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1979 Kansas City Royals

Roster (40-man)

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1978 / 1980

85-77, Finished 2nd in AL West (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Whitey Herzog (85-77)
GM: Joe Burke, Scouting Dir: John Schuerholz
Scored 851 runs, Allowed 816 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 84-78

Ballparks: Royals Stadium · Attendance: 2,261,845 (4th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 102, Pitching - 101 · one-year: Batting - 103, Pitching - 103

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1978 / 1980 Roster (40-man)

Team Roster & Games By Position

Name Age B T Ht Wt DoB Yrs G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR WAR Salary
German Barranca 22 L R 6' 0" 160 Oct 19, 1956 1st 5 1 5 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0.2
Steve Braun 31 L R 5' 10" 180 May 8, 1948 9 58 25 58 20 0 0 0 0 2 0 18 0 0 18 11 33 0 0.5
George Brett HOF 26 L R 6' 0" 185 May 15, 1953 7 154 154 154 153 0 0 8 0 149 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 8.6 $140,000 All-Star
Steve Busby 29 R R 6' 2" 205 Sep 29, 1949 7 22 12 0 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.3
Craig Chamberlain 22 R R 6' 1" 190 Feb 2, 1957 1st 10 10 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.3
Gary Christenson 26 L L 6' 5" 200 May 5, 1953 1st 6 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1
Al Cowens 27 R R 6' 1" 197 Oct 25, 1951 6 136 133 136 134 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 134 135 1 3 0 1.5
Todd Cruz 23 R R 6' 0" 175 Nov 23, 1955 2 55 35 55 54 0 0 0 0 9 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.3
Craig Eaton 24 R R 5' 11" 175 Sep 7, 1954 1st 5 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2
Rich Gale 25 R R 6' 7" 225 Jan 19, 1954 2 34 31 0 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.4
Jim Gaudet 24 R R 6' 0" 185 Jun 3, 1955 2 3 1 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.1
Larry Gura 31 B L 6' 0" 170 Nov 26, 1947 10 39 33 0 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 $265,000
Al Hrabosky 29 R L 5' 11" 185 Jul 21, 1949 10 58 0 0 58 58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.5
Clint Hurdle 21 L R 6' 3" 195 Jul 30, 1957 3 59 51 59 51 0 0 0 0 1 0 30 0 20 50 4 7 0 -0.0
Pete LaCock 27 L L 6' 2" 200 Jan 17, 1952 8 132 108 132 108 0 0 108 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 21 0 0.4
Dennis Leonard 28 R R 6' 1" 190 May 18, 1951 6 32 32 0 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 $200,000
Renie Martin 23 R R 6' 4" 190 Aug 30, 1955 1st 25 0 0 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.2
Hal McRae 33 R R 5' 11" 180 Jul 10, 1945 11 101 99 101 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 100 2 0 1.5
Steve Mingori 35 L L 5' 10" 165 Feb 29, 1944 10 30 1 0 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.1
Jim Nettles 32 L L 6' 0" 186 Mar 2, 1947 5 11 6 11 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 1 8 0 3 0 -0.3
Amos Otis 32 R R 5' 11" 165 Apr 26, 1947 12 151 147 151 146 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 146 0 146 4 2 0 3.6
Bill Paschall 25 R R 6' 0" 175 Apr 22, 1954 2 7 0 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.2
Freddie Patek 34 R R 5' 5" 148 Oct 9, 1944 12 106 95 106 104 0 0 0 0 0 104 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 -1.0 $166,667
Marty Pattin 36 R R 5' 11" 180 Apr 6, 1943 12 31 7 0 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.4
Tom Poquette 27 L R 5' 10" 175 Oct 30, 1951 5 21 4 21 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 8 10 0 13 1 -0.3
Darrell Porter 27 L R 6' 0" 193 Jan 17, 1952 9 157 156 157 141 0 141 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1 0 7.6 All-Star
Jamie Quirk 24 L R 6' 4" 190 Oct 22, 1954 5 51 10 51 17 0 9 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 9 33 0 0.7
Dan Quisenberry 26 R R 6' 2" 170 Feb 7, 1953 1st 32 0 0 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.8
Eduardo Rodriguez 27 R R 6' 0" 180 Mar 6, 1952 7 29 1 0 29 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1
George Scott 35 R R 6' 2" 200 Mar 23, 1944 14 44 38 44 41 0 0 41 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 -0.0
Paul Splittorff 32 L L 6' 3" 205 Oct 8, 1946 10 36 35 0 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.8
Jerry Terrell 32 R R 5' 11" 165 Jul 13, 1946 7 31 8 31 26 1 0 0 7 19 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 4 0.3
George Throop 28 R R 6' 7" 205 Nov 24, 1950 4 4 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.2
U.L. Washington 25 B R 5' 11" 175 Oct 27, 1953 3 101 73 101 94 0 0 0 46 1 50 0 0 0 0 3 4 12 0.8
John Wathan 29 R R 6' 2" 205 Oct 4, 1949 4 90 48 90 74 0 23 49 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 10 34 0 -1.3
Frank White 28 R R 5' 11" 165 Sep 4, 1950 7 127 125 127 125 0 0 0 125 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.6 All-Star
Willie Wilson 23 B R 6' 3" 190 Jul 9, 1955 4 154 136 154 152 0 0 0 0 0 0 131 24 5 160 2 0 8 6.3
Joe Zdeb 26 R R 5' 11" 185 Jun 27, 1953 3 15 5 15 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 3 9 0 8 1 0.1
Name Age B T Ht Wt DoB Yrs G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR WAR Salary
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

1978 / 1980 Roster (40-man)