Another solid Kansas City Royals team....funny typing that sentence in 2010.
I had a few to choose from here. I am going with Hal McRae on this one...he led the American League in RBI and the Royals in Home Runs and batted .308 with that. He was the designated hitter, so the purists may argue with that, but he did what you wanted a designated hitter to do; hit. George Brett led the team in on base percentage and runs scored. Willie Wilson led the American League in batting average.
Since no starter had eye-popping stats, I am going to the bullpen for this one. Dan Quisenberry led the AL in saves and had a 2.57 ERA. He is sort of forgotten about now, but he was the best closer in the AL from 1980-1985. I think the most memorable thing about him was his pitching style. He would pitch side armed and as a 10 year old, this was a very cool thing to watch. I often wonder how he figured out to throw that way. I know the coaches I had would've discouraged you very quick from attempting to throw that way, and he made it all the way to the majors throwing submarine style.
Rookie Card of the Year and Most Interesting Non-Topps Card
Not a whole lot to choose from in either category, so I will go with Darryl Motley. He had a cup of coffee with the Royals in '81, so he made it into both the Donruss and Fleer set in '82. He didn't play with the Royals in 1982, but was in their minor league system. He came back up in 1983 and was the starting right fielder for the '85 Royals, but was out of the majors after 1987. He played as far as into 2002 though in the independent Northern League.
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