Monday, June 28, 2010

Royals Career WAR Leaders

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Here are the all-time leaders in WAR compiled while a Royal (numbers from The Baseball Gauge). I've highlighted Royals Hall of Famers with gold bars.

  • Kevin Appier needs to be inducted yesterday.
  • WAR shows Freddie Patek, Larry Gura and Steve Busby to be marginal Royals HOF choices...
  • ...but it's downright cruel to inductee Cookie Rojas. Cookie did start off as an effective player in his first few years as a Royal, and was selected to four All-Star games between 1971-74. The Royals may have kept him around a little too long, and his numbers between 1974-77 hurt his totals. His hitting line in eight years as a Royal is an underwhelming .268/.314/.346. Here a few of the 69 Royals with more WAR than Cookie: Gil Meche, Mark Teahen, John Buck. Cookie played eight seasons in KC to rack up his 4.9 WAR; Jay Bell put up 4.8 in his one season.
  • Is Carlos Beltran a Royals HOFer?

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