Although the Kansas City A’s struggled during their time in the midwest, there were still some decent players to pass through the organization.
It is easy to overlook the Kansas City A’s when going back through Athletics history. The franchise spent 13 years in the midwest and never finished with a winning record. The once proud franchise had some of their worst years in Kansas City, finishing in the American League basement in five of those seasons.
It did not help that the A’s were essentially run as another farm team for the Yankees. The A’s new owner, Arnold Johnson, had owned Yankee Stadium, as well as the Yankees’ AAA stadium in Kansas City. The franchise made several deals with the Yankees during the early part of his ownership, keeping the dynasty going.
However, Johnson was not entirely bad for the A’s. He modernized the franchise by creating a minor league system and bringing in scouts; the team had a total of three scouts when he purchased the team. Yet, it was not until the team was purchased from his estate by Charles O. Finley, and eventually moved to Oakland, to become a contender.
Even though the Kansas City A’s did not exactly cover themselves in glory, there were some solid players on the franchise. Let’s look back at the best players from those 13 years in the midwest.