Sep 26, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals take batting practice before the game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
A second round draft choice by the Kansas City Royals in 1987, Terry Shumpert is more likely to be remembered as the uncle of Mookie Betts instead of anything that he accomplished in his major league career.
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Shumpert was tasked with being the player to replace Royals legend Frank White, something that he failed miserably at. In 1991, his one season as a starter for the Royals, Shumpert produced a meager .217/.283/.322 batting line. He did steal 17 bases, but was caught 11 times. That would also be the only season in which Shumpert received over 305 plate appearances in his 13 year career.
Overall for the Royals, Shumpert had 827 plate appearances, more than half of which came in 1991. He did not exactly do much with his chances, producing a .220/.272/.341 batting line. Shumpert also was a defensive liability, finishing fourth in the American League in errors as a second baseman in 1991 with 16 miscues. That combination of a mediocre bat and poor defense made Shumpert someone whose time in Kansas City was eminently forgettable.
Terry Shumpert had the unenviable task of attempting to replace a Royals legend. He failed spectacularly.
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