KC Players of the 1970s: Where Are They Now?
Shortstop – Freddie Patek
“The Flea” is recognized among the Royals greats, as he is arguably the best shortstop in franchise history. Know for his height, standing a 5 feet 5 inches tall, Patek made use of his small, quick figure, swiping 385 bases in his career.
Not known as the greatest hitter, Patek was unsigned by the Royals in 1980, after posting an OPS+ of 64. Patel ended up inking a deal with the California Angels, where he spent the last wo years of his career.
After decreasing production and playing time, Patek hung it up. Quickly after his career on the field, Patek went to go spend time as a TV analyst, mainly for NBC.
Since a tragic car accident that later took the life of his daughter, Kim, Patek has been involved in the Spinal Cord Society.
Third Base – George Brett
Mr. Royal. The Royal of all Royals. King Royal. The Hall of Famer. George Brett. I chose to put his profile in the 1970s volume of this series, rathe than the 1980s.
Spending his whole 20 year career with the Kansas City Royals, Brett filled his time well, being recognized as one of the better third baseman the game has ever seen.
After his hall of fame career, Brett put down the glove and bat and went to go work as vice president of baseball operations for the KC Royals.
Many remember his brief stint as interim hitting coach for the KC Royals in 2013.
Brett has also invested in several minor league baseball teams with his brothers in the past.
This is what Brett is up to today.