New Home Run Record Points Out Kansas City Has Succeeded Without Relying On Power
Wesley Snipes's Character Recalls A Real Life Slugger For The Kansas City Royals
KC Has Twice As Many World Series Championships As Forty Homer Hitters
They have captured two World Series Championships as well as four American League Pennants, and they have made nearly a dozen postseason appearances. While it is not equal to the New York Yankees or even the team with which it shares a state, the St. Louis Cardinals, the resume for the Kansas City Royals is quite impressive.
What makes their accomplishments even more remarkable is the relatively short existence, compared to the lengthy tenures of the two clubs mentioned above. Remember that the Royals have been around for fifty years, entering as part of Major League Baseball's four team expansion in 1969.
Spmehow, throughout all that success, the Royals have never had a player reach the forty mark in home runs. Jorge Soler, who recently set the new team record when he hit his 38th, should obviously surpass forty this year.
Not even during the steroid era, when guys were slugging fifty regularly and occasionally mashing sixty and even seventy, did Kansas City have a player muster as few as forty.
In fact, the club's first three decades of existence had barely a half dozen guys who managed to eclipse the twenty-five mark. Here are the Royals who slugged at least 25 during Kansas City's first 25 years.
His output of 27 in 1970 was double what team leader Lou Piniella had in 1969, when Sweet Lou earned the honor of the American League Rookie of the Year.
The All-Star first baseman surpassed the quarter century mark several times, which made him a key component of the Kansas City teams that won divisional championships in the Seventies.
More of an average hitter, the slick fielding Otis flexed enough power to qualify for this list.
His brief but remarkable Big League career had temporarily been forgotten after his incident with former NFL star O.J. Simpson.
His most memorable season had little to do with home runs, for in 1980 Brett made a serious run at becoming the first .400 hitter since Ted Williams. Brett finished a very, very respectable .390 and took Most Valuable Player honors.
After being traded from the Cincinnati Reds, he became one of the best hitters in the A.L. While he did smash over 25 home runs, his power was more evident in the record number of doubles he hit.
Not only was the all Star catcher a vital part of the consistent contenders that were the Seventies Royals, but he later helped the St. Louis Cardinals capture the World Series Championship.
Willie Mays Aikens
A decade before the film Major League created the fictional slugger Willie Mays Hayes (played by Wesley Snipes), a real life similarly named player was providing power in the middle of the Kansas City lineup.
When you think of power hitters in the history of the Royals, this is the guy who comes to mind. Balboni was the one who held the club record of 37 just broken last week by Soler.