Royals Clinch First Playoff Berth Since 1985, End Longest Postseason Drought


MLB: Kansas City Royals at Chicago White SoxCHICAGO — Kansas City’s long postseason drought is over.

The Royals clinched a playoff spot for the first time in 29 years, beating the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Friday night behind seven scoreless innings from Jeremy Guthrie.

Kansas City secured at least a wild card spot and ended the longest active postseason drought among the major North American sports leagues. Not since George Brett led the Royals to a World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985 had they reached the playoffs.

Small-market Kansas City endured more than its share of losing in recent years. But it contended into September last season and kicked down the playoff door on Friday.

Photo via Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports Images

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