Top 50 Kansas City Royals

An expansion team in 1969, the Kansas City Royals brought baseball back to KC after the Athletics relocated to Oakland in 1967.  The Royals struggled early as expected of any expansion team but they would make their first playoff in 1976 and return in ’77, ’78 and 1980.  The latter year would see the Royals make their first World Series although they would go down in defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The first half of the 1980’s were good to the Royals and in 1985 they would put it altogether and win the World Series by defeating their cross state rival, the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985.  The Royals would remain decent for the next ten years (although they did not reach the playoffs) but from the mid 90’s to the early 2010’s organization did not perform very well and more often than not found themselves in the bottom half of the standings.

After 29 years, the Royals returned to the postseason as a wild card team and advanced to the World Series but were beaten by the San Francisco Giants.  The next year they would return to the World Series but this time they would beat the New York Mets to take their second championship.

Note: Baseball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades. 

 

This list is updated up until the end of the 2017 Season.

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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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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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…
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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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.
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.