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This Date in Royals History: July 16th...Celebrating 10 years since Dan Reichert's MLB Debut!

 

 

Kansas City Royals Baseball--When the present is seemingly insufferable, look back at the glorious past! 

 


A week or so ago, Will asked for suggestions on how to improve this site. While a lot of that discussion was great, it got quickly buried by the fury of the YPJ trade. But one of the suggestions mentioned was to do a "This Day in Royals History." Since I didn't have enough baseball tonight (five hours at the ballpark for team pictures & a doubleheader--we got the sweep!),  I figured I'd jump in and try one to kick off the post-ASB portion of the 2009 schedule.*

*Editor's note: To get the full effect of this glance back into KC history, it is paramount to find your music outlet of choice and play some tunes from the said time frame. For example, while researching my 1999 KC Royals information I'm rocking out to Yahoo's 1990's Alternative Rock Station--currently featuring Cake's vastly underrated "Rock'n'Roll Lifestyle."

 


  

Ten Years Ago: July 16, 1999

--After sending Jose Rosado to the 1999 All-Star Game in Boston (Pedro's filthy five strikeouts to six batters game), the Royals began the "second half" of the season with a doubleheader in Milwaukee's County Stadium.  I can hear the snickers now "haha...Jose Rosado?" Trust me, there were much more bizarre All-Star selections in 1999.  John Jaha anyone?

From the above-linked site (for those of you too lazy to click the link):

A fantastic season for Jaha in 1999 was highlighted perhaps by his first and only All-star appearance. Jaha struck out in his only at-bat, and participated in the Home Run Derby, where he hit one homer. He also holds the distinction of being the only person I've seen swing and miss in a homerun contest.

But it was a great season.


2005

John Jaha is now 39.

 

Anyway, I'm off track...and now listening to this late 90's great tune:

On July 16, 1999, the Royals were 35-52, a mere 21 games back.  Here is the box score of the first game of the twinbill, which pitted Kevin Appier (just before he was traded to Oakland) and Steve Woodward, who was somehow 10-5 at the time. The Royals lost 2-0, with the Brewers scoring on a Mark Loretta single and a Rich Becker RBI groundout that scored Jeremy Jeromy Burnitz, who had reached base after striking out (no, Olivo was not catching for KC that day--blame KC's six-hole hitter, Chad Kreuter.

Kansas City Royals           AB   R   H RBI   BB  SO    BA   OPS  Pit  Str   PO   A  Details
J Damon LF                    4   0   0   0    0   2  .295  .832   13   10    2   0   
J Randa 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 .322 .857 16 12 1 1
C Beltran CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 .299 .803 11 9 3 0
M Sweeney 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 .319 .890 11 8 8 1 2B
J Dye RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 .302 .888 9 6 3 0 GDP
C Kreuter C 3 0 0 0 0 1 .251 .721 8 5 2 4
C Febles 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 .283 .814 10 9 2 1 GDP
R Sanchez SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 .264 .653 5 4 3 4
K Appier P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 6 4 0 3
A Morman P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K Ray P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
J Giambi PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .720 6 4 0 0
Totals 30 0 4 0 0 6 95 71 24 15


...and the pitching line:

Kansas City Royals            IP     H   R  ER   BB  SO  HR    ERA   BF  Pit-Str  Ct·Sw·Lk   GB·FB·LD· ?   GmSc  IR-IS   LevI    WPA
K Appier, L (8-8) 6.2 8 2 2 3 2 0 4.83 30 105-67 51· 3·13 13·12· 6· 0 49 - 1.06 0.08
A Morman 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.81 3 10-6 5· 0· 1 0· 3· 3· 0 1-0 0.42 0.02
K Ray 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1 5-3 1· 0· 2 1· 0· 0· 0 1-0 0.36 0.02
Totals 8 9 2 2 3 2 0 34 120-76 57· 3·16 14·15· 9· 0 2-0

Yes, A. Morman and K. Ray. You should remember Ken Ray, since the Royals brought him back in the organization just a few years ago. But major bonus points if you knew who "A.Morman" was....or even what the "A" stands for.

But overall, that's about as good of a lineup as the Royals have had in who knows how long. Unfortunately, Woodward shut them down, only surrenduring three hits while striking out six in eight efficient innings (85 pitches-63 strikes). Bob Wickman picked up the save for the Brewers. *

*By the way, is the old school Brewers logo one of the best of all-time or what? I think I remember reading that a college kid designed as part of a contest back in the day. Embarrassing fact--I've always loved the logo...but up until a few years ago I just always saw it as a ball & glove...I had no idea that the glove was spelling out the team initials of "M" and "b". I was never good at those "3-D Crazy Eye" puzzles either. I always saw them backwards.

