1984 Kansas City Royals
1984 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Ewing Kauffman
General manager(s)John Schuerholz
Manager(s)Dick Howser
Local televisionWDAF-TV
(Denny Matthews, Denny Trease, Fred White)
Sports Time
(Phil Stone, Dwayne Mosley)
Local radioWIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1984 Kansas City Royals season was their 16th in Major League Baseball. The Royals won the American League West with a record of 84-78, but lost to the eventual World Series champion Detroit Tigers 3-0 in the 1984 American League Championship Series. Dan Quisenberry's 44 saves paced the American League.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 84 78 0.519 44–37 40–41
California Angels 81 81 0.500 3 37–44 44–37
Minnesota Twins 81 81 0.500 3 47–34 34–47
Oakland Athletics 77 85 0.475 7 44–37 33–48
Chicago White Sox 74 88 0.457 10 43–38 31–50
Seattle Mariners 74 88 0.457 10 42–39 32–49
Texas Rangers 69 92 0.429 14½ 34–46 35–46

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

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Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 6–7 8–4 7–5 7–6 7–6 5–7 7–6 5–7 5–8 6–6 9–3 9–3 4–9
Boston 7–6 9–3 7–5 10–3 7–6 3–9 9–4 6–6 7–6 7–5 4–8 5–7 5–8
California 4–8 3–9 8–5 8–4 4–8 6–7 8–4 4–9 8–4 7–6 9–4 5–8 7–5
Chicago 5–7 5–7 5–8 8–4 4–8 5–8 7–5 8–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 5–8 4–8
Cleveland 6–7 3–10 4–8 4–8 4–9 6–6 9–4 7–5 2–11 7–5 8–4 9–3 6–7–1
Detroit 6–7 6–7 8–4 8–4 9–4 7–5 11–2 9–3 7–6 9–3 6–6 10–2 8–5
Kansas City 7–5 9–3 7–6 8–5 6–6 5–7 6–6 6–7 5–7 5–8 9–4 6–7 5–7
Milwaukee 6–7 4–9 4–8 5–7 4–9 2–11 6–6 5–7 6–7 4–8 6–6 5–6 10–3
Minnesota 7–5 6–6 9–4 5–8 5–7 3–9 7–6 7–5 8–4 8–5 7–6 8–5 1–11
New York 8–5 6–7 4–8 5–7 11–2 6–7 7–5 7–6 4–8 8–4 7–5 6–6 8–5
Oakland 6–6 5–7 6–7 7–6 5–7 3–9 8–5 8–4 5–8 4–8 8–5 8–5 4–8
Seattle 3–9 8–4 4–9 8–5 4–8 6–6 4–9 6–6 6–7 5–7 5–8 10–3 5–7
Texas 3–9 7–5 8–5 8–5 3–9 2–10 7–6 6–5 5–8 6–6 5–8 3–10 6–6
Toronto 9–4 8–5 5–7 8–4 7–6–1 5–8 7–5 3–10 11–1 5–8 8–4 7–5 6–6


Notable transactions

Roster

1984 Kansas City Royals roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

Regular season

1984 regular season game log: 84–78 (Home: 44–37; Away: 40–41)
April: 8–11 (Home: 5–7; Away: 3–4)
# Date Time (CT) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
Streak
April 17 @ Tigers Postponed (Rain) (Makeup date: April 19)
11 April 18 @ Tigers 3–4 (10) Hernandez Beckwith 12,310 5–6 L3
12 April 19 @ Tigers 5–2 Saberhagen Petry Quisenberry 12,100 6–6 W1
May: 12–15 (Home: 6–6; Away: 6–9)
# Date Time (CT) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
Streak
25 May 7 Tigers 3–10 Berenguer Gubicza Bair 19,474 9–16 L5
26 May 8 Tigers 2–5 Morris Black 14,304 9–17 L6
27 May 9 Tigers 1–3 Petry Jackson Lopez 15,709 9–18 L7
June: 13–14 (Home: 6–9; Away: 7–5)
# Date Time (CT) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
Streak
July: 17–15 (Home: 9–4; Away: 8–11)
# Date Time (CT) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
Streak
55th All-Star Game in San Francisco, CA
August: 17–12 (Home: 8–8; Away: 9–4)
# Date Time (CT) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
Streak
107 August 3 @ Tigers 9–6 Saberhagen Wilcox Quisenberry 39,480 51–56 W1
108 August 4 @ Tigers 9–5 Beckwith Bair 41,714 52–56 W2
109 August 5 @ Tigers 5–4 Saberhagen Hernandez Quisenberry N/A 53–56 W3
110 August 5 @ Tigers 4–0 Leibrandt Berenguer 42,761 54–56 W4
114 August 10 Tigers 4–5 Lopez Beckwith Hernandez 32,181 56–58 L1
115 August 11 Tigers 5–9 Morris Leibrandt Lopez 40,501 56–59 L2
116 August 12 Tigers 4–8 Wilcox Saberhagen 32,753 56–60 L3
September: 17–11 (Home: 10–3; Away: 7–8)
# Date Time (CT) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Record Box/
Streak
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Royals team member

