Top 50 Kansas City Royals http://www.notinhalloffame.com Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:23:02 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb 1. George Brett http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9229-1-george-brett http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9229-1-george-brett 1. George Brett
Come on, could we have possibly picked anyone else? George Brett is among the top hitters in Baseball history and arguably the best one to ever play regularly at Third Base (though Mike Schmidt might argue).
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2. Bret Saberhagen http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9230-2-bret-saberhagen http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9230-2-bret-saberhagen 2. Bret Saberhagen
Bret Saberhagen played the first eight of his seasons in the Majors with the Kansas City Royals and there was a definite pattern to his annual performances:  If the season was an even number Saberhagen likely had a subpar campaign.  If it was an odd number, it was a good one...in some cases it was very good! 
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3. Kevin Appier http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9231-3-kevin-appier http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9231-3-kevin-appier 3. Kevin Appier
There are many who might think the ranking of Kevin Appier is very high.  We get that.  He was an All Star only once and was never a 20 Game winner.  Realistically he was a Cy Young candidate only once in his career (1993) where he finished third in voting, a season where he would win the ERA Title.  This seems good, but third overall for a franchise?
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4. Willie Wilson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9232-4-willie-wilson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9232-4-willie-wilson 4. Willie Wilson
While the story of Willie Wilson can not be described without discussing the 1983 drug charge where he and three other teammates were jailed for 81 days for attempting to purchase cocaine (he was suspended for the first six weeks of the 1984 season) this is not how we remember the fleet footed outfielder.
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5. Amos Otis http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9233-5-amos-otis http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9233-5-amos-otis 5. Amos Otis
Amos Otis appeared to be a bad fit with the New York Mets, or at least management thought so.  Kansas City certainly didn’t feel that way, as Otis would become one of their best players throughout the 1970’s.
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6. Dan Quisenberry http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9240-6-dan-quisenberry http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9240-6-dan-quisenberry 6. Dan Quisenberry
During the first half of the 1980’s, Dan Quisenberry was the best closer in the American League, and if you don’t believe that it should be believed that he was the best known.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sun, 04 Nov 2018 13:28:10 +0000
7. Frank White http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9241-7-frank-white http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9241-7-frank-white 7. Frank White
Frank White was a member of the Kansas City Royals for all eighteen of his Major League seasons, and the Royals faithful were happy that he was there for the duration.
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8. Mark Gubicza http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9242-8-mark-gubicza http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9242-8-mark-gubicza 8. Mark Gubicza
With the exception of the 1993 season where he was mostly used as a Middle Reliever, Mark Gubicza was a Starting Pitcher for the Royals for thirteen seasons.  Over that time Gubicza was used either as the team ace, the number five starter and all spots in between which was enough for him to accrue 133 wins as a Royal.
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9. Hal McRae http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9243-9-hal-mcrae http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9243-9-hal-mcrae 9. Hal McRae
Hal McRae was not a very good defensive player, but fortunately for him and the Kansas City Royals he emerged in the 1870’s when the Designated Hitter came into fruition.
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10. Alex Gordon http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9244-10-alex-gordon http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9244-10-alex-gordon 10. Alex Gordon
At the University of Nebraska, Alex Gordon was considered by all of the experts not just to be the best Cornhusker on the diamond but the best baseball player in all of the NCAA.  It was certainly no surprise that the Kansas City Royals would make the versatile player the second overall pick in the 2005 Amateur Draft.
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11. Dennis Leonard http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9250-11-dennis-leonard http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9250-11-dennis-leonard 11. Dennis Leonard
Dennis Leonard may never have been an All Star but the mustachioed hurler had some campaigns where you thought he might have been considered for it…especially if the All Star Game was voted on after the season!
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:14:41 +0000
12. Zack Greinke http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9252-12-zack-grienke http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9252-12-zack-grienke 12. Zack Greinke
Zack Greinke overcame a lot of personal adversity on his way from a high First Round pick to Cy Young Award winner.  Greinke suffered from severe depression and anxiety and was almost out of Baseball but he persevered to become the ace that pundits knew he could always be.
