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The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time 

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List Rules Please only rank the players based on their time with the Royals

This is a list of the greatest Kansas City Royals ever. The 1970s and 1980s were some of the best years in the history of the Kansas City Royals. Established in 1969, the Royals quickly became a powerhouse, making the playoffs in seven of ten seasons between 1976 and 1985. The Royals played in two World Series and won their only championship in a 7-game triumphant over interstate rivals the St. Louis Cardinals. Those teams featured some of the greatest Royals of all time . 

George Brett is the only player to represent the Kansas City Royals in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Spending 21 years manning third base, Brett is in an elite group of players to accumulate 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and a career .300 batting average. The other players in this group are Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Stan Musial, all of whom are considered the greatest players in baseball history. To date, Brett is the only player in MLB history to win a batting title in three different decades.

Traditionally, the Royals have had outstanding pitching. Bret Saberhagen, David Cone, Mark Gubicza, and Dan Quisenberry are among the best pitchers who have played for the Royals. Saberhagen won the American League Cy Young in 1985 and 1989.

This is the list of the greatest Kansas City Royals of All Time. If you believe that someone is missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote and rerank who you think should be considered the greatest Kansas City Royals of All Time 

 
list ordered by
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George Brett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman, Third baseman
2
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder
3
Bret Saberhagen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Pitcher
4
Frank White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Second baseman
5
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
6
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder
7
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
slaft added Catcher
8
Alex Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Left fielder, Third baseman
9
Eric Hosmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
mkeith.peel added First baseman
10
Lorenzo Cain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
mkeith.peel added Lorenzo Cain Center fielder
11
Hal McRae is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder
12
Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Pitcher
13
Amos Otis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
14
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder
15
Mike Moustakas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Infielder
16
Mike Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman
17
Kevin Appier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Pitcher
18
Jeff Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Pitcher
19
David Cone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher
20
Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added Pitcher
21
John Mayberry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder
22
Paul Splittorff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Pitcher
23
Greg Holland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
mkeith.peel added Pitcher
24
Dennis Leonard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Pitcher
25
Mark Gubicza is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals of All Time
Pitcher