Royals fans mark November 26th 2019 on your calendar. It marks the day that a new owner takes the reins of the franchise and possibly takes it in a winning direction.
The 26th of November, 2019 is the day the paperwork was cleared and John Sherman officially became the new majority owner of the Kansas City Royals. Sherman has experience with the front office of a MLB franchise having worked with the Cleveland Indians as a minority shareholder and vice chairman in 2016.
Sherman wrote a letter to the Royals fanbase upon assuming the mantle of owner, here it is:
November 26, 2019
I want to thank you for your support and passion for the Kansas City Royals. Since the franchise began play in 1969, our fans have supported their team and embraced our players. The Royals, like other Major League Baseball franchises, give fans in Kansas City and across our region a sense of belonging and pride. We will strive to be competitive on the field and deeply involved in the community. Our goal is to grow the great game of baseball while providing our fans with a great game experience at beautiful Kauffman Stadium.
Two very important men preceded me. Royals founder Ewing Kauffman gave Kansas City a chance to shine as a Major League city and champion and, in doing so, helped turn the area into a spotlight for excellence and community spirit. My friend, David Glass, carried on that legacy and brought back to Kansas City playoff baseball, another world championship and an unforgettable celebration that Royals fans will forever remember.
As we embark upon this new chapter of Royals baseball, my partners and my family pledge to continue to provide Royals fans with an organization that they will be proud of. Our entire organization is working to compete at the highest level on the field. Through the draft and development process, we’re encouraged about another core group of pitchers and position players heading to the Major League level. I am confident that the Royals have a bright future.
We will also endeavor to be outstanding community partners. I believe to my core that education is the key, from the inner city to our suburbs and every big and small town in the Midwest. Through Royals Charities and other initiatives, we will harness the excitement of a Major League franchise to make the lives of our fans and our communities better.
As we start this journey together, we look to continue to build on our great history. We are proud of our fans and our hometown. We look forward to being the stewards of this great franchise. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly. As Royals fans, we’re looking forward to the seasons ahead!
On behalf of the entire organization, we thank you.
John Sherman Chairman and CEO