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13. Mike Sweeney http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9253-13-mike-sweeney http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9253-13-mike-sweeney 13. Mike Sweeney
Mike Sweeney is one of the all-time good guys of the Kansas City Royals in terms of dugout presence, community involvement and just being a quality human being.  More importantly (for this list anyway) he was a pretty solid player.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:13:31 +0000
14. John Mayberry http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9254-14-john-mayberry http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9254-14-john-mayberry 14. John Mayberry
In the mid-1970’s it would be hard to dispute that John Mayberry was one of the biggest reasons to catch a Royals Game.  On a team that did not have a lot of power hitters, it was Mayberry who would be the one to most likely go deep. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:16:20 +0000
15. Lorenzo Cain http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9255-15-lorenzo-cain http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9255-15-lorenzo-cain 15. Lorenzo Cain
Lorenzo Cain played for Kansas City for seven seasons and he was arguably the team’s spark plug for much of that time.
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16. Jeff Montgomery http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9256-16-jeff-montgomery http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9256-16-jeff-montgomery 16. Jeff Montgomery
In Jeff Montgomery’s rookie year with Cincinnati, he made one start in fourteen games.  He would be traded to the Royals where he would never start again, and never play for anyone else.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:38:03 +0000
17. Salvador Perez http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9257-17-salvador-perez http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9257-17-salvador-perez 17. Salvador Perez
One of the most popular Catchers in recent memory, Salvador Perez has also proven to be one of the better defensive ones too.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:40:59 +0000
18. Freddie Patek http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9258-18-freddie-patek http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9258-18-freddie-patek 18. Freddie Patek
A fixture in the Kansas City Royals infield throughout the 1970’s Freddie Patek brought a strong defensive presence to the lineup.  While Patek never won a Gold Glove, he was the American League leader in Defensive bWAR and Total Zone Runs in 1972.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:43:22 +0000
19. Carlos Beltran http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9259-19-carlos-beltran http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9259-19-carlos-beltran 19. Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran has an excellent chance of being a Hall of Famer and it all began in Kansas City.  In 1999, Beltran took over the starting Centerfield job and the third spot on the batting order.  Not surprisingly, Beltran would win the Rookie of the Year in the AL and he would belt 20 Home Runs and 100 RBIs in all of full seasons with Kansas City. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:45:47 +0000
20. Paul Splittorff http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9260-20-paul-splittorff http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9260-20-paul-splittorff 20. Paul Splittorff
If we were to this list based primarily on longevity and statistical accumulation than Paul Splittorff would be near the top, however it is hard for us to rank someone higher when he never seriously challenged for any statistical win among hurlers in any season, nor was he really considered the ace of the staff by those in the know. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:48:33 +0000
21. Charlie Leibrandt http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9261-21-charlie-leibrandt http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9261-21-charlie-leibrandt 21. Charlie Leibrandt
The meat of Charlie Leibrandt’s career took place in Kansas City where he would win 10 or more games five years in a row (1984-89).  1985 would be far and away the best season of his career where he would finish fifth in Cy Young voting by going 17 and 9 and a 2.69 ERA, which was good enough for second in the AL.  Most importantly, Leibrandt was a major factor in the Royals reaching and winning the 1985 World Series.  He would record 76 Wins for Kansas City overall.
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22. Larry Gura http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9262-22-larry-gura http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9262-22-larry-gura 22. Larry Gura
A National Champion at Arizona State Larry Gura would have mediocre stints with the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees before the latter traded him to Kansas City.  It would be in the Midwest where the southpaw would find himself as the Royals’ sometimes ace.
