Sal Bomb - Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
Because it's cold and thinking about home runs makes me happy.
The Royals and home runs aren't exactly synonymous. Thanks to the magic of Baseball Reference Play Index and Greg Rybarczyk's Home Run Tracker there are plenty of ways to dissect the 131 home runs the Royals clubbed in 2012. Maybe this will jog your memory to an individual game or performance you enjoyed last summer. Or maybe it will scratch your baseball itch in the dead weeks prior to spring training.
We thought there would be so many more. How wrong we were.
At this point, he was just mocking us. Or angling for a five year contract extension.
The Royals went almost a full calendar year between grand slams.
I was kind of hoping Dayton would bring back Betancourt to see if he could move up this list. Not really.
Leadoff Home Runs
Alex Gordon - 2
Or "clutch" if you prefer. This list is amazing to me. First, you have Butler, who is great, even if his own General Manager can't see that. Fourteen of his 29 home runs either tied the game or gave the Royals the lead. The fact that The Yunigma makes this list amuses me. Then, there is the absence of Moustakas who finished second on the team with 20 home runs. Only six Moustakas home runs gave the Royals the lead in the game. All six came in the first or second inning in scoreless ballgames.
Four Home Runs in a Game
April 25 at Cleveland (Butler 2, Hosmer, Gordon)
June 24 vs St. Louis (Moustakas 2, Francoeur, Butler) - The Royals lost that game 11-8.
August 11 at Baltimore (Gordon 2, Butler, Perez)
Most Frequent Road Park
Camden Yards - 12
Jacobs Field - 10
US Cellular - 9
Target Field - 7
Angel Stadium - 7
The Royals had seven road games in Baltimore. They had nine each in Cleveland, Chicago and Minnesota.
Hopefully next year we manage to catch Quintana and Sale each time we play the Sox.
Chris Getz Home Run Tracker
1,025 - The number of plate appearances for Chris Getz since his last home run. It was hit on July 19, 2009 against Jeremy Guthrie.