KC Royals: Is Ned Yost’s ‘Mount Rushmore’ accurate?

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KC Royals, Dan Quisenberry
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KC Royals pitcher Dan Quisenberry has “Mount Rushmore” credentials.

The late, great closer Dan Quisenberry, who pitched for the Royals from 1979-1988, is another Kansas City star Yost might have chosen.

“Quiz” was one of the best relievers in the major leagues. Although he lacked heat, his submarine style fooled batters throughout his 12-season career. In his 10 years with the Royals, Quisenberry was 51-44. His 2.55 ERA is the best in the club’s history, and he’s second to Bret Saberhagen with a 1.15 WHIP and Jeff Montgomery with 238 saves and 573 appearances.

Quisenberry was a three-time All-Star, five-time Rolaids Relief Man of the Year, led the American League in saves five times and the big leagues once, and helped the club to their 1985 World Series Championship. He appeared in four games in that Fall Classic and was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

He had a microscopic 0.928 WHIP in 1983 and didn’t have a WHIP above 1.579 until he posted a 2.400 with San Francisco in 1990, which was his final season in the major leagues.

He saved 40 games twice—45 in 1983 and 44 in 1984. He is a member of the Royals Hall of Fame.