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Should there be a third Royals All-Star?

For the first time in a decade, the Royals have more than one player named to the All-Star team. Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez are the first duo to earn the honors since Mike MacDougal and Mike Sweeney in 2003.


While Kansas City fans will enjoy watching Gordon and Perez in the Midsummer Classic, the Royals very easily could have had three All-Stars and some might argue they should. The third potential All-Star is closer Greg Holland, who has been lights out in the ninth inning pretty much all season.

Holland’s stats this year have been impressive.  He is 22 of 24 in save opportunities. He sports a whopping 15.4 K/9 with 60 strikeouts in 35.0 innings, good for a tie for first in strikeouts among American League closers. His 22 saves place him fifth in the league. He has converted his past 15 save opportunities and hasn’t blown a save since May 6. And right now, Holland is red hot. In an outstanding start to July, Holland has yet to give up a run in five chances. He has given up two hits over that time, while striking out 10 in five innings.

So, now that we’ve analyzed Holland’s numbers, the question becomes who does he replace on the team. The relievers selected to the American League squad are Mariano Rivera, Joe Nathan, Glen Perkins, Jesse Crain and Brett Cecil.

Holland has a better ERA and WHIP than Rivera. Crain and Cecil are middle relievers who are having excellent seasons. Nathan is having arguably the best season among all American League closers and with the game in New York, Rivera is deserving of his spot in his final season. That leaves Perkins.

Perkins has had a very good year and AL manager Jim Leyland took notice, especially after Perkins has notched four saves this year against Leyland’s Tigers. But if you compare Holland with Perkins, it seems the Royals hurler may have been the better pick. Holland has a better ERA, more strikeouts and more saves. Both have blown only two save opportunities and Perkins has a slightly better WHIP. It may be splitting hairs, because Perkins has had a great year and it’s not always exclusively about the numbers (Leyland has seen Perkins more than Holland this year).

However, Holland has an excellent case for being the third member of the Royals in New York City next week.

Holland isn’t dwelling on his omission from the roster.

“It just didn’t happen,” Holland told the Kansas City Star. “There were a lot of guys who didn’t make it who were deserving too. So you’ve just got to move on. I thought I was deserving of consideration, and I imagine I got some. It’s tough to pick a team. That’s part of it.”

He still could be selected to the team should Leyland need to make an injury replacement. But, if not, Holland will enjoy the days off and hope he can continue his torrid July pace.

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Kansas City and the All Star “DNP” Tradition

The big boys are coming to our house this year, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be allowed to play with them.

The Royals host the All Star Game this year, and it is a huge event for Kansas City. But the hopes of KC fans that their team would be well represented at home were disappointed.

Ever since the announcement was made that KC would be home to the 2012 All Star Game, the question has been would the Royals have more than one player named to the team?

But a 12-game losing streak, a sluggish start by a few young stars, and injuries conspired to limit the Royals to just one representative.

Billy Butler rightfully was named the Royals’ rep. And he’ll hobnob with baseball royalty at our very own Kauffman Stadium in what is a great exposure of Kansas City. It will be a great economic and cultural event for the city.

But it won’t do much for healing the wounds Royals have taken from the mid-summer classic over the past decade. Three letters describe the slight baseball has dealt the Royals: DNP.

Six of the last ten KC representatives in the midsummer classic never left the bench.

In case you were like most fans who paid almost no notice to whether Royals played or not over the past decade:

2011: Aaron Crow – DNP.
2010: Joakim Soria – DNP.
2007: Gil Meche – DNP.
2006: Mark Redman – DNP.
2003: Mike Sweeney and Mike MacDougal – DNP.

Having lacked a legitimate “star” for years, it’s been a long time since Royals fans had much reason to care about the All-Star Game. So all the DNPs seem to have gone by without much notice. Lesser players are often forced to wait until late in the games to pinch-hit, or are held out for extra innings. So most casual fans have gone to bed by the time the benches start clearing.

I made the case a year ago that this was no coincidence.

During a 13-year stretch – 1990 to 2002 – when the team was pretty bad, the Royals had just one DNP – Jeff Montgomery in 1996. So based on that fact, it would appear Royals representatives are not getting into the games as frequently as they once did.

And it wasn’t that all the Royals representatives during that period were legitimate stars (see Jose Rosado in 1997 and 1999 and Dean Palmer in 1998).

