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Royals in retrospect: Parting ways with the “Big Four”

Welcome to the Royals in retrospect series. Throughout the offseason, members of the Kings of Kauffman staff will be looking back on historic moments in the Kansas City Royals’ history and deciding whether or not those choices panned out in both the short term and the long run.

The 2017 season was the most recent one in which the Royals had hopes of contending. At the end of that season, the quartet of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar walked off the field to standings ovations, cheers and tears.