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Game Two of the doubleheader was a joyous occasion for the KC faithful. I mean this thing was a demonstration in pitching excellence. Before we get to the happy box score, I just want to list off all the the pitchers that appeared in this game. David Weathers is the best of the lot....and it's not even close:

KC pitchers: Dan Reichert (making his MLB debut), Brian Barber (would not play again in MLB after this season), Mac Suzuki, Ken Ray, Tim Byrdak (who is somehow in the majors again), Scott Service (he picked up 8 amazing saves for the Royals in '99).

 

Milwaukee pitchers: Scott Karl, David Weathers (still going strong--19 yrs in the bigs), Jim Pittsley* (yes, the same guy who was a 1st round pick of the Royals in 1992--this was the next-to-last appearance in his career.), Eric Plunk (one of the best-ever names for a pitcher...he was also in his final MLB season), Rafael Roque (who?)

*I remember thinking Pittsley was awesome when Interleague play first started because he ripped a double at Pittsburgh to propel the Royals offense one game--is it sad that I can remember an at-bat from 1997 from Jim Pittsley...the man who only had seven plate appearances in his entire career? **

**Further research tells me that this at-bat came in the Royals first-ever interleague game. So that's slightly less embarrassing....it's the answer to a trivia question!!!111 FYI...Pittsley struck out in his first at-bat, and doubled in his next AB vs. the immortal Francisco Cordova.

Ok, so simply by seeing the list (and amount) of pitchers that appeared in this game, you probably can guess how many runs were scored. Rather than post a lame box score, I'll try to re-enact the action for you. Close your eyes and take yourself to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, circa 1999! Here is another musical trip back in time to serve as the background music:


 

Kansas City started the young Dan Reichert, exactly two years to the day after he signed a contract ($1.45 M bonus) with the Royals as the #7 Overall Pick in the 1997 MLB Draft. Sadly, the first round of the 1997 draft produced nothing but busts for pitchers besides Jon Garland. Seriously. Look at the list. There are good hitters (V.Wells, JD Drew, Glaus, Berkman), but nothing for pitchers.

Reichert had shot through the Royals' system, being named a 1999 AAA All-Star (9-2 with 123 K's in 111.2 IP with a 3.71 ERA.) So even with the extended rest of the All-Star break, the Royals called him up and gave him a shot with the big club in Milwaukee. Sadly, it did not go as Dan would have liked.

He retired the first two hitters he ever faced (Valentin & Belliard), but then walked two guys (a sign of things to come) before striking out the aforementioned Burnitz. However, his MLB career was off to a successful start--no runs allowed!

The second inning did not do him any favors, however. Here is the rundown:

M. Grissom singles.
B. Banks lines out to deep RF. (catcher Brian Banks if you didn't know...I didn't.)
M. Grissom steals 2B.
S. Berry hit by pitch (another sign of things to come)
S. Karl walks. (yes, he walked the opposing pitcher)
J. Valentin walks, RBI. (one wheel comes off!!)
R. Belliard singles, RBI.
J. Cirillo singles, 2 RBI.
J. Burnitz flies out to RF.
G. Jenkins triples to CF, 2 RBI (both wheels come off!!)
M. Grissom singles (for the second time this inning), RBI.

....exit Reichert...enter Brian Barber for KC as pitcher...

Final Line for Reichert:

1.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K.  52 pitches, 22 strikes.
Somehow the Yahoo Music player picks an appropriate song for the occasion for ol' Danny Boy-- "....well I guess this is growing up....." (warning...F-bomb in the song at the 0:55 mark for those at work):


 

After it was all said and done, the Royals were down 7-0 going into the top of the 3rd.  According to the Baseball-Reference box score, the Royals had a 4% win expectancy after this inning. Thankfully, they weren't exactly facing Cy Young on the mound, because they would stage an all-time comeback. The seven-run comeback is the second-best in team history (happening seven times, most recently last season vs. SF in the Tim Lincecum game in throwback unis). Nine runs is the best comeback in team history. Anyway...here's how the comeback happened:

Top 3: After two quick outs, an error allows Beltran to reach 1B. Sweeney, Dye, and Randa all single (1999 Singles Train baby!!), scoring two unearned runs for KC.   MIL 7  KC 2

Top 5: Still trailing 7-2, Beltran starts the rally with a leadoff single.  Michael J Sweeney homers to make it 7-4.  Dye doubles, Randa flys out, Rey Sanchez singles, and then KC legend Tim Spehr* hits a three-run HR to tie the game a 7-7 and chase Scott Karl from the game!!!!!!!! ROYAL PRIDE!!! YOU GOTTA LOVE THESE GUYS! CATCH THE FEVER! MIL 7 KC 7 ...........47% Win Expectancy!

