May 31, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Royals mascot “Sluggerrr” entertains the crowd while the Houston Astros play the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park. Chicago won 6 to 0. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Right Field – Jose Guillen
Towards the middle to the end of the 2000’s, the Kansas City Royals made a couple of signings in free agency to attempt to bring themselves back to respectability. Gil Meche, when healthy, was a solid pitcher. However, their other big ticket signing, Jose Guillen, proved to be a disaster.
Guillen had been, for a time, a productive power hitter, which is what the Royals had hoped for. While he did hit a total of 45 home runs in his two and a half years with the Royals, he was not that consistent threat in the middle of the lineup that they needed. During his time with the Royals, Guillen posted a .256/.308/.420 batting line, but his production was only a part of the problem.
A tempermental player who consistently had issues with authority anywhere he played, Guillen began to class with the Royals about his playing time. Guillen also saw the beginning of his time with the Royals marred by a suspension, later overturned, for being a part of the Mitchell Report. Eventually, he was shipped to the Giants in August of 2010 for a minor leaguer.
While the Giants would go on to win the World Series, Jose Guillen was not a part of that postseason run. Left off the postseason roster, Guillen had a shipment of syringes filled with HGH intercepted by the DEA, marking an end to his career.
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