The Kansas City Royals will be entering their 50th season in existence in 2018. We’ve decided to count down the top 50 players in a three-part series.
There have been plenty of tantalizing players that have called Kansas City home since 1969 — a total of 858 players in all. In honor of the franchise’s 50th season, the Kansas City Royals are asking fans to determine the all-time team and name the top 50 players in franchise history.
Naturally, we had to give our input. Our breakdown will be broken up into a three-part series. I will discuss players 50-31, Cody Leonard will present players 30-11 and Michael Testa will reveal our top 10 all-time Kansas City Royals.
The top-50 list was determined by the three of us ranking our own 50 best players. Then came assigning points for landing spots on each list. It led to what we’ll call a consensus top-50 list. First, in alphabetical order, here are the players who received votes but do not appear on our list:
Willie Aikens, Tim Belcher, Dick Drago, Jim Eisenreich, Alcides Escobar, Jeff Francouer, Gary Gaetti, Jeremy Guthrie, Luke Hochevar, Raul Ibanez, Ed Kirkpatrick, Whit Merrifield, Jose Offerman, Cookie Rojas, Paul Schaal, Jeff Suppan, UL Washington and John Wathan.
Now, onto the countdown.