All-Time Royals Team

The Kansas City Royals came in as an expansion team in 1969, two years after the Athletics moved to Oakland. Many of those years have been full of hard luck as the Royals have struggled. They did have some highly successful years between 1976-1985. This time frame would see the Royals make the playoffs 7 times, losing a tough 1980 World Series to the Phillies and capturing their lone World Series win in 1985. In the 42 year history of the franchise, here is our list of the best players for the team.

C - Darrell Porter
1B - Mike Sweeney
2B - Frank White
SS - Freddie Patek
3B - George Brett
OF - Amos Otis
OF - Willie Wilson
OF - Hal McCrae
DH - Carlos Beltran
SP - Brett Saberhagen
SP - Dennis Leonard
CL - Dan Quisenberry


  1. It was tough for me to leave off Paul Splittorff, the all-time franchise wins leader who recently passed away, but Saberhagen and Leonard were much better.

  2. Not a real strong team, there's no power hitter. Royals have never had a legit HR hitter with the exception of Balboni and Bo Jackson. OCP and MC are too young to know McCrae was almost exclusively a DH and Beltran should be in the OF, but we'll forgive them. Some good players left off the list are Steve Busby, Willie Aikens and Greinke.


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