It all started with what looks like the biggest slap in the face back in 2003. In the one season when the Royals were actually good – leading the Central Division with a 51-41 mark – the Royals sent legit slugger Sweeney and lights-out closer (at the time) McDougal to the game.

And neither played.

Since then, the American League seems to be making no effort to get Royals into the game.

Butler will not record a DNP this year. Most of the DNPs have been logged by pitchers, which isn’t that uncommon. And being as the game is in KC, they will finally make it a priority to get the Royals’ rep in the game.

Butler will play, no doubt. Sadly it will probably be in a pinch-hitting role. He’ll come up for one short at bat, go to the bench, and the Royals’ presence will be barely noticed.

But strangely the slight doesn’t end there.

For once the Royals had a rep who could conceivably participate in the second-biggest event of the All Star Break, the Home Run Derby. The door was open for Butler, and Robinson Cano even said he would invite a Royal.

But this year the Royals will sadly record a different DNP – Did Not Participate in the derby.

Good luck in your All Star appearance, Billy. You deserve it. The Royals deserve it. The city deserves it.

I’m afraid next year we’ll go back to the usual DNP.

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Kool Aid Drinker’s Manifesto

It’s that time again, for the monthly article devoted to the Kool Aid Drinker. Originally, the Kool Aid Drinker wanted to run down his most boo-able Kansas City Royals at each position, but then I thought that might confuse some people. I have clearly presented the Kool Aid Drinker as an overly positive Royals fan that is predicting big things for the club, so talking about booing Royals doesn’t seem like his style right? Wrong. That bit of foreseen confusion led me to this, the Kool Aid Drinker’s Manifesto:

First and foremost, the Kool Aid Drinker is not just in me. There is a little bit of him in everyone that still considers himself a Royals fan in 2012. Every true fan that believed in Bob Hamelin, Mike MacDougal, and Angel Berroa…amongst others. I cannot imagine you could still be a fan of this team after 20 some years of futility without having a little unreasonable optimism in you.

While it is quite obvious that the Kool Aid Drinker loves his Royals, it should be mentioned that he is not above becoming disenchanted with those who do not live up to his lofty expectation, especially if their effort or desire seems to be lacking in any way. Ricky Blownsavico, Pop Up Perez, and Odalis “grasa pedazo de caca” Perez are just a few players that have felt his wrath. The Kool Aid Drinker is a very vocal fan, in good times and in bad.

As you can probably tell from above, the Kool Aid Drinker loves nicknames. But not Trey Hillman type nicknames. Getzy? Gordo? C’mon. He expects creativity like Country Breakfast, The Pain Killer, and The Dominator. Sometimes the Kool Aid Drinker latches on to main stream nicknames, and others he creates his own. But you will not hear him calling Jonathan Sanchez “Sanchy” any time soon.

The Kool Aid Drinker is fairly old school, especially when it comes to stadium behavior. If there is something exciting going on and you are behind him you are expected to stand; don’t ask him to sit on his hands. While he believes that there is no place for vulgarity in the stadium, he will absolutely heckle an opposing player if given a reason, mercilessly at times. I say fairly old school because he does not hate the amusement park in left field or people that start the wave. If you’re there to cheer on the Royals, we are all on the same side.

The Kool Aid Drinker hates the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals. He doesn’t care much for their fans either, especially the ones that live in KC. He believes that Yankees fans living in KC are generally bandwagoners who know little about the game. He thinks that the “Greatest Fans in Baseball” are probably the ones still coming out to the K after 26 years of losing baseball, and not some “Nation” of bird watchers that are so absolutely “informed” and “polite,” yet they blindly cheered for one of the most obvious steroid users of our generation without even a hint of remorse. (Mark McGwire, not Albert Pujols.) He also likes to goad these fan bases into ridiculous arguments that even he knows he can’t win with logic, like telling them it is okay that they lost the 43 year old Pujols because he’d rather have Eric Hosmer in 2012 anyway…or that new video evidence clearly shows that Denkinger got it right.

