Kansas City Royals All-Time Worst 25 Man Roster
By David Hill
Oct 15, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki (23) throws a t-shirt into the crowd from the top of the dugout after game four of the 2014 ALCS playoff baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals swept the Orioles to advance to the World Series. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Center Field – Joey Gathright
Joey Gathright is remembered for two things – his blazing speed and his ability to jump a moving car. Neither of those helped him during his major league career.
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Perhaps the precursor to the Kansas City Royals philosophy of putting pressure on opposing defenses, Gathright was at least fast and able to make somewhat consistent contact. However, he could not do anything with those abilities, producing a .273/.336/.311 batting line with 22 extra base hits during his time in Kansas City. Somehow, he managed to hit a home run, sending a Joel Pineiro pitch out of Kauffman Stadium.
Defensively, Gathright was somewhat useful. He was able to shift between left and center, although he was not particularly adept at either position, costing the Royals three runs despite using his speed to be able to get to balls other outfielders could not reach.
A one tool player, Joey Gathright was not able to turn his blazing speed into the type of production that the Royals had hoped for. If only the Royals needed someone to hurdle a moving car…..
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