1996 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)David Glass
General manager(s)Herk Robinson
Manager(s)Bob Boone
Local televisionKSMO-TV
(Paul Splittorff, Steve Busby)
Local radioWIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White, John Wathan, Paul Splittorff)
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The 1996 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 5th in the American League Central with a record of 75 wins and 86 losses.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cleveland Indians 99 62 0.615 51–29 48–33
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 14½ 44–37 41–40
Milwaukee Brewers 80 82 0.494 19½ 38–43 42–39
Minnesota Twins 78 84 0.481 21½ 39–43 39–41
Kansas City Royals 75 86 0.466 24 37–43 38–43

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


Game log

1996 Game Log: 75–86 (Home: 37–43; Away: 38–43)
April: 9–18 (Home: 4–10; Away: 5–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 2 @ Orioles 2–4 Mussina Appier (0–1) Myers 46,818 0–1
2 April 3 @ Orioles 1–7 Wells Gubicza (0–1) 40,068 0–2
3 April 4 @ Orioles 3–5 Rhodes Pichardo (0–1) Myers 38,753 0–3
4 April 5 Red Sox 5–4 (12) Clark (1–0) Pennington 39,526 1–3
5 April 6 Red Sox 7–3 Pichardo (1–1) Belinda 17,339 2–3
6 April 7 Red Sox 1–3 Moyer Gubicza (0–2) Slocumb 13,183 2–4
7 April 9 @ Yankees 3–7 Pettitte Haney (0–1) 56,329 2–5
8 April 11 @ Yankees 3–5 Key Belcher (0–1) Howe 17,519 2–6
9 April 12 @ Brewers 4–1 Appier (1–1) Bones Montgomery (1) 7,113 3–6
10 April 13 @ Brewers 3–2 Gubicza (1–2) Sparks Montgomery (2) 9,224 4–6
11 April 14 @ Brewers 2–5 McDonald Haney (0–2) Miranda 19,131 4–7
12 April 15 White Sox 10–11 Karchner Pichardo (1–2) Hernandez 12,653 4–8
13 April 16 White Sox 6–5 Belcher (1–1) Bere Montgomery (3) 12,399 5–8
14 April 17 White Sox 1–3 Fernandez Appier (1–2) Hernandez 13,350 5–9
15 April 18 Brewers 2–8 Sparks Gubicza (1–3) 13,153 5–10
16 April 19 Brewers 2–8 McDonald Haney (0–3) 15,321 5–11
17 April 20 Brewers 4–12 Miranda Jacome (0–1) 17,220 5–12
18 April 21 Brewers 4–5 Wickander Pichardo (1–3) Fetters 14,666 5–13
19 April 22 Yankees 2–6 Cone Appier (1–3) 14,763 5–14
20 April 23 Yankees 5–2 Gubicza (2–3) Key Montgomery (4) 12,536 6–14
21 April 24 Orioles 8–11 Mercker Haney (0–4) 13,962 6–15
22 April 25 Orioles 2–3 Rhodes Valera (0–1) Myers 16,090 6–16
23 April 26 @ Red Sox 4–3 Belcher (2–1) Clemens Montgomery (5) 22,385 7–16
24 April 27 @ Red Sox 10–0 Appier (2–3) Sele 29,459 8–16
25 April 28 @ Red Sox 9–7 Robinson (1–0) Slocumb Montgomery (6) 32,491 9–16
26 April 29 @ Twins 6–11 Hansell Clark (1–1) Bennett 10,237 9–17
27 April 30 @ Twins 7–16 Naulty Magnante (0–1) 10,503 9–18
May: 15–12 (Home: 7–6; Away: 8–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
28 May 1 @ Twins 5–6 (10) Stevens Montgomery (0–1) 11,975 9–19
29 May 3 Athletics 3–1 Appier (3–3) Reyes Montgomery (7) 14,452 10–19
30 May 4 Athletics 2–5 Wojciechowski Gubicza (2–4) Groom 15,987 10–20
31 May 5 Athletics 2–0 Haney (1–4) Prieto 16,589 11–20