The Kool Aid Drinker is not thrilled with bandwagon fans, but he welcomes them all the same. There’s plenty of Kool Aid for everyone, especially in 2012. Unless, of course, they are in the above mentioned categories and just trying to hedge their bets. In fact, the Kool Aid Drinker wants to take this moment to invite anyone who reads this to jump on board right now. I’m not ready to make my final projections, but you can see what I think about the first half of the year here. It’s going to be an amazing ride in 2012, with youth developing into greatness and the eyes of the world on Kansas City in both July and hopefully October. It is “our time” Kansas City–for winning, for championships, for Kool Aid.

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Winter Worries

Kansas City Royals fans are excited for the coming baseball season. I’m not sure if they’re excited to have any kind of baseball back, or they think the Royals have a legitimate shot at winning games during the 2012 season. Like most either-or situations the truth is most likely in the middle. I’m excited too, and I have been since the end of the regular season.

I have not been this excited during a Royals off-season since the winter of 2003-2004. Remember that? I do, and it has me slightly worried. The Royals finished the 2003 Season 83-79. While the 2003 Royals faded down the stretch, and dropping their last three to White Sox there was lot to be excited about that fall. The Royals had a collection of young guys. Angel Berrora was the 2003 AL Rookie of the Year. He flashed some leather in the field, and was surprise at the plate. Surely Berrora would get better during the off-season? Ken Harvey had a good first half of the season and became an All-Star. Even though he faded during the second half of 2003, surely he would figure some things out and get better? Mike MacDougal would learn some control. Jose Lima had eliminated his demons and was back to being a productive starter. Mike Sweeney will get healthy over the winter. Runelvys Hernandez, Brian Anderson, Jeremy Affeldt, DJ Carrasco, Jimmy Gobble, would all come back in 2004 and be better. Because that’s what young ball players do. They get better. They don’t ever regress? Do they?

Not only was the current roster going to improve but Allard Baird signed veteran free agents Benito Santiago and Juan Gonzales. Zack Greinke was waiting in the minors. Some national media prognosticators even picked the 2004 Royals to win the division! The Royals future was bright, and the Royals fans had to wear shades to even look at it. How could anything go wrong?

You're looking at the best moment of the Royals 2004 Season.

The 2004 Off-Season concluded with one of the most exciting Opening Day’s in franchise history with Mendy Lopez hitting a home run off Damaso Marte in the bottom of the 9th. I was at that game, and it’s one of my favorite Royals memories. The Royals march to October was underway. I went to two more games that opening week. The Royals finished up the opening home stand 4-2. Of Course, we don’t need Paul Harvey to tell us what happened to Ken Harvey and learn the rest of this story. The Royals only won three more games the rest of April, finishing 7-14. This included a six game losing streak. May got even weirder with Tony Pena fleeing the country and the wheels officially coming off the wagon. Thus began even darker days for the franchise and it’s fans, and truthfully I don’t know if we’ve ever fully recovered.

This season does look promising. But years, and years of disappointment have dulled my optimist’s blade a little. After all, the 2003 Royals won twelve more games than the 2011 Royals. I claim to not be a very big statistics person. But one statistic that came to my attention during the 2003 season was the Pythagorean Win-Loss Formula. You use total runs scored and total runs allowed for a team to determine what a team’s record should be. The 2003 Royals had a better record than their Pythagorean W-L: 78-84. Their actual W-L was 83-79. In other words, the 2003 Royals were lucky. Any team that got to play the 2003 Tigers 19 times was lucky. The 2011 Royals Pythagorean W-L: 78-84. Their actual W-L was 71-91. The 2011 Royals were more unlucky than the 2003 Royals were lucky. This tells me that last season’s Royals weren’t all that far off from being a .500 team.

Knowing that last season’s team was better than perceived sort of eases my mind. However, a lot of assumptions on 2012 being a good season for the Royals are dependent on the same things that made us think 2004 was going to be a good season. Youth taking a step forward, no major regressions from the established roster, and new additions being as advertised or better. I’ve been this excited before only to see the worst team in franchise history trotted onto the field. There are always a lot of ifs for a baseball team this time of year. Too many times the answer to those ifs has been wrong for the Royals. That’s what has me worried. If this group of players doesn’t turn things around for the organization the only thing we’ll have to look forward to is another GM and another process. For once it would be fun to be excited about the Royals, and not worry that the wheels might fall off. Of course, like a lot of Royals fans problems only consistent winning will take care of that.

