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Joe Montana’s time with the Chiefs wasn’t long: two seasons, 29 games, counting the playoffs. But Montana had an impact in Kansas City after the 1993 blockbuster trade that brought him from the San Francisco 49ers.

The Chiefs won a division title in 1993 — their first season with Montana at quarterback — for the first time in 22 years. That season they advanced as far as the conference title game for the first time since the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV following the 1969 regular season. They haven’t been past the divisional round of the playoffs since.

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It has been 25 years since the trade. Here are three things about the deal you might not know:

Chiefs players were at least initially in awe of their new teammate. Kansas City’s starting quarterbacks over the previous two seasons were a collection of journeymen: Steve DeBerg, Mark Vlasic and Dave Krieg. So the Chiefs were more than a little curious about Montana, 36 at the time of the trade, when he arrived in Kansas City for offseason practice. “When Joe first came in, we had already started our offseason program, the portion where players could practice by themselves without coaches,” said Carl Peterson, then Chiefs president and general manager. “The defense would practice for 45 minutes, just 7-on-7 stuff, and then the offense would practice for 45 minutes. On Joe’s first day, when the defense was done and it was time to switch to offense, not one defensive player left the practice building. They all sat down around the perimeter to watch because they wanted to see Joe Montana play. That’s what those guys thought of the trade. It gave everybody hope we could win a championship. That’s why it was such a special time.”

If the Chiefs hadn’t acquired Montana, they wouldn’t have picked up Marcus Allen, either. The Chiefs and another future Pro Football Hall of Fame player, running back Marcus Allen, had discussed a free-agent contract before the Montana trade. The trade was the catalyst for finishing the deal. “As soon as I got the trade done with Joe, Marcus called me,” Peterson said. “He told me now that we had Joe, he wanted to be a Chief, too. So some other good things happened as a result of that trade.” Allen wound up playing five seasons for the Chiefs and twice was selected the team’s MVP.

 

The other player acquired in the trade lasted in Kansas City only as long as Montana did. The trade took a long time to complete and was agreed upon only with the draft looming as a deadline. Peterson and 49ers general manager Carmen Policy had reputations as tough negotiators. “He told me at the start, ‘This won’t be easy because I’m a stubborn Sicilian,’ and I said, ‘You’re right, it won’t be easy because I’m a stubborn Swede,’” Peterson said. The 49ers initially asked for first-, second- and third-round draft picks. “I said, ‘You’re crazy with that. You’re out of your mind,’” Peterson said. The 49ers finally agreed to send Montana, a third-round pick plus a player to the Chiefs for their first-round choice, No. 18 overall. The player was safety David Whitmore. He played two seasons for the Chiefs, with 19 games and 17 starts.

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CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer felt the rules beat him before the Royals did.

Bauer allowed Lucas Duda’s homer on his first pitch in the seventh inning for the game’s only run and Ian Kennedy pitched six shutout innings, leading Kansas City to a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday in frigid, football-like weather conditions.

Duda’s shot off Bauer (0-1) was one of only three hits by Kansas City and a rare highlight as the two teams survived nine innings with the temperature hovering around freezing.

But afterward, Bauer complained that he didn’t have enough time to warm up following the sixth inning. In an attempt to speed up play this season, Major League Baseball has cut the time between innings from 2 minutes, 25 seconds to 2:05.

“First pitch of the inning, coming out, I tried to get loose, but with the new [commissioner] Rob Manfred time [nonsense], we have only a certain amount of time between innings, it’s hard to get loose sometimes, especially in conditions like that. It’s not safe, but, whatever.”

Bauer said at one point plate umpire Will Little told him to speed up and he refused.

“I was like, ‘Look, I’ll take the fine if I need to, but I’m not going to put myself at risk and I’m not going to put the team at risk of me having exactly what happened happen,’” Bauer said. “Throw a pitch that you’re not ready to compete on because you’re still trying to get loose and it gets hit over the fence, and we lose because of it — not because of it, but it was a contributing factor.”

Bauer said the elements — temperatures were in the low 30s — made everything difficult.

“Since I don’t cheat like a lot of guys and put stuff on my hand, just grab the ball and throw it, my pitches were somewhat inconsistent,” said Bauer, who allowed only three hits in eight innings. “It’s like a cue ball. It slips out of your hand. But, it is what it is. It’s worse for the hitters. I was looking forward to it. I thought I pitched pretty well overall.”

So did Kennedy (1-0), who allowed four hits, walked none and struck out eight. The right-hander was only in trouble once but worked out of the sixth-inning jam. Blaine Boyer and Justin Grimm pitched an inning apiece before closer Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect ninth for his second save.

The temperature for the first pitch was 34, one degree above the coldest start to a game in the 25-year history of Progressive Field. Players on both teams bundled up, with several wearing hoods under their caps to try to stay warm.

“The ball feels like it’s an ice cube when it gets thrown to you,” Kennedy said. “For me it was probably my body, trying to keep it warm. You start to get a little cold at the end of the game. Your flexibility starts to die down a little bit. That was the main thing, heat packs, anything to stay warm.”

The Indians came in with an AL-low .157 batting average and stayed as chilly at the plate as the unseasonably cold April. Cleveland hasn’t scored in 17 innings.

Limited to one hit through six innings by Bauer, the Royals got the one run they needed on Duda’s second homer, a rocket into the seats in right field.

Duda jumped on Bauer’s 90 mph fastball and drove it over the wall for Kansas City’s first run since the Royals scored two in the first inning Friday. Duda has both of Kansas City’s homers this season.

CHISENHALL HURT

Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall is likely headed to the disabled list with a right calf injury. He got hurt while making a running catch in the first and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the second.

Chisenhall missed nearly two months last season with a strained right calf.

Manager Terry Francona indicated Tyler Naquin will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus. He was optioned to the minors Friday when Michael Brantley was activated.

K FOR KENNEDY
Kennedy has struck at least one batter in each of his 271 career appearances. He’s tied with Boston’s David Price for the longest such streak among active pitchers.

STRIKE UP THE BAND

Indians DH Yonder Alonso got an early birthday present as his family and a few teammates arranged for a mariachi band to play in the clubhouse before the game. Alonso, who turns 31 on Sunday, even busted out some dance moves while being serenaded.

“They didn’t make me dance, but I just can’t help it,” Alonso said. “I’m from Miami. I’m a Cuban guy. So, it’s just kind of in the blood.”

UP NEXT

Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four career starts against the Royals, who will go with right-hander Jason Hammel in the series finale. Hammel went 3-2 in five starts against the Indians last season.