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Third Base – George Brett
It is virtually impossible to look at the all time leaders in Kansas City Royals history on the hitting side of the ledger and not find George Brett’s name. Not only was Brett the single greatest hitter in Royals history, he was one of the true all time greats of the game, a player whose career was so respected that he is tied with Ty Cobb for the fourth highest percentage of votes received for the Hall of Fame.
Brett’s career was certainly impressive. He won a batting title in three different decades, the only player in major league history to do so. Brett made 13 All-Star Games, won an MVP award and a Gold Glove. He flirted with the magical .400 mark during the 1980 season, staying above that line until September 4th. Overall in his career, Brett had 3154 hits while compiling a .305/.369/.487 batting line to go along with 317 home runs and 201 stolen bases.
On the diamond, there was not much that Brett could not do. The true Face of the Franchise, and the keystone figure on the Royals Mount Rushmore, Brett was the heart and soul of those Royals teams, a fiery leader who would literally fight those standing in his way.
A player who is still synonymous with the Kansas City Royals, even though he retired over twenty years ago, George Brett was certainly an easy choice at third base. Even with some of the solid players who appeared there over the years, there never really was much in the way of competition for his role.
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