Postseason Game log

1984 Postseason game log: 0–3 (Home: 0–2; Away: 0–1)
AL Championship Series: vs. Detroit Tigers 0–3 (Home: 0–2; Away: 0–1)
# Date Time (CT) Opponent Score Win Loss Save Time of Game Attendance Series Box/
Streak
1 October 2 Tigers 1–8 Morris (1–0) Black (0–1) 41,973 0–1 L1
2 October 3 Tigers 3–5 (11) López (1–0) Quisenberry (0–1) 42,019 0–2 L2
3 October 5 @ Tigers 0–1 Wilcox (1–0) Leibrandt (0–1) Hernández (1) 52,168 0–3 L3
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Royals team member

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Don Slaught 124 409 108 .264 4 42
1B Steve Balboni 126 438 107 .244 28 77
2B Frank White 129 479 130 .271 17 56
SS Onix Concepcion 90 287 81 .282 1 23
3B George Brett 104 377 107 .284 13 69
LF Darryl Motley 146 522 148 .284 15 70
CF Willie Wilson 128 541 163 .301 2 44
RF Pat Sheridan 138 481 136 .283 8 53
DH Hal McRae 106 317 96 .303 3 42

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jorge Orta 122 403 120 .298 9 50
Greg Pryor 123 270 71 .263 4 25
Dane Iorg 78 235 60 .255 5 30
John Wathan 97 171 31 .181 2 10
UL Washington 63 170 38 .224 1 10
Buddy Biancalana 66 134 26 .194 2 9
Butch Davis 41 116 17 .147 2 12
Lynn Jones 47 103 31 .301 1 10
Leon Roberts 28 45 10 .222 0 3
Tucker Ashford 9 13 2 .154 0 0
Orlando Sánchez 10 10 1 .100 0 2
Bucky Dent 11 9 3 .333 0 1
Dave Leeper 4 6 0 .000 0 0
Luis Pujols 4 5 1 .200 0 1
Jim Scranton 2 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bud Black 35 257.0 17 12 3.12 140
Mark Gubicza 29 189.0 10 14 4.05 111
Larry Gura 31 168.2 12 9 5.18 68
Charlie Leibrandt 23 143.2 11 7 3.63 53

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bret Saberhagen 38 157.2 10 11 3.48 73
Mike Jones 23 81.0 2 3 4.89 43
Danny Jackson 15 76.0 2 6 4.26 40
Paul Splittorff 12 28.0 1 3 7.71 4
Frank Wills 10 37.0 2 3 5.11 21

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Dan Quisenberry 72 6 3 44 2.64 41
Joe Beckwith 49 8 4 2 3.40 75
Mark Huismann 13 2 1 0 5.58 20

ALCS

Main article: 1984 American League Championship Series

Game 1

October 2, Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 8 14 0
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
W: Jack Morris (1-0)  L: Bud Black (0-1)  
HRs: DETLarry Herndon (1)  Alan Trammell (1)  Lance Parrish (1)

Game 2

October 3, Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Detroit 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 8 1
Kansas City 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 10 3
W: Aurelio López (1-0)  L: Dan Quisenberry (0-1)  
HRs: DETKirk Gibson (1)

Game 3

October 5, Tiger Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Detroit 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 3 0
W: Milt Wilcox (1-0)  L: Charlie Leibrandt (0-1)  S:Willie Hernández (1)
HRs: None

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Gene Lamont
AA Memphis Chicks Southern League Rick Mathews
A Fort Myers Royals Florida State League Tommy Jones
A Charleston Royals South Atlantic League Duane Gustavson
A-Short Season Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Dave Roberts

References

  1. ^ Eric Rasmussen at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Steve Balboni at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ "Joe Beckwith Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  4. ^ http: Steve Carter was//www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cartest01.shtml
  5. ^ Alan Hargesheimer at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ "Baseball Almanac - Box Score of 500th Home Run by Reggie Jackson". www.baseball-almanac.com.
  7. ^ Dane Iorg at Baseball-Reference

Bibliography