32 May 6 @ Angels 9–4 Belcher (3–1) Leftwich Pichardo (1) 14,447 12–20
33 May 7 @ Angels 5–3 Valera (1–1) Abbott Montgomery (8) 14,657 13–20
34 May 8 @ Angels 3–1 (14) Pichardo (2–3) Eichhorn 16,210 14–20
35 May 9 @ Angels 8–2 Gubicza (3–4) Grimsley 15,302 15–20
36 May 10 @ Mariners 14–10 Valera (2–1) Davis 24,231 16–20
37 May 11 @ Mariners 1–11 Wolcott Belcher (3–2) Carmona 43,297 16–21
38 May 12 @ Mariners 5–8 Johnson Linton (0–1) Charlton 27,470 16–22
39 May 13 @ Rangers 6–7 Cook Montgomery (0–2) Henneman 22,981 16–23
40 May 14 @ Rangers 0–10 Hill Gubicza (3–5) 28,999 16–24
41 May 15 @ Rangers 3–1 Haney (2–4) Pavlik Montgomery (9) 26,881 17–24
42 May 17 Blue Jays 4–2 Belcher (4–2) Guzman Montgomery (10) 20,079 18–24
43 May 18 Blue Jays 2–6 Viola Appier (3–4) 18,116 18–25
44 May 19 Blue Jays 2–3 Hanson Gubicza (3–6) Timlin 15,039 18–26
45 May 20 Blue Jays 5–4 Haney (3–4) Hentgen Montgomery (11) 14,303 19–26
46 May 21 @ Tigers 7–1 Linton (1–1) Williams Valera (1) 24,372 20–26
47 May 22 @ Tigers 6–4 Belcher (5–2) Farrell Montgomery (12) 12,890 21–26
48 May 23 Rangers 4–2 Appier (4–4) Oliver Montgomery (13) 15,612 22–26
49 May 24 Rangers 8–0 Gubicza (4–6) Witt 13,696 23–26
50 May 25 Rangers 1–2 Helling Haney (3–5) Henneman 23,668 23–27
51 May 26 Rangers 4–6 Hill Linton (1–2) Henneman 22,665 23–28
52 May 27 Tigers 5–4 (13) Montgomery (1–2) Veres 19,776 24–28
53 May 29 Tigers 4–5 Gohr Appier (4–5) Walker 13,712 24–29
54 May 31 @ Blue Jays 2–4 Hentgen Gubicza (4–7) Timlin 33,194 24–30
June: 10–17 (Home: 6–10; Away: 4–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
55 June 1 @ Blue Jays 3–5 (10) Crabtree Montgomery (1–3) 31,107 24–31
56 June 2 @ Blue Jays 7–5 Belcher (6–2) Janzen Montgomery (14) 32,253 25–31
57 June 3 @ Athletics 1–2 Wasdin Appier (4–6) Taylor 6,465 25–32
58 June 4 @ Athletics 3–8 Wengert Gubicza (4–8) 11,524 25–33
59 June 5 @ Athletics 5–2 Haney (4–5) Johns Montgomery (15) 8,113 26–33
60 June 7 Mariners 9–5 Valera (3–1) Wolcott 20,891 27–33
61 June 8 Mariners 12–8 Appier (5–6) Milacki Montgomery (16) 30,022 28–33
62 June 9 Mariners 2–3 Hitchcock Gubicza (4–9) Charlton 20,489 28–34
63 June 10 Angels 5–7 (10) McElroy Pugh (0–1) Percival 15,691 28–35
64 June 11 Angels 9–11 McElroy Valera (3–2) Percival 16,687 28–36
65 June 12 Angels 3–4 (10) McElroy Montgomery (1–4) Percival 15,428 28–37
66 June 13 Orioles 10–2 Linton (2–2) Mercker 20,108 29–37
67 June 14 Orioles 1–6 Mussina Gubicza (4–10) 28,502 29–38
68 June 15 Orioles 7–6 (16) Magnante (1–1) Krivda 24,784 30–38
69 June 16 Orioles 5–13 Coppinger Jacome (0–2) Mills 19,437 30–39
70 June 17 @ Brewers 4–9 Burrows Appier (5–7) 9,315 30–40
71 June 18 @ Brewers 1–9 Karl Linton (2–3) Potts 9,116 30–41
72 June 19 @ Brewers 8–4 (10) Pichardo (3–3) Mercedes 13,431 31–41
73 June 21 @ Orioles 3–9 Rhodes Haney (4–6) 47,644 31–42
74 June 22 @ Orioles 3–5 Erickson Montgomery (1–5) 47,534 31–43
75 June 23 @ Orioles 4–0 Appier (6–7) Krivda 47,608 32–43