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All-Star DNP

At least a dozen people will be glued to their TV sets on Tuesday night to see if Aaron Crow gets into the All-Star Game as a pitcher for the American League team.

Don’t hold your breath.

The first ever Royal in an All-Star Game – catcher Ellie Rodriguez – recorded just one statistic in the 1969 exhibition. DNP. Disappointing for the fledgling franchise. But the team would soon be well represented by stars like Amos Otis, Cookie Rojas and John Mayberry, who made significant contributions in the game in the early 1970s.

Then came George Brett, Frank White and Hal McRae, and the Royals were all over the All-Star field.

But it seems fitting looking back that the first Royal All-Star recorded a DNP, because that appears to be a new trend.

Five of the last nine KC “representatives” in the midsummer classic never left the bench.

2010: Joakim Soria – DNP. 2007: Gil Meche – DNP. 2006: Mark Redman – DNP. 2003: Mike Sweeney and Mike MacDougal – DNP.

Having lacked a legitimate “star” for years, it’s been a long time since Royals fans had much reason to care about the All-Star Game. So all the DNPs seem to have gone by without much notice. Lesser players are often forced to wait until late in the games to pinch-hit, or are held out for extra innings. So most casual fans have gone to bed by the time the benches start clearing.

But it would seem that American League managers haven’t felt compelled to get the KC representatives into the games in recent years.

Is there a conspiracy here, is this just a coincidence, or is it a consequence of how the All-Star Game is played?

One could argue that while every team is allotted a representative to the roster, there is no guarantee that players from every team should play. Some players may just not be deemed worthy of participation.

One could make that argument particularly in the case of Redman, who was probably saved from embarrassment. Imagine the PA announcer introducing the Royals rep in 2006:

“Now entering the game, your Kansas City Royals All-Star, with a 5-4 record and a 5.27 ERA…”

It’s possible that because the Royals tend to be represented by pitchers, there is more of a likelihood that their rep won’t get in the game. Every year an average of 8.5 pitchers don’t play. (This is based on the past decade. For more statistics on pitcher DNPs, see below.)

But it could also be that no one feels compelled to insert into the game the representatives of a lack-luster franchise in fly-over territory. After all, five DNPs in eight years seems high if it is just a coincidence.

During a 13-year stretch – 1990 to 2002 – when the team was pretty bad, the Royals had just one DNP – Jeff Montgomery in 1996. So based on that fact, it would appear Royals representatives are not getting into the games as frequently as they once did.

And it wasn’t that all the Royals representatives were legitimate stars (see Jose Rosado in 1997 and 1999 and Dean Palmer in 1998).

It all started with what looks like the biggest slap in the face back in 2003. In the one season when the Royals were actually good – leading the Central Division with a 51-41 mark – the Royals sent legit slugger Sweeney and lights-out closer (at the time) McDougal to the game.

Neither played.

In defense of Mike Scioscia, the AL manager that year, seven other AL guys didn’t play either. But to keep two guys from the same team out seemed a bit much.

Could it be that, now that the home field in the World Series is determined by the midsummer classic, more emphasis is placed on winning than on getting all the players into the game?

That may provide some motivation to the games’ managers, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be affecting the leagues teams or its star players. Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia felt it was more important to pitch in their teams’ last game before the break than to play in the exhibition. And Derek Jeter, healthy enough to go 5 for 5 last Saturday, isn’t feeling up to putting in a couple of innings.

No, winning doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal.

While no one outside of Topeka probably cares if Aaron Crow plays or not, it will most likely seem more important next year when the All-Star Game comes to Kauffman Stadium. Most likely the league will feel compelled to try to get a position player from KC into the game for a couple of innings.

For the record, when the game was last played in KC in 1973, Otis and Mayberry were in the starting lineup, with Rojas coming off the bench. As a group, they came to bat a total of 6 times in the game.

But you have to go all the way back to 2000, when Jermaine Dye started the game to find a Royal position player that recorded significant time in the field in an All-Star Game. So we’ll see if Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer or some other position player can finally see some time at a position in next years’ game.

Congrats, Aaron Crow. No matter what everyone says, you are an All-Star. I hope you get a chance to show it on the field.

But if you don’t get in the game, I doubt anyone will speak out in your defense. After all, you’re a Royal. Based on the last eight years, it appears no one cares whether you play or not.

