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Low HR totals for Royals

Posted by Andy on August 23, 2008

Over at 88 Topps Cards, we just saw Steve Balboni's card and a reader noted that he still holds the single-season record for HR for the Royals franchise.

Indeed here are the top 20 seasons by HR count for Kansas City:

  Cnt Player            **HR** Year Age Tm  Lg  G   PA  AB  R   H  2B 3B RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+------+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Steve Balboni       36   1985  28 KCR AL 160 662 600  74 146 28  2  88  52   4 166   5   0   5  14   1  1  .243  .307  .477  .784 *3        
    2 Gary Gaetti         35   1995  36 KCR AL 137 578 514  76 134 27  0  96  47   6  91   8   3   6   7   3  3  .261  .329  .518  .847 *53/D     
    3 Dean Palmer         34   1998  29 KCR AL 152 639 572  84 159 27  2 119  48   3 134   6   0  13  18   8  2  .278  .333  .510  .843 *5D       
    4 Danny Tartabull     34   1987  24 KCR AL 158 667 582  95 180 27  3 101  79   2 136   1   0   5  14   9  4  .309  .390  .541  .931 *9/D      
    5 John Mayberry       34   1975  26 KCR AL 156 683 554  95 161 38  1 106 119  16  73   4   1   5   8   5  3  .291  .416  .547  .963 *3D       
    6 Jermaine Dye        33   2000  26 KCR AL 157 679 601 107 193 41  2 118  69   6  99   3   0   6  12   0  1  .321  .390  .561  .951 *9D       
    7 Bo Jackson          32   1989  26 KCR AL 135 561 515  86 132 15  6 105  39   8 172   3   0   4  10  26  9  .256  .310  .495  .805 *7D/8     
    8 Danny Tartabull     31   1991  28 KCR AL 132 557 484  78 153 35  3 100  65   6 121   3   0   5   9   6  3  .316  .397  .593  .990 *9/D      
    9 Chili Davis         30   1997  37 KCR AL 140 567 477  71 133 20  0  90  85  16  96   1   0   4  15   6  3  .279  .386  .509  .895 *D        
   10 George Brett        30   1985  32 KCR AL 155 665 550 108 184 38  5 112 103  31  49   3   0   9  12   9  1  .335  .436  .585 1.021 *5/D      
   11 Carlos Beltran      29   2002  25 KCR AL 162 722 637 114 174 44  7 105  71   1 135   4   3   7  12  35  7  .273  .346  .501  .847 *8D       
   12 Mike Sweeney        29   2001  27 KCR AL 147 632 559  97 170 46  0  99  64  13  64   2   1   6  13  10  3  .304  .374  .542  .916 *3D       
   13 Mike Sweeney        29   2000  26 KCR AL 159 717 618 105 206 30  0 144  71   5  67  15   0  13  15   8  3  .333  .407  .523  .930 *3D       
   14 Steve Balboni       29   1986  29 KCR AL 138 562 512  54 117 25  1  88  43   2 146   1   0   6   8   0  0  .229  .286  .451  .737 *3        
   15 Jeff King           28   1997  32 KCR AL 155 647 543  84 129 30  1 112  89   4  96   2   1  12   9  16  5  .238  .341  .451  .792 *3/D      
   16 Bo Jackson          28   1990  27 KCR AL 111 456 405  74 110 16  1  78  44   2 128   2   0   5  10  15  9  .272  .342  .523  .865 *87D      
   17 Steve Balboni       28   1984  27 KCR AL 126 488 438  58 107 23  2  77  45   5 139   4   0   1   9   0  0  .244  .320  .498  .818 *3/D      
   18 Jermaine Dye        27   1999  25 KCR AL 158 673 608  96 179 44  8 119  58   4 119   1   0   6  17   2  3  .294  .354  .526  .880 *9/D      
   19 Hal McRae           27   1982  36 KCR AL 159 676 613  91 189 46  8 133  55   7  61   5   1   2   8   4  4  .308  .369  .542  .911 *D/7      
   20 Bob Oliver          27   1970  27 KCR AL 160 662 612  83 159 24  6  99  42   4 126   3   2   3  15   3  3  .260  .309  .451  .760 *35       

It's amazing how low the leading totals are, plus how few seasons from the Steroids Era make the top 20. I joked over on the other blog that the Royals suck even at taking steroids :)

I've been trying to find a way with the PI to easily list the single-season HR leaders by franchise, but haven't found a way to do that. I'm pretty sure that Balboni's total is the lowest for all teams, ever since Carlos Pena hit 46 for the Rays last year.

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7 Responses to “Low HR totals for Royals”

  1. spartanbill Says:

    I think 2nd place goes to the Marlins. Sheffield holds their record with 42. Even though theRoyals have been around 20 seasons longer than the Marlins, the cutoff will soon be 27 for the Marlins also; assuming Jacobs (25) and Cantu (22) stay on pace.

  2. Johnny Twisto Says:

    No one has hit more than 34 HR for the Twins since 1970.

    Was it Bill James who noted the "Curse" of Steve Balboni? I think no World Series winner had a player with more than his 36 HR for 15 years or so.

  3. Johnny Twisto Says:

    And in fact, Killebrew is the only Twin to hit more than 35 HR in a season (Sievers and Jim Lemon did it when they were the Senators).

  4. Spartanbill, I don't know who is #2, but the Mets have never had a player hit more than 41 home runs.

  5. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Carlos Pena last season was the only Devil Ray to hit more than 34 HR.

  6. The White Sox were very slow to come to the home run party. None of them reached 30 in a season until Bill Melton, in 1970; 40 had to wait for Frank Thomas in 1993; 50 is still waiting.

  7. Without a football injury, what do you think Bo Jackson would have done to this record? I don't think he could have "saved" the Royals, but his loss to that franchise about the same time George Brett was in serious decline really hurt.

    Do you think he would be accused of juicing?