1979 Kansas City Royals season

1979 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
General manager(s) Joe Burke
Manager(s) Whitey Herzog
Local television KBMA
(Steve Shannon, Dave Nelson)
Local radio WIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1979 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 85 wins and 77 losses.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
California Angels 8874 0.543 49–32 39–42
Kansas City Royals 8577 0.525 3 46–35 39–42
Texas Rangers 8379 0.512 5 44–37 39–42
Minnesota Twins 8280 0.506 6 39–42 43–38
Chicago White Sox 7387 0.456 14 33–46 40–41
Seattle Mariners 6795 0.414 21 36–45 31–50
Oakland Athletics 54108 0.333 34 31–50 23–58

Record vs. opponents

1979 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 8–59–38–38–57–66–68–58–45–68–410–26–611–2
Boston 5–85–75–66–78–58–48–49–35–89–38–46–69–4
California 3–97–59–46–64–87–67–59–47–510–37–65–87–5
Chicago 3–86–54–96–63–95–85–75–84–89–45–811–27–5
Cleveland 5–87–66–66–66–66–64–98–45–88–47–55–78–5
Detroit 6–75–88–49–36–65–76–74–87–67–57–56–69–4
Kansas City 6–64–86–78–56–67–55–77–65–79–47–66–79–3
Milwaukee 5–84–85–77–59–47–67–58–49–46–69–39–310–3
Minnesota 4–83–94–98–54–88–46–74–87–59–410–34–911–1
New York 6–58–55–78–48–56–77–54–95–79–36–68–49–4
Oakland 4–83–93–104–94–85–74–96–64–93–98–52–114–8
Seattle 2–104–86–78–55–75–76–73–93–106–65–86–78–4
Texas 6–66–68–52–117–56–67–63–99–44–811–27–67–5
Toronto 2–114–95–75–75–84–93–93–101–114–98–44–85–7

Notable transactions

Roster

1979 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
2BFrank White127467124.2661048
3BGeorge Brett154645212.32923107
SSFreddie Patek10630677.252137
LFWillie Wilson154588185.315649

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
U L Washington10126868.254225
George Scott4414639.267120
Todd Cruz5511824.203215
Steve Braun5811631.267410
Jerry Terrell314012.30012
Germán Barranca553.60000

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
Larry Gura39233.213124.4785
Rich Gale34181.29105.65103
Craig Chamberlain1069.2443.7530

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
Steve Busby2294.1663.6345

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
Eduardo Rodríguez294124.8426
Bill Paschall70106.593
Gary Christenson60003.384
Craig Eaton50002.704
George Throop400013.501
Jerry Terrell10000.000

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Gordon Mackenzie
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League Joe Jones
A Fort Myers Royals Florida State League Gene Lamont
Rookie GCL Royals Blue Gulf Coast League Brian Murphy
Rookie GCL Royals Gold Gulf Coast League José Martínez

Notes

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 
  • 1979 Kansas City Royals at Baseball Reference
  • 1979 Kansas City Royals at Baseball Almanac
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