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5 Things For Kansas City Royals Fans To Enjoy During Offseason

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5 Things For Kansas City Royals Fans To Enjoy During Offseason

5 Things For Kansas City Royals Fans To Enjoy During Offseason
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The baseball season concluded with the Boston Red Sox claiming the World Series title. Now that the offseason has officially arrived, what are baseball fans to do? Winter can be tough for many a baseball fan, especially for those rooting for the Kansas City Royals. After getting their first taste of competitive baseball since the 80s, fans in Kansas City are hungry for more, and waiting the winter months out will be more difficult than ever.

The Royals' season ended over a month ago with a 4-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. KC was in contention for the Wild Card long into September, making it the first time Royals fans have enjoyed relevancy that late into the year since their World Series win in 1985. Questions about the roster now surround the Royals franchise as they enter the offseason. “Watching out for free agency/trade news” isn't something I put on the list, simply because I figure it goes without saying. Before the 2014 season begins, KC has decisions to make on several influential players, including Ervin Santana, Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar. As well, they will need to find an offensive upgrade through trade or free agency.

This offseason surely won't be dull for Royals fans, but it's still a bummer not to hear the sounds of baseball throughout the stillness of winter. To keep baseball fans in warm spirits through the cold months ahead of us, I've compiled a quick list of things to appreciate before pitchers and catchers report to training camp on Feb. 11. Try not to count down the days -- it will only make this more difficult.

Doug LaCerte is a writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DLaC67, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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5. Arizona Fall League

Arizona Fall League
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The MLB Network will occasionally broadcast games from this farm team, developmental league, in which many noteworthy prospects will be making an appearance. One of the talented youngsters being showcased is Royals minor league outfielder, Jorge Bonifacio, who should reach the major league level shortly. Bonifacio will be playing in the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game this Saturday, so tune in to see the Royals' future in right field.

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4. Baseball Museums

Baseball Museums
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The offseason is a great time to visit the numerous baseball museums all around the country. For fans in Kansas City, the beautiful Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on 18th Street in KC, Mo. should not be missed. Embrace baseball's rich history by visiting this, or any other baseball-related museum this offseason.

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3. Planning Your Trip to Spring Training

Planning Your Trip to Spring Training
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As I mentioned before, pitchers and catchers report to camp on Feb. 11. The Royals play their first Grapefruit League game on March 7 against the San Francisco Giants, so book your flight and get some sunscreen ready.

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2. NFL Football

NFL Football
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The parity in the NFL has made for the closest competition ever in the sport, and that should make for some good TV all through winter. There are still nine weeks left in the regular season to enjoy before the always-exciting playoffs begin in January.

Indulging in some gridiron goodness will be particularly fun for fans in KC. The Kansas City Chiefs stand alone atop the NFL as the only undefeated team in the league. For more Chiefs Kingdom news and information, check out the articles right here at Rant Sports or visit the Red and Gold Report, operated by yours truly.

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1. Los Cardenales de Lara

Los Cardenales de Lara
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As I wrote about previously, both Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar will have a few extra weeks under the tutelage of Royals hitting coach Pedro Grifol this November, as all of them join los Cardenales de Lara for some Venezuelan Winter League ball. This experience should be humbling for the young third baseman, and after an abysmal offensive season, Moose needs all the extra time with Grifol that he can get.