*I999 was an odd year for Tim Spehr--who was born in the KC area and was originally drafted by the Royals before bouncing around MLB and finally returning home for his final season...he had 10 career HR going into the season (in 469 career plate appearances), yet somehow managed to hit 9 dongs for KC that season--his last as a pro.

With a new ballgame at a 7-7 score, Dan Reichert was off the hook and the comeback was almost complete. However, David Weathers kept KC at bay (retiring pinch hitter Steve Scarcone....who?? He'd only get 9 more AB's in the majors after this game--this is a sad trend of guys making their only/final MLB apperances with KC).

*Another late 90's musical interlude to serve as the soundtrack of the story----another underrated one from this Yahoo player. Is it just me or does this song have a bit of the music from CBS' Masters coverage in it?


 

 


Bottom 5: The momentum was back with the Royals, but Mac Suzuki promptly entered the game and gave it up, retiring the first two batters, and then allowing five straight batters to reach base (two walks, three singles), scoring three runs for the Brewers. MIL 10 KC 7

Top 7 (Back down to 11% Win Expectancy): Weathers held down the KC offense, but he was eventually relieved by Jim Pittsley, who in a cruel twist of fate, had just been put on waivers by KC & picked up by MIL at the end of May 1999.  Joe Randa greeted the former Royal with a double, moved up on a fly ball, and then scored on a passed ball to make it a 10-8 defecit. After walking Tim Spehr (respect his power!) and uber-gritty Scott Pose, Johnny Damon singled to load the bases with one out for Carlos Febles.  Febles grounded to short, but Valentin booted it, allowing a run to score, keeping the bases loaded.

That was it for Pittsley, who gave way to Eric Plunk. He induced Beltran to hit a potential DP grounder to first, but a bad throw (I assume a bad throw to home that got away from the catcher? maybe a throw to 2b that ended up in the outfield?...maybe this year is payback for this bizarre comeback game with our inability to turn any type of DP on a grounder to first) on MIL first baseman Sean Berry allowed two  runs to score for KC. What are you thinking Sean Berry? You can't double up the gritasticity that is Scotty Pose and Johnny Damon!!   POSE & DAMON FTW!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111111111oneeeeeeeeeeee!  Sweeney hit into a DP to end the threat, but the Brewers were surely demoralized..........after six and a half........KC 11  MIL10.........62% Win Exp!

Now seizing the game's momentum, Tim "Shutdown" Byrdak recorded two 1-2-3 innings to take the game to the 9th with KC still nursing the slim 11-10 lead. 

Top 9: Jed Hansen (pinch-hitting...also in his final MLB season...the trend continues!) and Johnny Damon singled with one out in the 9th, and the FIFTH ERROR of the game for the Brewers (Beltran ground ball to Cirillo) allowed KC to plate an insurance run...which is vital when you're using Scott Service as your closer. KC 12 MIL 10

Bottom 9: Service makes a mockery of my mocking him, closing out the bizarre Royals victory in order...14 pitches.

WHERE'S THAT 4% WIN EXPECTANCY NOW MR. COMPUTER?

 

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Check out the carnage:

Kansas City Royals           AB   R   H RBI   BB  SO    BA   OPS  Pit  Str   PO   A  Details
J Damon LF 6 1 2 0 0 0 .296 .830 28 17 0 0
C Febles 2B 6 0 1 1 0 1 .280 .805 16 12 3 2 SB
C Beltran CF 5 2 1 1 1 0 .298 .799 23 14 3 1
M Sweeney 1B 6 2 2 2 0 1 .319 .896 37 24 7 1 HR,GDP
J Dye RF 5 1 3 1 0 1 .307 .895 25 14 6 0 2B
J Randa 3B 5 1 2 1 0 0 .323 .859 22 14 0 0 2B
R Sanchez SS 5 1 1 0 0 0 .263 .649 12 10 2 2
T Spehr C 4 2 2 3 1 1 .214 .740 22 10 5 2 HR
D Reichert P 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 6 4 0 0
B Barber P 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 1 1 SH
S Scarsone PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .183 .525 1 1 0 0
M Suzuki P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K Ray P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S Pose PH 0 1 0 0 1 0 .308 .764 7 3 0 0
T Byrdak P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J Hansen PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 .214 .710 4 3 0 0
S Service P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 45 12 15 0 3 5 209 129 27 9

