If I Were To Collect: Kansas City Royals Edition

[The twenty-sixth in a series:  I’m picking one player that I associate with a team (whether they spent the majority of their career there or not) that I would strongly consider adding to my official want lists.  They may not always be superstars, or the most popular, and honestly they may not always be my favorite player from the team, but that’s what will make this fun, no?]

Can you believe this thing is still not finished?  Are you new here?  Well, if so, read on and check out some of those links and you’ll see this has been going on for several years (originally planned to get it all done in a season).  Well, we’re in the home stretch.  Join me as I try to actually finish something I’ve started.

An underappreciated classic

Bo Jackson is a pretty obvious pick for a kid that grew up in the 80s and 90s.  It’s hard to quantify how much excitement he brought and how he transcended sports in such a short amount of time.  He ran up a wall and across it horizontally.  He broke his bats.  He played some other sport as well.  He knew things. A lot of things.  The man was a member of the Pro Stars cartoon show, for crying out loud!  There’s a reason he’s still highly sought after, despite his short, injury-shortened career. And I would be one of them in a different world.

Not a flattering photo effect

Current player runner-up:  Salvador Perez

There are now a few former Cubs on the Royals, but I’m collecting most of them anyway so I could choose them.  Unless I wanted to go with Jon Jay, and I don’t (even though I enjoyed his time with Chicago).  Perez is one of the more senior players on the team, and an All-Star, so why not?

1989 Fleer scans horribly

Retired player runner-up: Bret Saberhagen

This decision is based solely on the original RBI baseball game on NES.  I loved the sidearm delivery programming and how it easily fooled those terribly stupid AI computer opponents.  It doesn’t hurt that he was a pretty good pitcher as well.

The Series So Far
Angels – (tie) Jim Abbott & Vladimir Guerrero
Astros – J.R. Richard
Blue Jays – Carlos Delgado
Braves – Steve Avery
Brewers – Bob Eucker
Cardinals – Jim Edmonds
Diamondbacks – Randy Johnson
Dodgers – Jackie Robinson
Giants – Kevin Mitchell
Indians – Jim Thome
Mariners – Felix Hernandez
Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton
Mets – (tie) Darryl Strawberry & Dwight Gooden
Nationals/Expos – (tie) Marquis Grissom & Delino DeShields
Orioles – Adam Jones
Phillies – Mike Schmidt
Pirates –  Andrew McCutchen
Rangers – Nolan Ryan
Rays/Devil Rays – Evan Longoria
Red Sox – Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd
Reds – Eric Davis
Rockies – Carlos Gonzalez
Royals – Bo Jackson
Tigers – Alan Trammell
White Sox – Paul Konerko
Yankees – Mariano Rivera

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