Leading off is an important role for a baseball team. For most teams, you have to set the table by taking pitches, drawing walks, getting on base, and stealing bases. For the Royals, you need to put the ball in play, make something happen, and magically help the team win games. The Royals have had a number of leadoff hitters over the year, with varying degrees of success. Some were speedsters, some were plodders, some could get on base, others could never steal first base.
Listed below are the 23 hitters who have spent at least 50 games in a season leading off for the Royals. How many can you name? Take a few pitches before you answer.