The results of the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot will be announced on January 22nd. There are two former Kansas City Royals players up for consideration, do either of them stand a chance?
There are two players on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot that once wore Kansas City Royals uniforms. They weren’t for a long period of time, for either player, but both Rick Ankiel and Miguel Tejada are on the ballot in their first year of consideration.
With the results set to be announced at the end of the month, speculation has begun to mount over who will be inducted as the 2019 Hall of Fame class. The player projected most likely to find himself in the Hall of Fame is Mariano Rivera on his first ballot.
The outfielder played in 27 games for the Kansas City Royals in the 2010 season. With the Royals, slashing .261/.317/.467. He knocked in 15 RBIs and tallied 24 hits while playing with Kansas City. During the year, he also played for the Atlanta Braves.
He began his 11 year MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals. After playing for Kansas City and Atlanta, he served stints with the Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, and New York Mets. His overall career slash sits at .240/.302/.422.
With the stacked ballot, it is highly unlikely that Ankiel will be voted in this year. The good news is that he will have nine other chances to get into Cooperstown.
Miguel Tejada rounded out his MLB career with the Kansas City Royals, in the 2013 season. He played in a total of 53 games, slashing .288/.317/.378. He totaled 45 hits during his stint with the Royals and knocked in 20 RBIs.
The teams he spent the most time with in his career were the Oakland A’s and the Baltimore Orioles, but he also served a short time with the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants. His career totals ended at .285/.336/.456.
He also is unlikely to end up in the Hall of Fame in his first time on the ballot. But, who knows? Anything could happen, and we will all find out very soon who is headed to Cooperstown.