4 Greatest Infielders in Royals History

By michael obermuller
Hall of Famer George Brett is the obvious choice, but who else joins him on the list of Royals great infielders?
Hall of Famer George Brett is the obvious choice, but who else joins him on the list of Royals great infielders? / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Kansas City Royals franchise was established in 1969 as a part of the American League West division at the time. Now in the AL Central, the Royals fans have seen two World Series wins and four American League Pennants.

When looking at Kansas City infielders over the years, one name really stands out as a Royals legend, but these four all deserve recognition as franchise greats that manned the diamond.

4. Freddie Patek, SS (1971-79)

Third on the Royals all-time lists for both stolen bases and defensive WAR, Freddie Patek played the game the old way. Based on that style of play, it was no surprise that the shortstop also had the second most sacrifice hits for the franchise. The three-time All-Star won the steals crown in 1977 and is a member of the Royals Hall of Fame.

3. Mike Sweeney, 1B (1995-2007)

A true Royals slugger and part-time DH, Mike Sweeney tops the franchise charts in more hitting categories than defensive ones. Second in KC history in both slugging and on-base plus slugging percentages as well as third in batting average, Sweeney could rake. He has hit the second most homers as a Royal and the fifth most RBI, giving him the fifth best offensive WAR in the franchise (second among infielders). The former Royals captain was a five-time All-Star and is now a member of the KC Hall of Fame.

2. Frank White, 2B (1973-90)

Frank White played his entire career with the Royals, and it was not a short one either. This amounted to the second most games played in franchise history and the top defensive WAR of any player to ever wear the Kansas City jersey. A true all-around talent, White finished second in hits, fourth in RBI, sixth in home runs and fifth in stolen bases. The Royals Hall-of-Famer has had his No. 20 retired for his achievements. White was a five-time All-Star, eight-time Gold Glover, Silver Slugger, ALCS MVP and a World Series Champion in 1985.

1. George Brett, 3B (1973-93)

A career teammate of Frank White, third baseman George Brett is probably the most famous man to ever play for this franchise. The Royals legend dominates the team's all-time leaderboards, ranking first in most offensive categories, including home runs, RBI and runs scored. He holds the second best batting average and the top marks in both offensive WAR and total WAR (88.6). Brett was an All-Star 13 times, a Silver Slugger three times, an AL Batting Champion three times, a Gold Glover once, an ALCS MVP and an American League MVP. His No. 5 is retired with the Royals and he was a huge part of the '85 World Series run. In 1999, Brett was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame with 98.2 percent of the vote on his first ballot.

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