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Kansas City Royals All-Time ERA Leaders

Updated on April 12, 2010

Dan Quisenberry

Bret Saberhagen

The Kansas City Royals have been a major league baseball franchise since 1969, and the team had some great years, mostly in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s.  They won the World Series in 1985 but haven’t been back to the postseason since.  What made this franchise great in the first couple of decades was their pitching, and here is a short list of the Royals’ all-time leaders to date in ERA (earned run average):

Dan Quisenberry (2.55)—Dan Quisenberry was one of the greatest relief pitchers of his time and maybe one of the best ever.  He pitched in Kansas City from 1979 to 1988 and ranks first in Royals’ history with a 2.55 ERA.  Quisenberry had a 1.73 ERA, a career low, in the strike-shortened 1981 season.  But his best overall season was arguably 1983.  That year, Quisenberry went 5-3 with a 1.94 earned run average, and 45 saves (career high, and led American League).  As a result, he finished second in the AL Cy Young voting that season.  Sadly, Quisenberry passed away in 1998 from brain cancer. 

Steve Farr (3.05)—Steve Farr pitched for the Royals from 1985 to 1990, and ranks second in franchise history with a 3.05 ERA.  Farr had one of his best seasons in 1990 with the Royals, with career highs in wins (13-7) and strikeouts (94), and a 1.98 ERA, his best such mark in Kansas City.

Jeff Montgomery (3.20)—Jeff Montgomery began his career in Cincinnati, but pitched for the Royals most of it, from 1988 to 1999.  Montgomery ranks third in team history with a 3.20 ERA, and he was also a dominant closer.  Montgomery had a career best 1.37 earned run average in 1989, but his best overall season was probably 1993.  That year, Montgomery went 7-5 (tied career high in wins) with a 2.27 ERA, 66 strikeouts, and a career best (and AL leading) 45 saves. 

Bret Saberhagen (3.21)—Bret Saberhagen was one of the most dominant pitchers of his time, and he played in Kansas City from 1984 to 1991.  Saberhagen ranks fourth in Royals’ history with a 3.21 ERA, and his best season was 1989.  That year, Saberhagen had career best numbers in wins (23-6), ERA (2.16), strikeouts (193) and complete games (12) on his way to winning his second AL Cy Young Award. 

Al Fitzmorris (3.46)—Al Fitzmorris pitched for the Royals from 1969 to 1976, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with a 3.46 ERA.  Fitzmorris had maybe his best overall season in 1974.  That year, he went 13-6 with a career best 2.79 earned run average, and 53 strikeouts.


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