Kansas City Royals            IP     H   R  ER   BB  SO  HR    ERA   BF  Pit-Str  Ct·Sw·Lk   GB·FB·LD· ?   GmSc  IR-IS   LevI    WPA
D Reichert 1.2 5 7 7 4 1 0 37.80 15 52-22 15· 0· 7 2· 7· 2· 0 14 - 1.19 -0.36
B Barber 2.1 2 0 0 3 1 0 6.97 12 57-34 18· 4·12 4· 4· 3· 0 1-0 0.28 0.03
M Suzuki 1 3 3 3 2 1 0 8.79 8 38-20 13· 2· 5 2· 3· 2· 0 0-0 1.42 -0.29
K Ray, W (1-0) 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 4 14-9 4· 0· 5 2· 2· 1· 0 0-0 0.45 0.02
T Byrdak, H (4) 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 9.00 6 19-14 5· 1· 8 2· 3· 2· 0 0-0 1.70 0.26
S Service, S (4) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.86 3 14-11 6· 1· 4 1· 2· 1· 0 0-0 1.31 0.10
Totals 9 13 10 10 9 4 0 48 194-110 61· 8·41 13·21·11· 0 1-0
Milwaukee Brewers             IP     H   R  ER   BB  SO  HR    ERA   BF  Pit-Str  Ct·Sw·Lk   GB·FB·LD· ?   GmSc  IR-IS   LevI    WPA
S Karl 4.1 10 7 5 1 3 2 5.05 26 117-74 52· 3·19 9·13· 7· 0 21 - 0.87 -0.30
D Weathers 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.97 6 19-13 7· 1· 5 3· 2· 0· 0 0-0 1.09 0.09
J Pittsley, H (3), L (1-3) 0.1 2 4 3 2 0 0 5.79 6 24-11 7· 0· 4 2· 2· 1· 0 0-0 2.02 -0.38
E Plunk, BS (1) 1.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.02 5 21-15 7· 1· 7 3· 1· 0· 0 3-2 1.77 -0.07
R Roque 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 5.69 6 23-15 7· 2· 6 4· 2· 0· 0 0-0 0.97 -0.07
Totals 9 15 12 8 3 5 2 49 204-128 80· 7·41 21·20· 8· 0 3-2

Link to box score

 

Surely this massive collapse was the focal point of the Brewers' fall from grace in 1999. Seriously Milwaukee? Five errors in a game? I don't think the Royals have done that this year with our hands of stone/inaccurate arms/quality defense. Phil Garner wouldn't survive another four weeks on the job, with the team going 9-15 in the following weeks. Who would go on to replace Garner and manage the team to a 22-27 record for the rest of the season? None other than the father of KC broadcasting legend Ryan Lefebvre.......Jim Lefebvre!
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HONORABLE MENTION PERFORMANCES

5 Years Ago: Dee Brown drives in five runs to lead KC to a win over the Twins and Brad Radke by a 12-3 score:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/KCA/KCA200407160.shtml

 

15 Years Ago: Wally Joyner goes 5-5, but Bob Milacki takes the loss to fall to 0-5 for KC, as they lose 13-7 to Detroit. Travis Fryman hits a grand slam for the Tigers:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/KCA/KCA199407160.shtml

 

20 Years Ago: Another high scoring game, as the 3rd place Royals fall to the Yanks in New York by a 10-1 score. Danny Tartabull collects two of KC's six hits, in a game that was called after the top of the 7th due to rain.  Terry Leach takes the loss for KC, but Bob Buchanan didn't help matters in relief, also giving up five runs. Greg Cadaret throws the 7 inning CG for the Yanks.

 

30 Years Ago:  No Game....All-Star break

40 Years Ago--Inaugural Royals Season: The very first KC Royals lose a 4-2 game to the California Angels, but sit in third place with a 39-53 record. Jerry Adair had two hits for KC, which got its two RBI from the starting pitcher (Jim Rooker) and a pinch hitter, Chuck Harrison.  Sandy Alomar (the original) led off for the Angels and had two hits and a  RBI. Andy Messersmith threw a CG for California, who apparently was very good....4th in the league with a 139 ERA+ in the 1969 season. He'd go on to be a four-time All-Star, win 20 games in a season twice, win two Gold Gloves, and finish in the top five of the Cy Young voting three times, finishing as high as 2nd (in 1974, though he lost to teammate Mike Marshall, who went 15-12 with 21 Saves...appearing in an whopping 106 games--all in relief...throwing 208.1 IP out of the pen!!!)

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CAL/CAL196907160.shtml

 

 

***Big Kudos to Baseball-Reference.com for being awesome and providing all the info. If for some strange reason you've never been there, it's time to do so! Cue tie-in to 90's song:


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