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It's time to look to the future, we need some rookies!

It astounds me that this team has had no players make their MLB debuts yet this season.  The veterans haven't even had a true rookie to haze yet (Tug Hulett is the closest thing to a rookie we had, but he used up his official rookie eligibility last season).  Through the first 40 seasons of Royals baseball, there had only been 3 seasons where the Royals had reached this point in the season without somebody making their MLB Debut.  And all 3 seasons, the Royals were on their way to very good seasons (slight understatement for one of the seasons). 

  • In 1971, Lance Clemons became the first to make his MLB debut on August 12 -- the Royals would finish 85-76 in just their 3rd year of existence. 
  • In 1985, Bob Hegman made his debut (and only appearance) on August 8 -- as you old timers might recall, the Royals won the World Series that season. 
  • In 1994, the Royals had nobody make their MLB debut (however, Dwayne Hosey was on the active roster at the time of the baseball strike so he likely would have debuted in mid-August) -- the Royals had their last good team (unless we're counting 2003) and finished 64-51 -- just 4 games out of 1st.

Obviously, we have no reason to keep worthless veterans around this season, let's see what we have in the Minors -- even if it's apparent that there may not be much talent there either.  At least it's a lot more fun than watching these guys than the scrubs that definitely shouldn't fit into the future plans.  I can't imagine how frustrating it is for the players at AAA to see the MLB club struggling but "trusting the process" and waiting for the crappy guys in the big leagues to turn it around.

Here are the dates of the Royals first MLB debut for each season (along with the total number of players that made their MLB debuts for the Royals that season - this is accurate through the mid-90's, I could have missed a player or two from 1996-2005, I just glanced through those lists).

  1. 1969 - April 9 (Bill Butler & Juan Rios) -- 11 debuts
  2. 1970 - April 10 (Rich Severson & Ken Wright) -- 4 debuts
  3. 1971 - August 12 (Lance Clemons) -- 2 debuts
  4. 1972 - July 22 (Norm Angelini) -- 3 debuts
  5. 1973 - April 7 (Keith Marshall) -- 8 debuts
  6. 1974 - April 6 (Al Cowens) -- 3 debuts
  7. 1975 - April 11 (Rodney Scott) -- 5 debuts
  8. 1976 - May 26 (John Wathan) -- 4 debuts
  9. 1977 - April 7 (Joe Zdeb) -- 5 debuts
  10. 1978 - April 30 (Rich Gale) -- 6 debuts
  11. 1979 - May 9 (Renie Martin) -- 6 debuts
  12. 1980 - April 11 (Bob Detherage) -- 6 debuts
  13. 1981 - April 22 (Jim Wright) -- 8 debuts
  14. 1982 - April 20 (Kelly Heath) -- 8 debuts
  15. 1983 - June 14 (Cliff Pastornicky) -- 5 debuts (+ Duane Dewey & Russ Stephans - on active roster but did not appear)
  16. 1984 - April 4 (Bret Saberhagen) -- 4 debuts
  17. 1985 - August 8 (Bob Hegman) -- 2 debuts
  18. 1986 - April 14 (Dwight Taylor) -- 10 debuts
  19. 1987 - July 23 (Mike Macfarlane) -- 5 debuts
  20. 1988 - July 7 (Israel Sanchez) -- 6 debuts
  21. 1989 - May 30 (Matt Winters) -- 4 debuts
  22. 1990 - May 1 (Terry Shumpert) -- 11 debuts
  23. 1991 - April 14 (David Howard) -- 9 debuts
  24. 1992 - April 21 (Hipolito Pichardo) -- 5 debuts
  25. 1993 - April 7 (Phil Hiatt) -- 5 debuts
  26. 1994 - None (Dwayne Hosey on MLB roster before strike began on August 12 but did not appear in a game)
  27. 1995 - April 26 (Michael Tucker & Jon Nunnally) -- 15 debuts
  28. 1996 - April 3 (Sal Fasano) -- 5 debuts
  29. 1997 - April 2 (Jamie Walker) -- 12 debuts
  30. 1998 - June 3 (Mendy Lopez) -- 9 debuts
  31. 1999 - May 25 (Orber Moreno) -- 7 debuts
  32. 2000 - June 3 (Jeff D'Amico) -- 3 debuts
  33. 2001 - April 2 (Tony Cogan) -- 9 debuts (+ Cesar King - on the active roster but did not appear)
  34. 2002 - April 6 (Jeremy Affeldt & Miguel Ascencio) -- 12 debuts
  35. 2003 - March 31 (Rontrez Johnson) -- 8 debuts
  36. 2004 - April 5 (Shawn Camp) -- 15 debuts
  37. 2005 - April 4 (Mark Teahen & Andrew Sisco) -- 11 debuts
  38. 2006 - May 1 (Steve Andrade) -- 6 debuts
  39. 2007 - April 2 (Alex Gordon) -- 6 debuts
  40. 2008 - April 5 (Yasuhiko Yabuta) -- 6 debuts
  41. 2009 - NONE through August 3

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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