1987 Kansas City Royals
LeagueAmerican League
DivisionWest
BallparkRoyals Stadium
CityKansas City, Missouri
OwnersEwing Kauffman
General managersJohn Schuerholz
ManagersBilly Gardner, John Wathan
TelevisionWDAF-TV
(Denny Matthews, Denny Trease, Fred White)
RadioWIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
← 1986 Seasons 1988 →

The 1987 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing second in the American League West with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 85 77 0.525 56–25 29–52
Kansas City Royals 83 79 0.512 2 46–35 37–44
Oakland Athletics 81 81 0.500 4 42–39 39–42
Seattle Mariners 78 84 0.481 7 40–41 38–43
Chicago White Sox 77 85 0.475 8 38–43 39–42
Texas Rangers 75 87 0.463 10 43–38 32–49
California Angels 75 87 0.463 10 38–43 37–44

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 1–12 9–3 8–4 7–6 4–9 9–3 2–11 5–7 3–10 7–5 4–8 7–5 1–12
Boston 12–1 4–8 3–9 7–6 2–11 6–6 6–7 7–5 7–6 4–8 7–5 7–5 6–7
California 3–9 8–4 8–5 7–5 3–9 5–8 7–5 8–5 3–9 6–7 7–6 5–8 5–7
Chicago 4–8 9–3 5–8 7–5 3–9 6–7 6–6 6–7 5–7 9–4 6–7 7–6 4–8
Cleveland 6–7 6–7 5–7 5–7 4–9 6–6 4–9 3–9 6–7 4–8 5–7 2–10 5–8
Detroit 9–4 11–2 9–3 9–3 9–4 5–7 6–7 8–4 5–8 5–7 7–5 8–4 7–6
Kansas City 3–9 6–6 8–5 7–6 6–6 7–5 4–8 8–5 5–7 5–8 9–4 7–6 8–4
Milwaukee 11–2 7–6 5–7 6–6 9–4 7–6 8–4 3–9 7–6 6–6 4–8 9–3 9–4
Minnesota 7–5 5–7 5–8 7–6 9–3 4–8 5–8 9–3 6–6 10–3 9–4 6–7 3–9
New York 10–3 6–7 9–3 7–5 7–6 8–5 7–5 6–7 6–6 5–7 7–5 5–7 6–7
Oakland 5–7 8–4 7–6 4–9 8–4 7–5 8–5 6–6 3–10 7–5 5–8 6–7 7–5
Seattle 8–4 5–7 6–7 7–6 7–5 5–7 4–9 8–4 4–9 5–7 8–5 9–4 2–10
Texas 5–7 5–7 8–5 6–7 10–2 4–8 6–7 3–9 7–6 7–5 7–6 4–9 3–9
Toronto 12–1 7–6 7–5 8–4 8–5 6–7 4–8 4–9 9–3 7–6 5–7 10–2 9–3


Notable transactions

Notable events

Roster

1987 Kansas City Royals roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

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 Jamie Quirk 109 296 70 .236 5 33
1B George Brett 115 427 124 .290 22 78
2B Frank White 154 563 138 .245 17 78
3B Kevin Seitzer 161 641 207 .323 15 83
SS Ángel Salazar 116 317 65 .205 2 21
LF Bo Jackson 116 396 93 .235 22 53
CF Willie Wilson 146 610 170 .279 4 30
RF Danny Tartabull 158 582 180 .309 34 101
DH Steve Balboni 121 386 80 .207 24 60

Other batters

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Juan Beníquez 57 174 41 .236 3 26
Lonnie Smith 48 167 42 .251 3 8
Larry Owen 76 164 31 .189 5 14
Bill Pecota 66 156 43 .276 3 14
Thad Bosley 80 140 39 .279 1 16
Ross Jones 39 114 29 .254 0 10
Jim Eisenreich 44 105 25 .238 4 21
Gary Thurman 27 81 24 .296 0 5
Jorge Orta 21 50 9 .180 2 4
Buddy Biancalana 37 47 10 .213 1 7
Hal McRae 18 32 10 .313 1 9
Mike MacFarlane 8 19 4 .211 0 3
Ed Hearn 6 17 5 .294 0 3
Scotti Madison 7 15 4 .267 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
Bret Saberhagen 33 257.0 18 10 3.36 163
Mark Gubicza 35 241.2 13 18 3.98 166
Charlie Leibrandt 35 240.1 16 11 3.41 151
Danny Jackson 36 224.0 9 18 4.02 152
Mélido Pérez 3 10.1 1 1 7.84 5

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
Bud Black 29 122.1 8 6 3.60 61
Rick Anderson 6 13.0 0 2 13.85 12

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 47 4 1 8 2.76 17
Jerry Don Gleaton 48 4 4 5 4.26 44
Steve Farr 47 4 3 1 4.15 88
John Davis 27 5 2 2 2.27 24
Bob Stoddard 17 1 3 1 4.28 23
Gene Garber 13 0 0 8 2.51
Dave Gumpert 8 0 0 0 6.05 13
Bob Shirley 3 0 0 0 14.73 1

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association John Wathan and Frank Funk
AA Memphis Chicks Southern League Bob Schaefer
A Fort Myers Royals Florida State League Jerry Terrell
A Appleton Foxes Midwest League Ken Berry
A-Short Season Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Rick Mathews
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League Luis Silverio

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References

  1. ^ Danny Tartabull at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Alan Hargesheimer at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ "Derek Botelho Stats".
  4. ^ David Cone at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Jim Sundberg at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Larry Owen at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Bret Barberie at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997