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1978 Kansas City Royals (MLB)

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W-L Record: 92-70 .568
Rank: 1st in American League West
Run Differential: 743-634 + 109
Roster Continuity 84.63% 4/26
Manager(s): Whitey Herzog
General Manager: Joe Burke
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Ballpark: Royals Stadium
Attendance: 2,255,493 6/26
Playoffs: Lost ALCS (Yankees)
Top Draft Pick: Buddy Biancalana (#25) All picks
Years Active:
Franchise Information

Coaching Staff

Assistant Coach: Steve Boros
Hitting Coach: Charlie Lau
Pitching Coach: Galen Cisco
Third Base Coach: Chuck Hiller

#1 Draft Picks

Darrell Porter (#4), Clint Hurdle (#9), Jamie Quirk (#18)
American League West Standings
  • A roster of all players who participated in at least one game for this team for this season.
  • The roster is sortable but defaults to an alphabetical listing.
  • Uniform numbers may not be complete for non-MLB teams. It is difficult to come by this information historically. See Data coverage
  • For MLB and Minor league teams, this roster was never an actual roster at any given point during the season.
  • Colleges may be missing players who were either red-shirted or who did not get into game action
  • Full Team Roster for 1978 Kansas City Royals season
    UnifPlayerPosHtWtB-TAgeBornPlaceDraft InfoHigh LevelCurrent TeamStatus
    7Randy Bass1B6-1210L-R241977MIN: 1972-7-152MLB--
    29Doug BirdP6-4180R-R281973SE1: 1969-8-152MLB--
    3Steve BraunOF-3B5-10180L-R301971MIN: 1966-10-200MLB--
    5George Brett3B-1B6-0205L-R251973KCA: 1971-2-29MLB--
    40Steve BusbyP6-2205R-R281972KCA: 1971-2-39MLB--
    48Jim ColbornP6-0191R-R321969Not draftedMLB--
    18Al CowensOF6-2200R-R261974KCA: 1969-75-1028MLB--
    31Dave Cripe3B6-0180R-R271978Not draftedMLB--
    16Steve FoucaultP6-0205L-R281973WS2: 1969-43-912MLB--
    38Rich GaleP6-7225R-R241978KCA: 1975-5-105MLB--
    37Jim GaudetC6-0185R-R231978KCA: 1976-6-138MLB--
    32Larry GuraP6-1185B-L301970CHN: 1969-2-40MLB--
    16Andy HasslerP6-5220L-L261971CAL: 1969-25-581MLB--
    39Al HraboskyP5-11185R-L281970SLN: 1969-1-19MLB--
    9Clint HurdleOF6-3195L-R201977KCA: 1975-1-9MLB--
    21Art KusnyerC6-2198R-R321970CHA: 1966-37-698MLB--
    8Pete LaCock1B-OF6-3210L-L261972CHN: 1970-1-20MLB--
    10Joe LahoudOF6-0202L-L311968Not draftedMLB--
    22Dennis LeonardP6-1190R-R271974KCA: 1972-2-42MLB--
    28,31Randy McGilberryP6-1195B-R241977KCA: 1975-14-321MLB--
    11Hal McRaeOF5-11185R-R321968CIN: 1965-6-117MLB--
    23Steve MingoriP5-10170L-L341970Not draftedMLB--
    26Amos OtisOF5-11166R-R311967BOS: 1965-5-95MLB--
    43Bill PaschallP6-0175R-R241978KCA: 1976-3-53MLB--
    2Freddie PatekSS5-5148R-R331968PIT: 1965-22-421MLB--
    33Marty PattinP5-11180R-R351968CAL: 1965-7-127MLB--
    25Tom PoquetteOF5-10175L-R261973KCA: 1970-4-81MLB--
    15Darrell PorterC6-0193L-R261971MIL: 1970-1-4MLB--
    10Jamie QuirkC-3B6-4200L-R231975KCA: 1972-1-18MLB--
    17Luis SilverioOF5-11165R-R211978Not draftedMLB--
    34Paul SplittorffP6-3210L-L311970KCA: 1968-25-575MLB--
    1Jerry TerrellSS-3B6-0170R-R311973MIN: 1968-18-412MLB--
    35George ThroopP6-7205R-R271975KCA: 1972-16-378MLB--
    30U.L. WashingtonSS5-11175B-R241977Not draftedMLB--
    12John WathanC-1B6-2205R-R281976KCA: 1971-1-4MLB--
    20Frank White2B5-11175R-R271973Not draftedMLB--
    6Willie WilsonOF6-3195B-R221976LAN: 1974-16-381MLB--
    19Joe ZdebOF5-11185R-R251977KCA: 1971-4-78MLB--

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