Pitcher DNPs:

In the past decade, 264 pitchers were named to All-Star squads, with a high of 34 last season and a low of 22 in 2001.

178 pitched in the games, with a high of 23 in 2008 and a low of 15 in 2003 and 2006.

The lowest number of DNPs among pitchers came in 2008 with 2. The highest number came in 2010 with 15.

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Royals History: Boys In Blue Have Sizzled, Fizzled In All-Star Games

Joakim Soria

Closer Joakim Soria will represent the Royals tonight in the 2010 Midsummer Classic.

Joakim Soria will represent the Kansas City Royals in the 81st edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game today, the only representative from the team in this year’s game.

In recent years the Royals have become notorious for sending one lonely, league-mandated representative to the Midsummer Classic every year. You’d have to go back to 2003 to find two Royals in the All-Star Game (it was Mike Sweeney and Mike MacDougal, by the way). How long ago was that? The Montreal Expos were still in the league. The last Royal to be selected as a starter in the All-Star Game was Jermaine Dye in 2000.

But to judge the Royals’ All-Star history on the past decade alone would be to overlook some truly amazing moments in team history.

Here are some of the highs and lows for the Royals during the team’s 41-year history.


Quick, name the first-ever Royals All-Star representative.

Go ahead.

Still waiting.

It was Ellie Rodriguez. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, true Royals fans, don’t feel ashamed. Rodriguez, a catcher, was only a Royal for two seasons, including the inaugural 1969 season after he was taken from the Yankees in the expansion draft.

Ellie Rodriguez was the first All-Star in Royals history.

Rodriguez was an All-Star a couple years later for the Milwaukee Brewers, and he built a respectable Major League career over nine years and five different teams. And although he didn’t play in that 1969 game, he will always hold the distinction as the Kansas City Royals’ first All-Star.


Ellie Rodriguez may have been the team’s first All-Star, but Amos Otis quickly became the Royals’ first superstar. He picked up where Rodriguez left off and served as the Royals’ sole representative in the 1970 game.

It was the first of five appearances by the speedy center fielder, including a starting appearance in 1973.

Speaking of that 1973 game…


Royals Stadium was the venue for the 44th All-Star Game in 1973. The Royals had three representatives in the game – Otis, John Mayberry (both starters) and Cookie Rojas – but the game will be remembered for the non-Royals on the field that day. A whopping 15 future Hall of Famers took part, including Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Joe Morgan and Willie Mays in his final All-Star appearance. The National League won the game 7-1.


George Brett appeared in 13 All-Star Games, more than any other Royals player in history.

In 1976, young Royals slugger George Brett was elected to his very first All-Star Game as the starting third basemen for the American League.

Over the next decade, no other American League player started an All-Star Game at third base.

Over the course of his 10 All-Star starts, George Brett established himself as a legend in the game and the greatest Royals player of all time.

He also tacked on three more All-Star Games to the end of the streak as a reserve, making for 13 straight appearances in the Midsummer Classic.


In the early 1980s, the Kansas City Royals were among the cream of the baseball crop, arguably the most respected organization in baseball at the time. Their success during the regular season and the playoffs in the ‘80s followed through to the All-Star Game.

The pinnacle came in 1982, when the Royals had an all-time high five representatives in the game: Brett (a starter), Frank White, Hal McRae, Willie Wilson and Dan Quisenberry. The team had more starters than any other in baseball that season.


Unlike the Royals All-Stars of the 2000s, George Brett was hardly ever the solitary Royal in the dugout for the American League – only twice during his 13-year stretch was he the team’s sole representative.

Other frequent faces for the Royals in the All-Star Game were White (five appearances, including one start), McRae (three appearances), Quisenberry (three) and Darrel Porter (three for the Royals, four total).

Another high point for the organization came in 1979, when the Royals’ three representatives (Brett, White and Porter) were all elected as starters for the American League.


Brett’s next-to-last All-Star Game in 1987 was the first for young Bret Saberhagen. That year, he became the first and only Royals pitcher to start an All-Star Game, and three years later he became the first of two Royals to pick up a win in the game (Jose Rosado was the winning pitcher in the 1997 game).

