Most Beloved (Obscure) Royals: Lost Causes Region

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Today, we reach our third bracket in the most beloved (obscure) tournament. This bracket is made up of guys who were the subject of high hopes that mostly went unrealized. The two subregions are “Next Big Thing”—those with general hype—and “Saber-Darlings,” those whose advocacy was mostly among analytically inclined fans.

Here is the bracket:

“Next Big Thing” Match-Ups

#1 Tom Gordon vs. #16 Gary Thurman

Tom “Flash” Gordon was one of the final arrivals in the great Royals parade of young pitchers of the late eighties. He gained fans’ attention as a 20-year-old, charging from single-A all the way to the big leagues, posting a 16-5 cumulative record, with a 1.75 ERA and 263 strikeouts in 185.2 innings pitched. He became a sensation in his his rookie season as he piled up ten wins in relief before the All-Star break…

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