1998 Kansas City Royals season
|1998 Kansas City Royals|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Herk Robinson|
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- November 18, 1997: Yamil Benitez was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Kansas City Royals as the 19th pick in the 1997 expansion draft.
- January 20, 1998: Terry Pendleton was signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.
- January 20, 1998: Lee Smith signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.
- March 17, 1998: Ernie Young was purchased by the Kansas City Royals from the Oakland Athletics.
Before the 1998 regular season began, two new teams—the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays—were added by Major League Baseball. This resulted in the American League and National League having fifteen teams. However, in order for MLB officials to continue primarily intraleague play, both leagues would need to carry a number of teams that was divisible by two, so the decision was made to move one club from the AL Central to the NL Central.
This realignment was widely considered to have great financial benefit to the club moving. However, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, Commissioner (then club owner) Bud Selig decided another team should have the first chance to switch leagues. The choice was offered to the Kansas City Royals, who ultimately decided to stay in the American League and bypassing the opportunity to build a full-time rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals. The choice then fell to the Brewers, who, on November 6, 1997, elected to move to the National League. Had the Brewers elected not to move to the National League, the Minnesota Twins would have been offered the opportunity to switch leagues.
|Chicago White Sox||80||82||0.494||9||44–37||36–45|
|Kansas City Royals||72||89||0.447||16½||29–51||43–38|
Record vs. opponents
1998 American League Records
|1998 Kansas City Royals|
Starters by position
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; R = Runs; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; Avg. = Batting average; Slg. = Slugging average; SB = Stolen bases
|AAA||Omaha Royals||Pacific Coast League||Ron Johnson|
|AA||Wichita Wranglers||Texas League||John Mizerock|
|A||Wilmington Blue Rocks||Carolina League||Darrell Evans, Kevin Long and Brian Poldberg|
|A||Lansing Lugnuts||Midwest League||Bob Herold|
|A-Short Season||Spokane Indians||Northwest League||Jeff Garber|
|Rookie||GCL Royals||Gulf Coast League||Andre David|
- Terry Pendleton Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Lee Smith Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- "Brewers switch leagues, join Reds in NL Central". The Kentucky Post (Associated Press). E. W. Scripps Company. November 6, 1997. Archived from the original on May 5, 2005.
- Pappas, Doug, "News Briefs: Fall 1997" Archived July 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., Outside the Lines, Fall 1997.
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007