Random Royals Thought – 2009 World Series

Ibanez jpg.JPGWatching the World Series get underway last night I found myself pulling for the Phillies but really more pulling for former Royals outfielder Raul Ibanez. As it turned out Raul had a great chance to put the Phils in the lead coming up with the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning before grounding out to end the early threat.

He got another chance with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and came through with a two-run single to double the Phillies lead to 4-0 and nearly put Game One on ice. Had he been able to get a hit in that first at-bat he may have put an early claim towards Series MVP honors – but it’s really way too early for that, plus Chase Utley’s HR and Cliff Lee’s performance were really key.

Nevertheless it got me to thinking about players that have won World Series MVP honors who have at one time in their careers played for the Royals – How many do you think there are?

Turns out there are five…so far, headlined of course by Bret Saberhagen who was World Series MVP for the Royals. Here is the full list:

 

Player

Royals Years

World Series MVP

World Series Team

Jermaine Dye

1997-2001

2005

White Sox

Pat Borders

1995

1992

Blue Jays

Bret Saberhagen

1984-1991

1985

Royals

Darrell Porter

1977-1980

1982

Cardinals

Bucky Dent

1984

1978

Yankees

 

I’ll be watching again tonight hoping for some more RBI opportunities for our old friend. Good Luck Raul!

(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)

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