JACK'S SMACK: "It's night and day between owners Glass and Kauffman"

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals have made it fun to be a fan again.

Their gallant run to the playoffs is a reminder of how it used to be when we had competitive baseball year after year.

The good times at the ball park brought back memories of the first 25 years when Ewing Kauffman owned the franchise.

The last 20 years have been regrettable under David Glass.

For those who have witnessed only the dark side, let me compare the two ownership groups.

Mr. Kauffman had 16 winning seasons in 25 years. David Glass now has two winning seasons in 20 years.

Mr. Kauffman took the Royals to the playoffs seven times in a 10-year period and twice to the World Series.

David Glass has never had a real sniff of the playoffs in 20 years.

The Royals finished first or second 14 times under Mr. Kauffman. They've never finished higher than third, under David Glass.

The Royals never lost 100 games in a season under Mr. Kauffman. They lost a hundred or more four times in five years under the current ownership.

They lost a club record 106 games in 2005.

It is night and day between two owners. Now, we should be encouraged by what happened this season.

The Royals appear to have found their way. But I remind you, and the record will bear this out: the Royals are good for only one winning season every 10 years under Glass.

Look at it this way. It's got to get better, right?

We can only hope.

That's Jack's Smack.

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