Kansas City Royals: Top Twenty Hitters In Team History
By John Viril
Apr 3, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Scoreboard announces the postponement of the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
19. Jose Offerman
Jose Offerman has a unique place in Kansas City Royals history. Surprisingly, he is the Royals all time leader in batting average and on base percentage, showing his excellent contact skills and batting eye. A solid second baseman, and a generally underrated player in Royals history, Offerman was better than we may recall between 1996-98.
Indeed, for his time with the Royals, Offerman posted a .306/.385/.419 batting line while displaying his excellent speed. Not only did he steal 78 bases, but Offerman also hit 84 doubles and 27 triples. While Offerman was an All-Star in the seasons surrounding his tenure with the Royals, one could easily argue that he was worthy of a nod during those three years.
After his major league career ended, Offerman became better known for his temper. He was hit by a pitch while playing for the long Island Ducks and charged the mound, hitting pitcher Matt Beech and catcher John Nathans with a bat. He was later sued for damages, and pulled a disappearing act. Offerman was also suspended for punching an umpire during an argument while he was managing in the Dominican Winter League.
While his temper may have overshadowed his accomplishments on the field, Jose Offerman was a good hitter for the Royals. Considering some of the players that have appeared at second base since his time in Kansas City, his tenure was one of the bright spots offensively at the position.
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