1997 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)David Glass
General manager(s)Herk Robinson
Manager(s)Bob Boone and Tony Muser
Local televisionKMBC-TV
KCWB
Fox Sports Rocky Mountain
(Paul Splittorff, Bob Davis)
Local radioWIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White, John Wathan, Paul Splittorff)
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The 1997 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 67 wins and 94 losses.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cleveland Indians 86 75 0.534 44–37 42–38
Chicago White Sox 80 81 0.497 6 45–36 35–45
Milwaukee Brewers 78 83 0.484 8 47–33 31–50
Minnesota Twins 68 94 0.420 18½ 35–46 33–48
Kansas City Royals 67 94 0.416 19 33–47 34–47

Record vs. opponents


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


Notable transactions

Roster

1997 Kansas City Royals
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 Mike Macfarlane 82 257 61 .237 8 35
1B Jeff King 155 543 129 .238 28 112
2B José Offerman 106 424 126 .297 2 39
SS Jay Bell 153 573 167 .291 21 92
3B Craig Paquette 77 252 58 .230 8 33
LF Bip Roberts 97 346 107 .309 1 36
CF Tom Goodwin 97 367 100 .272 2 22
RF Jermaine Dye 75 263 62 .236 7 22
DH Chili Davis 140 477 133 .279 30 90

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
Johnny Damon 146 472 130 .275 8 48
Mike Sweeney 84 240 58 .242 7 31
Yamil Benítez 53 191 51 .267 8 21
Dean Palmer 49 187 52 .278 9 31
David Howard 80 162 39 .241 1 13
Scott Cooper 75 159 32 .201 3 15
Joe Vitiello 51 130 31 .238 5 18
Shane Halter 74 123 34 .276 2 10
Rod Myers 31 101 26 .257 2 9
Jed Hansen 34 94 29 .309 1 14
Larry Sutton 27 69 20 .290 2 8
Sal Fasano 13 38 8 .211 1 1
Félix Martínez 16 31 7 .226 0 3
Tim Spehr 17 35 6 .171 1 2
Jon Nunnally 13 29 7 .241 1 4
Ryan Long 6 9 2 .222 0 2
Andy Stewart 5 8 2 .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
Kevin Appier 34 235.2 9 13 3.40 196
Tim Belcher 32 213.1 13 12 5.02 113
José Rosado 33 203.1 9 12 4.69 129
Glendon Rusch 30 170.1 6 9 5.50 116
Jim Pittsley 21 112.0 5 8 5.46 52

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
Ricky Bones 21 78.1 4 7 5.97 36
Chris Haney 8 24.2 1 2 4.38 16

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
Jeff Montgomery 55 1 4 14 3.49 48
Jamie Walker 50 3 3 0 5.44 24
Hipólito Pichardo 47 3 5 11 4.22 34
Gregg Olson 34 4 3 1 3.02 28
Larry Casian 32 0 2 0 5.06 16
Héctor Carrasco 28 1 6 0 5.45 30
Randy Veres 24 4 0 1 3.31 28
Matt Whisenant 24 1 0 0 2.84 16
Brian Bevil 18 1 2 1 6.61 13
Mike Pérez 16 2 0 0 3.54 17
Scott Service 12 0 3 0 4.76 19
Mike Williams 10 0 2 1 6.43 10
Jason Jacome 7 0 0 0 9.45 10
Mitch Williams 7 0 1 0 10.80 3
José Santiago 4 0 0 0 1.93 1
Jim Converse 3 0 0 0 3.60 3
Allen McDill 3 0 0 0 13.50 2
Roland de la Maza 1 0 0 0 4.50 1

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 Bob Herold
A-Short Season Spokane Indians Northwest League Jeff Garber
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League Al Pedrique

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Lansing[12]

References

  1. ^ Chili Davis at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Jay Bell at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Scott Cooper at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ a b Ryan Thompson at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Yamil Benítez at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Doug Linton at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Bob Hamelin at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Michael Tucker at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ a b Todd Van Poppel at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Chris Stynes at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Matt Treanor at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007