The Rochester Royals are a Minnesota Amateur Baseball team composed of local players. The Royals have a 25-man roster which consists of both former and current college and professional athletes. In August, the Royals participate in a sectional playoff with local teams in hope of advancing to the state tournament. The Royals have won the championship twice (1991, 2006).
The Rochester Royals organization began many years ago as a minor league affiliate for the Kansas City Royals. The team has been in existence since 1924 making it Rochester’s longest standing baseball franchise. Mayo Field has hosted hundreds of Royals games over the years; the team has called it home since the field was built in the 1940’s. In the 1950’s, the Royals typically drew a crowd of 1,000 to 1,500 fans. As the years passed by and major league baseball expanded, the Kansas City Royals relocated their Rochester minor league affiliate elsewhere. However, the Royals remained in town as an amateur baseball team.
Thirty-four Royals have been named to the State All-Tournament Team since 1990. Most notably, Bill Cutshall was named Tournament MVP in 1991 and Joe Siple also won the award in 2006.
STATE TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
2016, 2010 (4th), 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 (Champion), 2005, 2004 (2nd), 2003, 2002 (3rd), 2001 (3rd), 2000 (2nd), 1999 (2nd), 1998, 1996, 1995 (2nd), 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991 (Champion), 1990 (3rd), 1965 (2nd), 1960, 1948, 1947 (2nd), 1945, 1939, 1932, 1930, 1924