Brett would blossom into an elite hitter in the mid-’70s and would become a regular fixture in the hunt for the American League Batting Title. Eleven times, Brett batted over .300 and he would win that coveted Title three times, including the 1980 season where he flirted with .400 for part of the year, ultimately finishing with .390. That year he was the American League MVP, also leading the league in On Base Percentage, Slugging Percentage and OPS.
A thirteen-time All-Star, Brett also is a member of the rare 3,000 Hit Club. While he is best known for his average, Brett showed off power, blasting 317 Home Runs over his storied career. Brett would take the Royals to the 1980 World Series, and would win it again in 1985, accomplishments that never would have happened without him.
Only four people in Major League history have 300 Home Runs, a career Batting Average, and 3,000 Hits. Brett is a member of that fraternity and he did it all in Kansas City.
Brett entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1999 with a whopping 98.2% of the ballot, though don’t you want to hear the argument from the 1.8% who didn’t think so he was Cooperstown worthy?
As for the Royals, they retired his number 5 and inducted him into their franchise Hall of Fame in 1994.
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