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'Friends in Low Places' could be replaced

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Will Garth Brooks' "Friends of Low Places" fall off the Kauffman Stadium hit chart?

There's a chance that Brooks' popular song that has become a sixth-inning anthem for Kansas City fans in the last six years will be replaced this summer.

"We've decided that in 2014 we're going to put it up to the fans to see what they would like as the sixth inning sing-a-long," said Toby Cook, Royals vice president of community affairs and publicity. "'Friends in Low Places' has been the one since 2008 officially although we played it a fair amount before then."

In March, fans will be asked to nominate songs to be considered as the sing-a-along and the Royals will narrow it down to 32 tunes that will be put into a bracket and voted on by fans via text in April and May. The winner will be decided by June 7 and used for the rest of the season.

Details on the nomination process will be announced soon.

Could the Garth Brooks' song survive?

"Theoretically 'Friends in Low Places' could be in, if it gets nominated and gets selected and I'm sure it will get selected to be in the bracket," Cook said.

"Friends in Low Places" marked its 20th anniversary in 2010.

"Garth had said, 'I really appreciate you playing it and I would love for you to at least do it through the 20th year,' " Cook said, "because they were kind of making a big deal out of it. So we did it for a couple of years after that but we decided to let the fans decide what they wanted to sing along with."

Brooks, a baseball enthusiast, made many friends with the Royals in 2004 when he trained with the club in Surprise.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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