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Years of losing, no ownership and low payrolls culminated with three straight 100-or-more-loss seasons in the 2000s. But when Royals owner David Glass hired general manager Dayton Moore in 2006, the culture began to change. And finally, after a 29-year absence from the postseason, the Royals advanced all the way to Game 7 of the World Series in 2014.
As they prepare to host the winner of the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Thursday, here's a look at the Royals' postseason history:
Last time made playoffs: In 2014, the Royals made the postseason as a Wild Card team and beat the A's, 9-8, in 12 innings, in one of the greatest games in franchise history.
Last time won playoff series: In 2014, the Royals swept the Orioles in the AL Championship Series, 4-0.
Last time won AL/NL: In 2014, the Royals swept the Orioles, 4-0, for the AL pennant.
Last time won World Series: In 1985, the Royals beat the Cardinals, 4-3, winning Game 6 with help from the famous Don Denkinger call.
Overall DS record: 1-1 in two series. 3-3 in seven games. .571 percent
Overall LCS record: 3-4 in seven series; 16-15 in 31 games, .516 percent
Overall WS record: 1-2 in three series; 9-11 in 20 games, .450 percent
Overall postseason record: 5-7 in 12 series, 29-29 (including WC Game), .508 percent
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.