Kansas City Royals by Paul Bowker

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Sweeney continued his standout play, but the Royals finished an AL-worst 58–104 that season. STRIVING FOR A COMEBACK 39 center fielder Carlos Beltran became regular contributors. had at least 22 homers, 100 But Wood struggled. RBIs, and 27 stolen bases. Standout first baseman/ But Kansas City decided that designated hitter Mike Swee- it could not afford to keep ney did stay with the Royals him. The Royals dealt him to for many years. He made his the Houston Astros as part of debut with the team in 1995.

It was the first time in 44 years that a bigleague base runner had achieved this feat. ” —Kansas City closer Dan Quisenberry, after he compiled an AL-best 35 saves in 1982 and was named the league’s Fireman of the Year by the Sporting News 45 GLOSSARY ace postseason A team’s best starting pitcher. acquire The games in which the best teams play after the regular-season schedule has been completed. To add a player, usually through the draft, free agency, or a trade. retire To officially end one’s career.

It took 26 years to beat Nolan Ryan, but it did. ” —Royals star George Brett, after he retired following the 1993 season George Brett was named to the AL All-Star team 13 times during his career, giving him by far the most invitations to the Midsummer Classic in Royals history. Through 2013, the Kansas City players with the next most All-Star Game invites were Amos Otis, Mike Sweeney, and Frank White, all of whom had five. On September 7, 1971, in the Royals’ 4–3 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, Amos Otis stole five bases.

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