they first became fashionable, he said, ‘If we're going to get into this, we're going to (do it) right,' ” then-general manager John Schuerholz said. “He made some aggressive free-agent moves.”

Total payroll: A major-league-record $23.2 million.


Read the entire article here on the KC Star website.