76 June 25 Brewers 3–5 Bones Gubicza (4–11) Fetters 14,448 32–44
77 June 26 Brewers 7–3 Haney (5–6) Givens 14,560 33–44
78 June 27 Brewers 2–6 McDonald Belcher (6–3) 17,670 33–45
79 June 28 Twins 6–2 Appier (7–7) Radke 21,515 34–45
80 June 29 Twins 7–12 Trombley Linton (2–4) 23,232 34–46
81 June 30 Twins 2–5 Rodriguez Gubicza (4–12) Stevens 28,246 34–47
July: 14–13 (Home: 4–5; Away: 10–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
82 July 1 @ Indians 4–2 Haney (6–6) Nagy 40,814 35–47
83 July 2 @ Indians 2–3 Poole Belcher (6–4) 42,283 35–48
84 July 3 @ Indians 4–6 Tavarez Magnante (1–2) Shuey 42,470 35–49
85 July 4 @ Twins 5–3 Linton (3–4) Robertson Montgomery (17) 37,295 36–49
86 July 5 @ Twins 8–9 Guardado Montgomery (1–6) 18,465 36–50
87 July 6 @ Twins 8–5 Haney (7–6) Aguilera Montgomery (18) 18,699 37–50
88 July 7 @ Twins 8–2 Belcher (7–4) Aldred 14,251 38–50
89 July 11 White Sox 3–2 Haney (8–6) Alvarez 22,928 39–50
90 July 12 White Sox 6–7 Tapani Belcher (7–5) Hernandez 18,458 39–51
91 July 13 White Sox 1–3 Fernandez Rosado (0–1) 25,363 39–52
92 July 14 White Sox 2–3 Baldwin Linton (3–5) Hernandez 17,024 39–53
93 July 15 Indians 6–3 Magnante (2–2) Tavarez Montgomery (19) 22,294 40–53
94 July 16 Indians 4–10 McDowell Haney (8–7) 16,871 40–54
95 July 17 Indians 3–2 Belcher (8–5) Hershiser Montgomery (20) 19,532 41–54
96 July 18 @ White Sox 7–1 Appier (8–7) Fernandez Pichardo (2) 17,657 42–54
97 July 19 @ White Sox 7–4 (10) Montgomery (2–6) Hernandez 19,604 43–54
98 July 20 @ White Sox 7–5 Linton (4–5) Keyser Montgomery (21) 32,282 44–54
99 July 21 @ White Sox 3–6 Alvarez Haney (8–8) Hernandez 21,253 44–55
100 July 22 @ Red Sox 5–2 Belcher (9–5) Gordon 28,109 45–55
101 July 23 @ Red Sox 7–5 Appier (9–7) Sele 23,711 46–55
102 July 24 @ Red Sox 2–12 Moyer Linton (4–6) 33,381 46–56
103 July 25 @ Yankees 7–0 Rosado (1–1) Hutton 23,475 47–56
104 July 26 @ Yankees 1–15 Key Haney (8–9) 23,782 47–57
105 July 27 @ Yankees 4–5 Rogers Belcher (9–6) Wetteland 42,044 47–58
106 July 28 @ Yankees 2–3 Wetteland Jacome (0–3) 35,658 47–59
107 July 30 Red Sox 7–0 Rosado (2–1) Eshelman 17,166 48–59
108 July 31 Red Sox 3–5 Wakefield Haney (8–10) Slocumb 17,527 48–60
August: 14–15 (Home: 8–9; Away: 6–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
109 August 1 Red Sox 9–4 Belcher (10–6) Clemens 18,934 49–60
110 August 2 Yankees 4–3 (10) Montgomery (3–6) Rivera 28,618 50–60
111 August 3 Yankees 11–4 Linton (5–6) Weathers 29,355 51–60
112 August 4 Yankees 3–5 Pettitte Rosado (2–2) 24,624 51–61
113 August 5 Yankees 2–5 Key Pichardo (3–4) Wetteland 22,865 51–62
114 August 6 Athletics 9–2 Belcher (11–6) Wasdin 14,028 52–62
115 August 7 Athletics 7–0 Appier (10–7) Prieto 15,517 53–62
116 August 8 Athletics 1–2 Wengert Linton (5–7) Taylor 19,197 53–63
117 August 9 @ Angels 5–3 Rosado (3–2) Langston Montgomery (22) 35,977 54–63
118 August 10 @ Angels 18–3 Haney (9–10) Abbott 21,657 55–63
119 August 11 @ Angels 5–6 Springer Belcher (11–7) 18,591 55–64
