Kansas City Royals: Top Twenty Hitters In Team History

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Aug 9, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer (20) coaches against the Miami Marlins in the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

9. Kevin Seitzer

In 1987, 25-year-old rookie Kevin Seitzer did the unthinkable: he pushed then 34-year-old George Brett off third base even though Brett had won his only gold glove at the position two years before.

Seitzer enjoyed a terrific rookie year, .slashing .323/.399/.470 with a career high 15 home runs and 83 RBI’s. Kevin Seitzer finished second in the Rookie-Of-The-Year vote, earned an All-Star slot, and finished 20th in MVP voting.

He spent four more seasons with the Kansas City Royals, leaving after the 1991 season. Overall, he finished his KC Royals career with a .294/.380/.394 triple slash good for a 115 OPS+ (15% better than league average).

Kevin Seitzer played six more seasons in the big leagues with stops in Oakland, Milwaukee, and Cleveland. Seitzer is known in the KC area for founding the Mac & Seitz batting cage along with teammate Mike MacFarlane and became the team’s hitting coach for four seasons from 2009-12. Kevin Seitzer currently is the hitting coach for the Atlanta Braves.

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