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Starting Catcher – Darrell Porter
While Salvador Perez would likely be the defensive stalwart on any team he was a part of, that is especially evident when the starting catcher is almost entirely geared towards offense. In this case, Perez would likely see plenty of opportunity to play in late game situations with Darrell Porter as the starting catcher for the Kansas City Royals all time team.
Even though Porter was a poor defensive catcher, he was quite the hitter. In his four seasons with the Royals, Porter posted a .271/.375/.435 batting line with 61 home runs and 85 doubles. The confines of Kauffman Stadium appeared to perfectly suit Porter, as he never approached that peak again, finishing with a career .247/.354/.409 batting line.
What the Royals had with Porter was the perfect compliment to their speed based lineup. With he and George Brett in place, the Royals were able to wreck havoc on the basepaths en route to becoming a juggernaut in the late 1970’s. Porter also, unfortunately, had a lifelong battle with cocaine, costing him part of the 1980 season and eventually playing a part in his death due to a heart attack at the age of 52.
Darrell Porter had an excellent four year run as the Kansas City Royals starting catcher. Even though he is likely to be overtaken by Perez in the somewhat near future, for now, Porter would remain as the starting catcher on the All Time Royals lineup.
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