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The most beloved Royals of all-time - Herzog/Howser brackets Sweet 16

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These votes are getting harder.

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The choices are getting harder as we move into the third round of a tournament of most beloved players in Royals history. We divided 64 players into four eras - The Herzog era (1969-1980), the Howser era (1981-1994), the Muser era (1995-2010), and the Yost era (2011-2019).

You can see how second round voting in the Herzog bracket went here and in the Howser bracket here.

You can still vote on the second round in the Muser bracket here, and in the Yost bracket here.

Vote for the most beloved Royals players in the third round of the Herzog and Howser brackets below. Voting will run through Sunday.

Herzog Bracket

#1 George Brett vs. #4 Hal McRae

Brett is a pretty big favorite in this, and he had no problem in Round Two, taking 97 percent of the vote against #8 seed Steve Busby. Hal McRae still has a lot of fans, as he took 75 percent of the vote in the second round against #5 seed Dennis Leonard.

Poll

Who was your favorite Royals player?

This poll is closed

  • 93%
    George Brett
    (932 votes)
  • 6%
    Hal McRae
    (69 votes)
1001 votes total Vote Now

#2 Amos Otis vs. #3 John Mayberry

Amos Otis was a five-tool player, but he had a close contest against beloved pitcher Paul Splittorff, probably due to Splitt’s TV appearances, with Otis getting 59 percent of the vote. One of the biggest players in club history - Big John Mayberry - took 61 percent of the vote against one of the smallest players in club history - Freddie “The Flea” Patek.

Poll

Who was your favorite Royals player?

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    Amos Otis
    (748 votes)
  • 24%
    John Mayberry
    (245 votes)
993 votes total Vote Now

Howser Bracket

#1 Frank White vs. #5 Dan Quisenberry

Frank was smooth on the field, and he glides into the Sweet 16, taking 87 percent of the vote against #8 seed Kevin Seitzer. Submariner Dan Quisenberry pulls off the upset, dominating with 81 percent of the vote against #4 seed Mark Gubizca.

Poll

Who was your favorite Royals player?

This poll is closed

  • 68%
    Frank White
    (687 votes)
  • 31%
    Dan Quisenberry
    (315 votes)
1002 votes total Vote Now

#2 Willie Wilson vs. #3 Bret Saberhagen

#10 seed Bo Jackson seemed poised to make a surprise run as a lower seed, but speedster Willie Wilson stops him in the second round taking 53 percent of the vote. Jeff Montgomery is well liked as a Royals broadcaster and closer, but it was Sabes taking 85 percent of the vote in round two.

Poll

Who was your favorite Royals player?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    Willie Wilson
    (426 votes)
  • 57%
    Bret Saberhagen
    (585 votes)
1011 votes total Vote Now

Tomorrow: The Sweet 16 - Muser and Yost brackets