Against The Royals All Time Leaders – Through 2021

royalsIn the past, we’ve looked at the all time leaders in both offensive and defensive categories for all 30 teams.  This offseason, we will take our first ever look at those leaders against all 30 clubs.  We continue today with the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals began life in 1969, joining the American League following the abandonment of the Kansas City market by the A’s following the 1967 season.  I’ve seen them play 61 times, first in 1985 at old Comiskey Park where Willie Wilson took a throw to second base off the noggin, and most recently last May, where I saw them in a 4 game series at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Home Runs

Name Total
Paul Konerko 8
Jose Abreu 6
Carlos Quentin 6

Hits

Name Total
Paul Konerko 30
Jose Abreu 29
Alexei Ramirez 28

Runs

Name Total
Paul Konerko 18
Tim Anderson 13
Jose Abreu 12
Alexei Ramirez 12

RBI

Name Total
Paul Konerko 19
Carlos Quentin 17
Jose Abreu 15

Doubles

Name Total
Paul Konerko 5
Tim Anderson 5
Adam Eaton 4
Leury Garcia 4
Melky Cabrera 4

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By The Numbers – 38

In 1929, uniform numbers appeared on the back of baseball jerseys for the first time, thanks to the Indians and the Yankees.  By 1937, numbers finally appeared across all uniforms, both home and away, across both major leagues.  Since that time, 81 distinct numbers have been worn by members of the White Sox, while the Cubs boast 76.

Today, we continue our look at those players, picking our favorite, if not the best, player to wear each uniform number for both Chicago teams with #38.  89 different players have donned #38 while playing in Chicago, 45 for the White Sox and 44 for the Cubs.

From the time he made his debut in 2001 through the January 2012 trade that ended his Cubs career, Carlos Zambrano took the field with #38 on his back.  When he was on his game, which he was for much of his early career on the Northside, he was one of the best in the game, helping the Cubs to division titles in 2003, 2007, and 2008.  Towards the end, though, he was known more for the troubles he has caused, whether it was fighting with Michael Barrett, Derrek Lee, or a Gatorade machine before finally walking out on the team after a horrid start against the Braves in the August of 2011, where he was ejected, claimed he was retiring, and then was suspended for the remainder of the season.  In January, he was traded to the Marlins.

On the south side of town, Pablo Ozuna donned #38 during his 3+ years with the White Sox.  Signing as a free agent in January of 2005, Ozuna saw the most playing time of his career to that point, including scoring the winning run in Game 2 of the ALCS, pinch running for A.J. Pierzynski after the infamous dropped third strike call in the 9th inning, and kicking off he 8 game winning streak to close out the franchise’s first World Series title in 88 years.

Ozuna returned to the White Sox in 2006 and, on May 3, he hit his first career home run.  A broken leg suffered in late May of 2007 limited Ozuna to 27 games.  He returned from the injury in 2008 and was performing well, hitting .281 in 32 games, but was designated for assignment after a roster crunch in July.

#58 – Pablo Ozuna

ozunaName: Pablo Ozuna

Rank: 58

Position: LF/3B

Years With White Sox: 2005-2008

Pablo Ozuna signed with the White Sox as a free agent in January of 2005.  He set career highs with 70 games, 203 at bats, 56 hits, 14 stolen bases, and 11 RBI.  Ozuna made two appearances in the 2005 post-season, both in the ALCS against the Angels.  In the second, he pinch ran for A.J. Pierzynski after the infamous dropped third strike call in the 9th inning of Game 2.  Following a stolen base, Ozuna scored the winning run on Joe Crede’s double, starting the White Sox 8 game winning streak to close out their first World Series title in 88 years.

Ozuna returned to the White Sox in 2006, where he set a new career high in games played with 79.  On May 3, he hit his first career home run, a solo shot with 2 outs in the 9th inning to tie the game.

An broken leg suffered in late May limited Ozuna to 27 games in 2007.  “Are we going to miss him? Yeah,” manager Ozzie Guillen said.  “We’re going to miss him like any of the guys because he’s a big piece in the club.”

Ozuna returned from the injury in 2008 and was performing well, hitting .281 in 32 games.  On July 8, with Paul Konerko coming off the disabled list a facing a roster crunch, Ozuna was designated for assignment.  On July 16, he was given his release, ending his White Sox career.

Ozuna’s numbers in a White Sox uniform, both for games I attended and overall, were:

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