Kansas City Royals: Faces of the franchise

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 14: Salvador Perez
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 14: Salvador Perez /
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CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 23: Danny Duffy /

Danny Duffy

The above tweet speaks for itself. Not only is Danny Duffy one of the better pitchers the team has had in recent years, but he’s one of the best teammates and leaders a club could ask for. DUI incident aside, Duffy is a role model and is extremely beloved in the Kansas City area.

Don’t believe anything I said above? Check out this comment Eric Hosmer made about who the best teammate he’s had was:

"“I’m gonna say Duffy. He was always bringing in stuff for the whole team. He’s the pitcher always on the top step when he’s not pitching.”"

The proof is in the pudding. Like Perez, Duffy is under contract through 2021. This makes him a franchise centerpiece and someone who should be synonymous with the phrase “Kansas City Royals” over the next few years. If he’s as serious as he sounds about improving himself, the Royals may have one of the best leaders in all of baseball on their hands.