1988 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Ewing Kauffman
General manager(s)John Schuerholz
Manager(s)John Wathan
Local televisionWDAF-TV
(Paul Splittorff, Denny Trease)
Local radioWIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1988 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 84 wins and 77 losses.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 104 58 0.642 54–27 50–31
Minnesota Twins 91 71 0.562 13 47–34 44–37
Kansas City Royals 84 77 0.522 19½ 44–36 40–41
California Angels 75 87 0.463 29 35–46 40–41
Chicago White Sox 71 90 0.441 32½ 40–41 31–49
Texas Rangers 70 91 0.435 33½ 38–43 32–48
Seattle Mariners 68 93 0.422 35½ 37–44 31–49

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 4–9 5–7 4–7 4–9 5–8 0–12 4–9 3–9 3–10 4–8 7–5 6–6 5–8
Boston 9–4 8–4 7–5 8–5 6–7 6–6 10–3 7–5 9–4 3–9 6–6 8–4 2–11
California 7–5 4–8 9–4 8–4 5–7 5–8 3–9 4–9 6–6 4–9 6–7 8–5 6–6
Chicago 7–4 5–7 4–9 3–9 3–9 7–6 6–6 4–9 3–9 5–8 9–4 8–5 7–5
Cleveland 9–4 5–8 4–8 9–3 4–9 6–6 9–4 5–7 6–7 4–8 5–7 6–6 6–7
Detroit 8–5 7–6 7–5 9–3 9–4 8–4 5–8 1–11 8–5 4–8 9–3 8–4 5–8
Kansas City 12–0 6–6 8–5 6–7 6–6 4–8 3–9 7–6 6–6 8–5 7–5 7–6 4–8
Milwaukee 9–4 3–10 9–3 6–6 4–9 8–5 9–3 7–5 6–7 3–9 8–4 8–4 7–6
Minnesota 9–3 5–7 9–4 9–4 7–5 11–1 6–7 5–7 3–9 5–8 8–5 7–6 7–5
New York 10–3 4–9 6–6 9–3 7–6 5–8 6–6 7–6 9–3 6–6 5–7 5–6 6–7
Oakland 8–4 9–3 9–4 8–5 8–4 8–4 5–8 9–3 8–5 6–6 9–4 8–5 9–3
Seattle 5–7 6–6 7–6 4–9 7–5 3–9 5–7 4–8 5–8 7–5 4–9 6–7 5–7
Texas 6–6 4–8 5–8 5–8 6–6 4–8 6–7 4–8 6–7 6–5 5–8 7–6 6–6
Toronto 8–5 11–2 6–6 5–7 7–6 8–5 8–4 6–7 5–7 7–6 3–9 7–5 6–6


Notable transactions

Roster

1988 Kansas City Royals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log

Regular season

1988 regular season game log: 84–77 (Home: 44–36; Away: 40–44)
April: 12–10 (Home: 6–3; Away: 6–7)
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May: 11–17 (Home: 4–12; Away: 7–5)
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June: 17–10 (Home: 9–4; Away: 8–6)
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July: 12–15 (Home: 6–5; Away: 6–10)
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August: 18–10 (Home: 13–5; Away: 5–5)
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September: 16–12 (Home: 6–5; Away: 10–7)
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October: 0–2 (Home: 0–2; Away: 0–0)
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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 Mike Macfarlane 70 211 56 .265 4 26
1B George Brett 157 589 180 .306 24 103
2B Frank White 150 537 126 .235 8 58
SS Kurt Stillwell 128 459 115 .251 10 53
3B Kevin Seitzer 149 559 170 .304 5 60
LF Bo Jackson 124 439 108 .246 25 68
CF Willie Wilson 147 591 155 .262 1 37
RF Danny Tartabull 146 507 139 .274 26 102
DH Bill Buckner 89 242 62 .256 3 34

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
Pat Tabler 89 301 93 .309 1 49
Jim Eisenreich 82 202 44 .218 1 19
Jamie Quirk 84 196 47 .240 8 25
Bill Pecota 90 178 37 .208 1 15
Brad Wellman 71 107 29 .271 1 6
Larry Owen 37 81 17 .210 1 3
Gary Thurman 35 66 11 .167 0 2
Steve Balboni 21 63 9 .143 2 5
Scotti Madison 16 35 6 .171 0 2
Nick Capra 14 29 4 .138 0 0
Luis de los Santos 11 22 2 .091 0 1
Thad Bosley 15 21 4 .190 0 2
Ed Hearn 7 18 4 .222 0 1
Rey Palacios 5 11 1 .091 0 0
Dave Owen 7 5 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
Mark Gubicza 35 269.2 20 8 2.70 183
Bret Saberhagen 35 260.2 14 16 3.80 171
Charlie Leibrandt 35 243.0 13 12 3.19 125
Floyd Bannister 31 189.1 12 13 4.33 113

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
Ted Power 22 80.1 5 6 5.94 44
Rick Anderson 7 34.0 2 1 4.24 9
Luis Aquino 7 29.0 1 0 2.79 11
Tom Gordon 5 15.2 0 2 5.17 18
José DeJesús 2 2.2 0 1 27.00 2

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
Steve Farr 62 5 4 20 2.50 72
Jeff Montgomery 45 7 2 1 3.45 47
Jerry Don Gleaton 42 0 4 3 3.55 29
Gene Garber 26 0 4 6 3.58 20
Dan Quisenberry 20 0 1 1 3.55 9
Israel Sánchez 19 3 2 1 4.54 14
Bud Black 17 2 1 0 4.91 19
Mark Lee 4 0 0 0 3.60 0

Awards and records

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Glenn Ezell
AA Memphis Chicks Southern League Sal Rende
A Baseball City Royals Florida State League Luis Silverio
A Appleton Foxes Midwest League Brian Poldberg
A-Short Season Eugene Emeralds Northwest League P. K. Kirsch
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League Carlos Tosca

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References

  1. ^ Mélido Pérez at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ SI.com – Statitudes – Statitudes: Opening Day 2002, By the Numbers – Sunday March 30, 2003 01:50 AM
  3. ^ Bill Buckner at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Steve Balboni at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Bob Hamelin at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Kerwin Moore at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Bud Black at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Mark Lee at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ a b Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.95, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997