After Saberhagen’s emergence, Royals pitchers were frequently spotlighted in the All-Star Game. Before 1987, only three Royals pitchers – Quisenberry, Steve Busby and Larry Gura – appeared in All-Star Games. Mark Gubicza was an All-Star in 1988 and ’89 and in the 90’s, Jeff Montgomery, David Cone, Kevin Appier and the aforementioned Saberhagen and Rosado donned Royals uniforms in the game.


As Brett faded from greatness, Royals fans thrust their hopes upon a new star: Bo Jackson. Although injuries shortened Jackson’s two-sport career, for a while the Royals outfielder was the hottest player in the game.

During the 1989 All-Star Game, he was positively sizzling.

Jackson was the lead-off hitter for the American League in the bottom of the first inning and on the second pitch, he blasted a moonshot home run to deep center field.

Jackson went on to win the All-Star MVP award that season, the only Royal ever to do so, and not only did he dazzle the baseball world, he also impressed the former President:

Bo Jackson’s 1989 All Star Game Home Run

Jackson also competed in the Home Run Derby that year. The only other Royal to participate in the contest was Danny Tartabull in 1991.


Over the last 20 years – from 1990 to now – the Royals have had just the one league-mandated All-Star representative 18 times.

Mike Sweeney became an All-Star Game staple in the early 2000s (five appearances, including four in a row). But other players from those teams struggled to break through. Even though the team featured a lot of young talent, none of the budding stars like Carlos Beltran and Johnny Damon ever became All-Stars for the Royals.

One Royals All-Star selection was so controversial that he almost changed the nature of the game itself and along the way, the Royals reached one of their lowest points as an organization.

In 2006, the Royals were bumbling through their third 100-loss season in a row. The team’s All-Star representative that year was pitcher Mark Redman. At the All-Star Break, Redman’s stats were a pedestrian 5-4 record and an obnoxious 5.49 earned-run average.

Columnists, bloggers, and fans across the country were outraged that Redman was considered an “All-Star,” and many of them called for the end of the decades-old rule that one player from each team must be selected.


In the late 2000’s, as the Royals have shown slight improvement, so too have the team’s All-Stars. Since 2007 the team’s representatives have been Gil Meche, Joakim Soria (twice) and Zack Greinke.

As this young team continues to improve, it will do so through pitching. Greinke and Soria should be a major part of that improvement.


The Royals will once again host the All-Star Game in 2012, this time in newly-renovated Kauffman Stadium.

By 2012, can the Royals muster more than one representative?

If the team keeps improving, by that time the Kansas City Royals could be at the center of the stage in more ways than one.



Below is a comprehensive list of the Royals’ All-Stars throughout the years:

1969: Ellie Rodriguez. 1970: Amos Otis. 1971: Otis, Cookie Rojas. 1972: Rojas, Otis, Lou Piniella, Richie Scheinblum. 1973: Otis, John Mayberry, Rojas. 1974: Steve Busby, Mayberry, Rojas. 1975: Busby, McRae. 1976: George Brett, McRae, Otis. 1977: Brett. 1978: Brett, Fred Patek, Frank White, Darrel Porter. 1979: Brett, White, Porter. 1980: Brett, Larry Gura, Porter. 1981: Brett, White. 1982: Brett, Dan Quisenberry, White, McRae, Willie Wilson. 1983: Brett, Quisenberry, Wilson. 1984: Brett, Quisenberry. 1985: Brett. 1986: Brett, White. 1987: Brett, Bret Saberhagen, Kevin Seitzer. 1988: Brett, Kurt Stillwell, Mark Gubicza. 1989: Bo Jackson, Gubicza. 1990: Saberhagen. 1991: Danny Tartabull. 1992: Jeff Montgomery. 1993: Montgomery. 1994: David Cone. 1995: Kevin Appier. 1996: Montgomery. 1997: Jose Rosado. 1998: Dean Palmer. 1999: Rosado. 2000: Jermaine Dye, Mike Sweeney. 2001: Sweeney. 2002: Sweeney. 2003: Sweeney, Mike MacDougal. 2004: Ken Harvey. 2005: Sweeney. 2006: Mark Redman. 2007: Gil Meche. 2008: Joakim Soria. 2009: Zack Greinke. 2010: Soria.

NOTES: Royals skipper Dick Howser was the AL Manager in 1986; in 2008, Royals outfielder Jose Guillen was one of five players on a fan ballot for the final AL roster spot, losing to Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria.

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