Moustakas’ legacy more than homers

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July 30, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Kansas City Royals: Column

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The next time Mike Moustakas is at Kauffman Stadium he will walk to the plate to a standing ovation and MOOOOOSE calls earned through a career that changed a franchise and a city.

In so many ways, he was the Royals’ rise from the bottom. The first official draft pick by Dayton Moore, a wide-bodied, fleet-footed, howitzer-armed shortstop who hit more home runs than anyone in California high school history.

He was hope back then, a high-dollar, baseball-obsessed kid who made himself something of an organizational legend when he grabbed the collar of an older teammate who disrespected a coach.

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