Dayton Moore Will Be Stopping By
Around the Horn in KC is excited to announce that Dayton Moore will be stopping by for a Q&A session with our readers. Anyone can participate, by emailing your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dayton will answer the most requested topics and we will post his answers here on the site. If you can sign your emails with your name and city, that would be great!
Also, we probably won’t be able to do this on a regular basis, but I wanted to give you a look at tonight’s lineup since Joey Gathright has arrived and will be batting ninth and playing center field tonight.
1) Jose Bautista, CF, 2) Jack Wilson, SS, 3) Sean Casey, 1B, 4) Jason Bay, LF, 5) Jeromy Burnitz, RF, 6) Freddy Sanchez, 3B, 7) Joe Randa, DH, 8) Jose Castillo, 2B, 9) Ronny Paulino, C
Pitching – Ian Snell (7-4, 4.71)
1) David DeJesus, LF, 2) Mark Grudzielanek, 2B, 3) Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B, 4) Emil Brown, RF, 5) Matt Stairs, DH, 6) Mark Teahen, 3B, 7) Angel Berroa, SS, 8) Paul Bako, C, 9) Joey Gathright, CF
Pitching – Mike Wood (3-2, 4.69)
It’s probably also worth noting that changing center fielders has not been a common occurance in KC history. In fact, the Royals prestigious tradition in center field is nearly unmatched in baseball. Here’s a list of the top players in games played at centerfield. After just over a year, David DeJesus already ranks 7th on the list. (By the way, the years, listed are the years they led the club in games in CF).
Games Played in Center Field (CORRECTED)
- Amos Otis (1970-83), 1,793
- Willie Wilson (1984-89), 1,114
- Carlos Beltran (1999-2003), 751
- Brian McRae (1991-94), 606
- Johnny Damon (1996, 98), 405
- Tom Goodwin (1995, 97), 272
- David DeJesus (2004-06), 240
- Bo Jackson (1990), 88
- Bob Oliver (1969), 48
NOTE: Thanks for the great comments on this chart! A couple of our loyal readers mentioned that the original list was wrong for Amos Otis. For some reason, the original information from Stats, Inc. left off A.O.’s first 2 seasons, which accounted for 303 games in center field. For those wondering, Otis played 12 games in left and 42 in right during his career in KC, while Wilson played 635 in left and 9 in right.