The Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to celebrate the accomplishments of those players, coaches and other personnel who have made exceptional contributions to Kansas City Royals Baseball. I know, such an establishment seems unnecessary now, but at one time there were Royals who deserved such an honor.
The first inductees were outfielder Amos Otis and pitcher Steve Busby. They have been joined by pitcher Paul Splittorff, second baseman Cookie Rojas, Manager Dick Howser, pitcher Dennis Leonard, designated hitter Hal McRae, shortstop Fred Patek, Club President Joe Burke, pitcher Larry Gura, Royals founders Ewing and Muriel Kauffman, third baseman George Brett, second baseman Frank White, first baseman John Mayberry, pitcher Dan Quisenberry, Manager Whitey Herzog, center fielder Willie Wilson, pitcher Jeff Montgomery, broadcaster Denny Matthews, pitcher Bret Saberhagen, pitcher Mark Gubicza and scout Art Stewart.
The entire Royals Hall of Fame voting process has been updated and, beginning in 2011, will take place every other year. To be eligible for the first time, players must have been active with the Royals for at least three (3) seasons and accumulated a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances or 150 innings pitched. Candidates shall have ceased to be an active on-field member of the Royals (or for any other Major League organization) in the role for which they are being considered for at least three (3) calendar years preceding the election.
Starting this year, fans can participate in the selection as well by voting at www.royals.com/hof. Voting ends Friday, March 18 at noon. Fans will be joined by other voters, including all living members of the Royals Hall of Fame and select members of the Royals Board of Directors, Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Kansas City electronic media representatives and Royals front office staff, in selecting Royals Hall of Fame inductees. The online fan ballot will account for four votes with two assigned to the highest vote getter and one each to the second and third highest vote getters. Any candidate receiving 75 percent of the vote will be elected and scheduled for induction during the 2011 season.
The 2011 Royals Hall of Fame candidates are (in alphabetical order):
Brian Anderson, LHP (2003-2005); Kevin Appier, RHP (1989-1999; 2003-2004 – Ape went 115-92 with a 3.49 ERA with KC); Al Cowens, OF (1974-1979); Al Fitzmorris, RHP (1969-1976 – Fitzmorris was was 70-48 with a 3.46 ERA as a Royal); Jason Grimsley, RHP (2001-2004); Bo Jackson, OF (1986-1990); Mike Macfarlane, C (1987-1994, 1996-1998); Darrell May, LHP (2002-2004); Brent Mayne, C (1990-1995, 2001-2003); Jose Offerman, INF (1996-1998); Darrell Porter, C (1977-1980, 3-time All-Star); Joe Randa, 3B (1995-1996, 1999-2004); Kevin Seitzer, 3B (1986-1991); Scott Service, RHP (1997-1999); Michael Tucker, OF (1995-1996, 2002-2003); U.L. Washington, SS (1977-1984); John Wathan, C/OF/1B (1976-1985); and Kris Wilson, RHP (2000-2002).