120 August 12 @ Mariners 10–4 Appier (11–7) Moyer Huisman (1) 43,476 56–64
121 August 13 @ Mariners 5–9 Mulholland Linton (5–8) Johnson 21,961 56–65
122 August 14 @ Mariners 3–1 Rosado (4–2) Wolcott Montgomery (23) 23,709 57–65
123 August 16 @ Rangers 3–5 Burkett Haney (9–11) Henneman 32,053 57–66
124 August 17 @ Rangers 4–1 Belcher (12–7) Hill 41,855 58–66
125 August 18 @ Rangers 3–10 Gross Appier (11–8) 30,480 58–67
126 August 19 Blue Jays 1–2 Spoljaric Rosado (4–3) Timlin 16,862 58–68
127 August 20 Blue Jays 5–6 (14) Timlin Huisman (0–1) 14,568 58–69
128 August 21 Blue Jays 2–6 Guzman Haney (9–12) 12,238 58–70
129 August 22 Tigers 3–10 Thompson Belcher (12–8) 14,699 58–71
130 August 23 Tigers 2–3 Sager Appier (11–9) Olson 15,603 58–72
131 August 24 Tigers 9–2 Rosado (5–3) Olivares 28,011 59–72
132 August 25 Tigers 4–7 Van Poppel Linton (5–9) Myers 15,123 59–73
133 August 27 Rangers 4–3 (10) Montgomery (4–6) Russell 12,907 60–73
134 August 28 Rangers 4–3 (12) Huisman (1–1) Gross 12,695 61–73
135 August 29 @ Tigers 1–4 Eischen Appier (11–10) Lima 7,882 61–74
136 August 30 @ Tigers 0–4 Van Poppel Rosado (5–4) 16,498 61–75
137 August 31 @ Tigers 3–1 Linton (6–9) Lira Montgomery (24) 16,270 62–75
September: 13–11 (Home: 8–3; Away: 5–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
138 September 1 @ Tigers 3–2 (13) Huisman (2–1) Myers Jacome (1) 17,647 63–75
139 September 2 @ Blue Jays 2–0 Belcher (13–8) Hanson 28,177 64–75
140 September 3 @ Blue Jays 5–2 Appier (12–10) Hentgen 25,729 65–75
141 September 4 @ Blue Jays 0–6 Williams Rosado (5–5) 25,827 65–76
142 September 6 @ Athletics 1–7 Adams Haney (9–13) 14,404 65–77
143 September 7 @ Athletics 6–13 Prieto Belcher (13–9) 13,175 65–78
144 September 8 @ Athletics 7–8 (10) Corsi Pichardo (3–5) 17,208 65–79
145 September 10 Mariners 4–2 Rosado (6–5) Torres Bluma (1) 12,499 66–79
146 September 11 Mariners 4–2 Linton (7–9) Moyer Bluma (2) 13,078 67–79
147 September 12 Mariners 5–8 Mulholland Haney (9–14) Charlton 15,045 67–80
148 September 13 Angels 8–2 Belcher (14–9) Abbott 13,083 68–80
149 September 14 Angels 8–5 Appier (13–10) Dickson 17,174 69–80
150 September 16 Twins 6–5 Rosado (7–5) Radke Bluma (3) 16,843 70–80
151 September 17 Twins 4–2 Haney (10–14) Aldred Bluma (4) 11,809 71–80
152 September 18 Twins 4–7 Miller Belcher (14–10) 11,588 71–81
153 September 19 @ Indians 1–9 Ogea Appier (13–11) 42,297 71–82
154 September 20 @ Indians 6–4 Bevil (1–0) Nagy Bluma (5) 42,358 72–82
155 September 21 @ Indians 4–13 Hershiser Rosado (7–6) 42,339 72–83
156 September 22 @ Indians 5–6 McDowell Jacome (0–4) Mesa 42,291 72–84
157 September 24 @ White Sox 2–3 Castillo Belcher (14–11) 14,348 72–85
158 September 25 @ White Sox 8–2 Appier (14–11) Tapani 15,911 73–85
159 September 27 Indians 11–6 Rosado (8–6) Hershiser 15,939 74–85
160 September 28 Indians 4–5 Mercker Scanlan (0–1) Mesa 19,820 74–86
161 September 29 Indians 4–1 Belcher (15–11) Ogea Pichardo (3) 14,556 75–86
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Royals team member

