No. 35) Steve Balboni, first baseman/designated hitter, 1984-88
Steve Balboni was another important piece of the 1985 World Series club. Over his five seasons with the Kansas City Royals, Balboni smashed 119 home runs and piled up plenty of strikeouts to go with them. In fact, Balboni’s 36 home runs in 1985 stood as the club record until Mike Moustakas notched 38 in 2017.
No. 34) David Cone, starting pitcher, 1986 and 1993-94
David Cone is a Kansas City native and Rockhurst High School alum. It was the Royals who drafted Cone. But after a short stint on the big-league roster, Cone was off to the Mets. He returned to Kansas City for two seasons, both of which were memorable. In those two seasons, Cone had a 3.17 ERA and won the 1994 Cy Young Award.
He is one of only three Royals to win that prestigious award. In 1999, as a member of the Yankees, Cone pitched the 16th perfect game in MLB history. He was a five-time All-Star and also a five-time World Series champion (one with Toronto, four with the Yankees).
No. 33) Joe Randa, third baseman, 1995-96 and 1999-2004
Joe Randa came up as a Royal in 1995 and returned to town in 1999. Over the course of his career, Randa appeared in over 1,000 games for the franchise. Randa was a fan favorite and a constant in the lineup during his main stint with the team (1999-2004). In 2004, he famously collected six hits in a single game, as the Royals trounced the Tigers, 26-5.