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1. George Brett (1973-1993, 84.6 WAR)
Over twenty years after he retired, there is still a reason as to why George Brett remains the Face of the Kansas City Royals. Let us just look at some of his accomplishments. Brett is the only player to win a batting title in three different decades, doing so in 1976, 1980 and 1990. He just missed hitting .400 during that 1980 campaign, as he posted a .390/.454/.644 batting line, as his batting average remained over .400 through September 4th.
In addition to winning the MVP award that season, Brett was a thirteen time All-Star, a three time Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove winner. He finished in the top three on the MVP ballot four times. Brett, quite simply, was an all time great at third.
His career numbers back that up. His 3154 hits rank 16th in baseball history. A .305/.369/.487 batting line with 317 home runs and 201 stolen bases. Brett’s 665 doubles are sixth all time. He ranks 15th in extra base hits, and is seventh all time in intentional walks. A lifetime member of the Royals, George Brett has stuck around, filling various capacities in the front office and even donning the ol’ number 5 for a couple of months to serve as the Royals interim hitting coach.
Not only is George Brett the greatest Royal ever, but he remains the face of the franchise. It is easy to see why.