Sep 26, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; A glove and bat sit on the field before the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
When one thinks of the great hitters in Kansas City Royals history, George Brett immediately jumps to mind. However, the Royals have had a lot more than just their all time great third baseman at the plate in franchise history.
The Kansas City Royals have had a familiar formula when it has come to offense during their runs of success. They made contact, relied on their speed and had just enough power to keep teams honest. While the teams of the 1970’s and 80’s had more power than the recent Royals squads, the same principles of contact, speed and putting pressure on the opposition applied.
However, the KC Royals have been more than a collection of scrappy contact hitters. There have been a few legitimate power bats to come through Kauffman Stadium, as well as a few players who went on to become stars at other stops in their careers. A few players found the K to be to their liking, putting up their best marks with the Royals, and were unable to replicate that success elsewhere.
Last week, we looked at the top ten pitchers in Royals history. Today, let us take another trip down memory lane and look at the twenty best hitters in the history of the Royals. Keep in mind, this list strictly concerns their time with the Royals, so while Harmon Killebrew was a great hitter and ended his career in Kansas City, only that one year would factor in.
*post by Dave Hill and John Viril*
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