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23. Darrell Porter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9263-23-darrell-porter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9263-23-darrell-porter 23. Darrell Porter
Darrell Porter would play more seasons with Milwaukee and would win a World Series with St. Louis (where he was both the NLCS and World Series MVP) but in between those teams he played the best baseball of his career with the Kansas City Royals.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:58:28 +0000
24. Johnny Damon http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9264-24-johnny-damon http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9264-24-johnny-damon 24. Johnny Damon
Johnny Damon will always be best known for his run with the Boston Red Sox where he helped them win their first World Series in decades, but his star began as a member of the Kansas City Royals.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:02:43 +0000
25. Steve Busby http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9265-25-steve-busby http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9265-25-steve-busby 25. Steve Busby
In the mid-1970’s it was expected that Steve Busby would have an incredible career, and for a couple of seasons that was certainly the case.  In his rookie year, Busby won 16 Games and was a 22 Game winner in his second season (1974) and would go to his first of two straight All Star Games.   1975 would see Busby net 18 Wins and at this point it was believed that Steve Busby was considered one of the top ten Pitchers in the American League. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:05:16 +0000
26. Kevin Seitzer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9268-26-kevin-seitzer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9268-26-kevin-seitzer 26. Kevin Seitzer
Kevin Seitzer’s best season of his Major League Baseball career was in his rookie season where in 1987 he was the runner-up for the Rookie of the Year and was the co-leader in Hits.  Seitzer put up what would be career highs in Home Runs (15) and bWAR (5.8) while also boasting a .323 Batting Average and a trip to the All Star Game.  Seitzer never duplicated that year, but he still would put up three more 165 Hit seasons and would have a .294 career Batting Average over his six years in Kansas City.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:45:16 +0000
27. Eric Hosmer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9269-27-eric-hosmer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9269-27-eric-hosmer 27. Eric Hosmer
Eric Hosmer was a highly touted rookie and the former third overall pick would finish third in Rookie of the Year voting in 2011.  Hosmer would show steady numbers and a gradually increased power game, as he would belt 25 Home Runs in his last two years in Kansas City (2016-17).  A member of the 2015 World Series Championship Team, he would be named an All Star in 2016 and in 2017 would earn his lone Silver Slugger as a Royal while putting up a career high .318 Batting Average.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:51:06 +0000
28. Joakim Soria http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9270-28-joakim-soria http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9270-28-joakim-soria 28. Joakim Soria
A Rule 5 Draft choice from the San Diego Padres, Joakim Soria was brought in and immediately found a spot in the Royals’ bullpen.  Soria saved 17 Games in his rookie year and in the next three seasons he would save 30 or more games while going to two All Star Games.  In those three years he would post an ERA of 1.84 with a 1.005 WHIP and in 2010 he finished second in Win Probability Added and Saves while also finishing tenth in Cy Young voting.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:53:35 +0000
29. David Cone http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9271-29-david-cone http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9271-29-david-cone 29. David Cone
David Cone would become known (right or wrong) as a “gun for hire”, a Pitcher who could get you over the hump.  While he was often a Cy Young contender the only time he did win the award was in 1994…when he was a member of the Kansas City Royals.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:55:45 +0000
30. David DeJesus http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9272-30-david-dejesus http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9272-30-david-dejesus 30. David DeJesus
In 2004 David DeJesus finished 6th in American League Rookie of the Year voting and while that would be the closest he would come to winning an award in Major League Baseball he would have a productive run with Kansas City.  DeJesus would have three straight 155 Hits seasons (2007-09) and would lead the AL in being Hit by Pitches in 2006.  He would also have a .307 season (2008).
