league baseball, 27 – 14. Part of the reason for their success is that the club took a chance on two
players that other teams did not pursue.
Kendrys Morales has played in the majors off and on starting in 2006. He became a starter
in 2009. On May 29, 2010 he leapt into the air in celebration of the walk-off grand slam home run he
had just hit. He landed awkwardly, injuring his ankle. His recovery took some time. He did not play
until last year when he was picked up after the season started. Morales did not have spring training.
He tried to get his form back during the regular season with disappointing results. By the end of the
year his game improved. He helped the Seattle Mariners during the pennant race. Although other
baseball people thought Morales would never reach the level he had before his injury, the Royals
invited him to spring training and gave him time to work on his skills.