Tuesday, May 11, 2010

1982 Kansas City Royals

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.

Cy Young
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.

__ TO 429 C John Wathan KCR
__ TO 35 1B Willie Aikens KCR
__ TO 645 2B Frank White KCR
__ TO 200 3B George Brett KCR
__ TO 329 SS U L Washington KCR
__ TO 230 LF Willie Wilson KCR
__ TO 725 CF Amos Otis KCR
__ TT 65 RF Jerry Martin KCR
__ TO 625 DH Hal McRae KCR

Starting Pitchers
__ TO 790 SP Larry Gura KCR
__ TT 8 SP Vida Blue KCR
__ TO 759 SP Paul Splittorff KCR
__ TO 495 SP Dennis Leonard KCR

SP Buddy Black
__ TT 37 SP Dave Frost KCR

Relief Pitchers
__ TO 264 CL Dan Quisenberry KCR

RP Mike Armstrong

RP Bill Castro

RP Don Hood

Other Players

SS Onix Concepcion
__ TT 93 3B Greg Pryor KCR
__ TO 693 CF Cesar Geronimo KCR

RF Steve Hammond

C Don Slaught
__ TO 132 1B Lee May KCR
__ TO 173 C Jamie Quirk KCR
__ TO 657 LF Tom Poquette TEX
__ TT 126 UT Dennis Werth KCR

1B Ron Johnson

OF Mark Ryal

OF Bombo Rivera

UT Tim Ireland

SS Buddy Biancalana

2B Kelly Heath

SP Keith Creel
__ TT 46 RP Grant Jackson KCR

RP Derek Botelho
__ TO 362 RP Jim Wright KCR

RP Bob Tufts

Minor Leagues
__ FL 412 MN Mike Jones KCR
__ DO 590 MN Darryl Motley (or FL 417)


MG Dick Howser

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