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:59:21 +0000
31. Al Fitzmorris http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9274-31-al-fitzmorris http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9274-31-al-fitzmorris 31. Al Fitzmorris
An original Kansas City Royal, Al Fitzmorris arrived to KC via the Expansion Draft and he would play eight seasons for the Royals.  In the first half of his run with Kansas City he would be in and out of the bullpen trying to find his groove but he would be promoted to a regular starter in 1973 and from 1974 to 1976 he would win 13 or more Games for the Royals and would win 70 overall against 48 Losses.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 10:48:20 +0000
32. Greg Holland http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9275-32-greg-holland http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9275-32-greg-holland 32. Greg Holland
Greg Holland rose up the ranks in the Kansas City Royals organization where he was designed to be a reliever from the get go.  With his reliable four seam fastball, Holland would never start a game for KC but would work his way from middle relied to the full time closer’s role when Jonathan Broxton was traded to Cincinnati on July 31, 2012.  It proved to be a wise trade for the Royals.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 10:50:17 +0000
33. Tom Gordon http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9276-33-tom-gordon http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9276-33-tom-gordon 33. Tom Gordon
Tom “Flash” Gordon’s long baseball career began with the Kansas City Royals where in 1989 he would be the runner-up for the American League Rookie of the Year Award.  Arguably this would be the best year he would have as a Starting Pitcher where he went 17 and 9 with 153 Strikeouts but he would have three more seasons with Kansas City where he whiffed 140 or more batters.  Gordon would go 79 and 71 for Kansas City but would achieve greater success in his career as a Relief Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 10:52:33 +0000
34. Mike Moustakas http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9277-34-mike-moustakas http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9277-34-mike-moustakas 34. Mike Moustakas
As of this writing, Mike Moustakas is in his eight season in the Majors, all of which have been with the Kansas City Royals.  While it can be debated that he hasn’t had the production you would hope for in regards to a second overall pick, Moustakas (or “Moose” as he is called) has certainly had a good career and was vital to the Royals 2015 World Series Championship.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 10:54:45 +0000
35. Bud Black http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9278-35-bud-black http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9278-35-bud-black 35. Bud Black
For three seasons, Bud Black was a successful Starting Pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.  In 1984, Black would go 17 and 12 with a WHIP of 1.128, which was good enough to lead the AL in that statistical category.  Bud Black would later assist the Royals in winning the World Series and afterward would be in the bullpen for two more seasons.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 10:56:57 +0000
36. Danny Tartabull http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9279-36-danny-tartabull http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9279-36-danny-tartabull 36. Danny Tartabull
For a time, “The Bull”, Danny Tartabull was one of the more feared power hitters in the sport.  The New York Yankees certainly thought so when they signed him from the Kansas City Royals where he was coming off his best season, but he never did duplicate that production in the Bronx (though he did get a Seinfeld episode out of it).
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 10:59:49 +0000
37. Joe Randa http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9280-37-joe-randa http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9280-37-joe-randa 37. Joe Randa
Joe Randa was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1991 and he would work his way up to the main roster only to be traded shorty after to Pittsburgh, drafted by Arizona in the expansion draft, traded to Detroit, then the New York Mets and then back to the Royals again.  It was in that second run with the Royals where the Randa would go on the greatest run of his career.
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38. Mike Macfarlane http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9281-38-mike-macfarlane http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9281-38-mike-macfarlane 38. Mike Macfarlane
Mike Macfarlane played eleven seasons with the Kansas City Royals where the workmanlike Catcher would serve as a rock for the team.   A good defensive Catcher who expertly handled his staff, Macfarlane wasn’t known for his offensive spark, but he did have good power numbers.  Macfarlane had a 20 Home Run season in 1993 with five other 10 Home Run campaigns.  Notably, he also led the American League twice in being Hit by Pitches.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 11:06:29 +0000
39. Al Cowens http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9282-39-al-cowens http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9282-39-al-cowens 39. Al Cowens
Far more than a player who feuded with Ed Farmer (Google it) Al Cowens was a good defensive Rightfielder who would provide 784 Hits for Kansas City.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 11:08:52 +0000
40. Billy Butler http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9283-40-billy-butler http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9283-40-billy-butler 40. Billy Butler
Certainly hampered on this list by his lack of defensive skills, Billy Butler was best used as a Designated Hitter, a role he spent approximately two thirds of his Royals career at.  Focusing on his offensive skills, Butler was a more than capable DH winning the Edgar Martinez Award as the DH of the year in 2012.  Five years in a row (2009-13) he would hit 15 or more Home Runs and he would post two .300 seasons with a decent career Royals Batting Average of .295.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 11:11:00 +0000
