Royals All-Star Review
Royals All-Star Gil Meche will be looking to help the American League team pick up their 10th straight win over the National League in the 78th Midsummer Classic in San Francisco tonight, 7 p.m. (CT) on FOX.
Did you happen to catch the home run derby last night? How many of you were dreaming of the day when Billy Butler and Alex Gordon will be the stars of that show? All accounts say that day is closer than we think. Meanwhile, here are some Royals All-Star facts to get you ready for tonight…
The Summer of ’69: Catcher Ellie Rodriguez was the club’s first All-Star in 1969. That year, E-Rod batted .236 (63-for-267) with 10 doubles, two homers and 20 RBI in 95 games. It marked his first of only two seasons in a Royals uniform…in 1971 he jumped on with Milwaukee.
All-Star Pitchers: Including Gil Meche, the Royals have had 20 pitchers represent the club at the All-Star game, but only 13 of those pitchers ever taking the mound during the game. Dan Quisenberry and Jeff Montgomery – with three All-Star games each – lead the Royals All-Star pitching staff with the most appearances.
Repeat Performance: No big surprise here, but George Brett is the definite overall leader for repeat All-Star appearances in a Royals uniform. The Hall of Famer went to the Midsummer Classic 13 straight times from 1976-1988. Amos Otis, Mike Sweeney and Frank White are next on the list of Royals to earn multiple All-Star game selections with five each.
DNP for Meche?: The last two Royals pitchers – Mark Redman, 2006, and Mike MacDougal, 2003 – to go to the All-Star game didn’t get to show off their All-Star skills, but, hopefully that streak doesn’t get extended tonight. Meche seems to be more than ready to take the mound for an inning or two.
K.C. Hosts: The Royals have hosted only one All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium and that was way back in 1973 when Buddy Bell was an All-Star third baseman for Cleveland who had a full-head of blonde, blonde hair. With all the renovations and upgrades to take place in the next few years here at The K, sounds like another All-Star Game – which is now really an All-Star Week – will be coming our way again. What year would you like to see the All-Stars back in K.C.?
Royals Report Trivia: Which two former Royals players received the highest number of votes in the American League when voted onto their respective All-Star teams?
Of course, that’s George Brett (3B) in 1981 and Bo Jackson (OF) in 1989. FYI…This trivia question is provided courtesy of the Royals Report email newsletter. If you haven’t checked out the Royals Report, sign up to receive the weekly newsletter here.