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1998 Kansas City Royals season

1998 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Kansas City, Missouri (since 1969)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) David Glass
    Manager(s) Tony Muser
    Local television KMBC-TV
    KCWB
    Fox Sports Rocky Mountain
    (Paul Splittorff, Bob Davis)
    Local radio WKBZ
    (Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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    The 1998 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 3rd in the American League Central with a record of 72 wins and 89 losses.

    Offseason

    • November 18, 1997: Yamil Benitez was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Kansas City Royals as the 19th pick in the 1997 expansion draft.[1]
    • January 20, 1998: Terry Pendleton was signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.[2]
    • January 20, 1998: Lee Smith signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.[3]
    • March 17, 1998: Ernie Young was purchased by the Kansas City Royals from the Oakland Athletics.[4]

    Regular season

    Before the 1998 regular season began, two new teams—the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays—were added by Major League Baseball. This resulted in the American League and National League having fifteen teams. However, in order for MLB officials to continue primarily intraleague play, both leagues would need to carry a number of teams that was divisible by two, so the decision was made to move one club from the AL Central to the NL Central.

    This realignment was widely considered to have great financial benefit to the club moving. However, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, Commissioner (then club owner) Bud Selig decided another team should have the first chance to switch leagues. The choice was offered to the Kansas City Royals, who ultimately decided to stay in the American League.[5] The choice then fell to the Brewers, who, on November 6, 1997 elected to move to the National League. Had the Brewers elected not to move to the National League, the Minnesota Twins would have been offered the opportunity to switch leagues.[6]

    Season standings

    AL Central W L Pct. GB
    Cleveland Indians 89 73 .549 --
    Chicago White Sox 80 82 .494 9.0
    Kansas City Royals 72 89 .447 16.5
    Minnesota Twins 70 92 .432 19.0
    Detroit Tigers 65 97 .401 24.0


    Roster

    1998 Kansas City Royals
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Starters by position

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; R = Runs; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; Avg. = Batting Average; Slg. = Slugging Average; SB = Stolen Bases

    Pos. Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. Slg. SB
    C Mike Sweeney 92 282 32 73 8 35 .259 .408 2
    1B Jeff King 131 486 83 128 24 93 .263 .451 10
    2B Jose Offerman 158 607 102 191 7 66 .315 .438 45
    3B Dean Palmer 152 572 84 159 34 119 .278 .510 8
    SS Mendy Lopez 74 206 18 50 1 15 .243 .325 5
    LF Jeff Conine 93 309 30 79 8 43 .256 .417 3
    CF Johnny Damon 161 642 104 178 18 66 .277 .439 26
    RF Larry Sutton 111 310 29 76 5 42 .245 .352 3
    DH Hal Morris 127 472 50 146 1 40 .309 .381 1
    [7]

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA
    Relief pitchers
    Player G W L SV ERA SO

    Farm system

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