41. Alcides Escobar http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9284-41-alcides-escobar http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9284-41-alcides-escobar 41. Alcides Escobar
As of this writing, Alcides Escobar is currently in his eighth season with the Kansas City Royals where he has performed reasonably well thus far.  Escobar has collected numerous Hits as five of his seasons with KC has seen him go 150 or more and he has also given them four 20 Stolen Base seasons.  While his hit accumulation has been good (he is one of the few Royals who have over 1,000 Hits for the team) he is certainly penalized on this list for having an abysmal On Base Percentage.  As a Royal the Venezuelan Shortstop has only had two seasons of .300 OBP and his career OBP for Kansas City is .295.  Throw in a lack of power and there are clearly some deficiencies in his game. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 11:46:28 +0000
42. Kevin Herrera http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9285-42-kevin-herrera http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9285-42-kevin-herrera 42. Kevin Herrera
A reliever for his entire career with the Kansas City Royals Kelvin Herrera worked his way through the bullpen and by 2014 he established himself as the seventh inning Pitcher for the team.  Herrera excelled in this role and was gold as a setup man for the team and his contribution to the organizations back-to-back World Series appearances cannot be discounted.  Herrera’s post-season record for Kansas City was 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA and he was a two time All Star for the team.  He would later be named the closer and he recorded 57 Saves for KC.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:15:43 +0000
43. Danny Duffy http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9286-43-danny-duffy http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9286-43-danny-duffy 43. Danny Duffy
As of this writing, Danny Duffy is in his eighth season in the Majors, all of which have been for the Kansas City Royals.  Duffy has been used primarily as a Starting Pitcher, his highlight being the 2016 season where he went 12-3 with 188 Strikeouts.  He was the Royals’ Opening Day Pitcher in both 2016 & 2017 and prior to that in a relief role he helped KC win the 2016 World Series.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:19:40 +0000
44. Cookie Rojas http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9287-44-cookie-rojas http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9287-44-cookie-rojas 44. Cookie Rojas
With one of the greatest names in Baseball, Cookie Rojas was a four time All Star for the Kansas City Royals.  Rojas had four straight .260 seasons with 120 Hits, which included a .300 Batting Average season in 1971.  Rojas would receive MVP votes in two different years (1971 & 1973) and was certainly one of the more popular figures in the team’s history.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:21:45 +0000
45. Dick Drago http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9288-45-dick-drago http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9288-45-dick-drago 45. Dick Drago
Before he played a game in the Majors, Dick Drago was selected by the Royals in the expansion draft and as such probably entered a starting rotation a little earlier than he would have had he stayed in Motown.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:23:59 +0000
46. Danny Jackson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9289-46-danny-jackson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9289-46-danny-jackson 46. Danny Jackson
Danny Jackson had an up and down career over his fifteen seasons in Major League Baseball, the first third of which were spent in a Kansas City Royals uniform.  The first overall pick in 1982 would have a few decent seasons as a starter for KC but it was his 1985 playoff performance that cements him on this list.  Jackson shutout the Toronto Blue Jays in a pivotal Game 5 when the Royals were down 3 games to 1, which turned the tide in the series.  He would go on to win another game in the World Series against the Cardinals to help the Royals win their first championship.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:26:43 +0000
47. Jose Rosado http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9290-47-jose-rosado http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9290-47-jose-rosado 47. Jose Rosado
The career of Jose Rosado should have been so much more, but as in all professional sports, this is another case of athletics meeting injury resulting in a shortened career.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:29:02 +0000
48. Jarrod Dyson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9291-48-jarrod-dyson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9291-48-jarrod-dyson 48. Jarrod Dyson
This one might be a bit of a surprise, but allow us to explain.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:31:19 +0000
49. Steve Farr http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9292-49-steve-farr http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9292-49-steve-farr 49. Steve Farr
Early in his career, Steve Farr was a member of the 1985 Kansas City Royals though he did not have a whole lot to do with that title.  While that is true, Farr would carve himself a decent career as a Relief Pitcher ad would secure 49 Saves for the team.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:33:59 +0000
50. Gil Meche http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9293-50-gil-meche http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-kansas-city-royals/9293-50-gil-meche 50. Gil Meche
An All Star in 2007, Gil Meche arguably had better seasons with the Seattle Mariners but he was more of a workhorse with the Royals.  Meche finished first in the American League in Games Started in both 2007 and 2008 and was in the top ten in Innings Pitched both of those years.  In 2008 he finished ninth in FIP.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Kansas City Royals Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:36:05 +0000