Detailed records

Roster

1996 Kansas City Royals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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 Mike MacFarlane 112 379 104 .274 19 54
1B José Offerman 151 561 170 .303 5 47
2B Keith Lockhart 138 433 118 .273 7 55
SS David Howard 143 420 92 .219 4 48
3B Joe Randa 110 337 102 .303 6 47
LF Tom Goodwin 143 524 148 .282 1 35
CF Johnny Damon 145 517 140 .271 6 50
RF Michael Tucker 108 339 88 .260 12 53
DH Joe Vitiello 85 257 62 .241 8 40

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
Craig Paquette 118 429 111 .259 22 67
Bip Roberts 90 339 96 .283 0 52
Bob Hamelin 89 239 61 .255 9 40
Mike Sweeney 50 165 46 .279 4 24
Sal Fasano 51 143 29 .203 6 19
Kevin Young 55 132 32 .242 8 23
Chris Stynes 36 92 27 .243 0 6
Jon Nunnally 35 90 19 .211 5 17
Rod Myers 22 63 18 .286 1 11
Les Norman 54 49 6 .122 0 0
Patrick Lennon 14 30 7 .233 0 1
Henry Mercedes 4 4 1 .250 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
Tim Belcher 35 238.2 15 11 3.92 113
Chris Haney 35 228.0 10 14 4.70 115
Kevin Appier 32 211.1 14 11 3.62 207
Mark Gubicza 19 119.1 4 12 5.13 55
José Rosado 16 106.2 8 6 3.21 64
Doug Linton 21 104.0 7 9 5.02 87

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
Brian Bevil 3 11.0 1 0 5.73 7

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
Hipólito Pichardo 57 3 5 3 5.43 43
Jason Jacome 49 0 4 1 4.72 32
Jeff Montgomery 48 4 6 24 4.26 45
Mike Magnante 38 2 2 0 5.67 32
Julio Valera 31 3 2 1 6.46 31
Rick Huisman 22 2 1 1 4.60 23
Tim Pugh 19 0 1 0 5.45 27
Jaime Bluma 17 0 0 5 3.60 14
Jeff Granger 15 0 0 0 6.61 11
Terry Clark 12 1 1 0 7.79 12
Bob Scanlan 9 0 1 0 3.18 3
Kenny Robinson 5 1 0 0 6.00 5

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Mike Jirschele
AA Wichita Wranglers Texas League Ron Johnson
A Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League John Mizerock
A Lansing Lugnuts Midwest League Brian Poldberg
A-Short Season Spokane Indians Northwest League Bob Herold
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League Al Pedrique

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Wilmington[5]

References

  1. ^ Doug Linton page at Baseball Reference\
  2. ^ Brent Mayne at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Wally Joyner at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Tim Belcher at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997