The Kansas City Royals’; all-time hits leaders include five members of the 2,000 hit club. They are led by a Hall of Fame third baseman with more than 3,000 hits, George Brett.
1. George Brett: 3,154 hits
The Kansas City Royals’; all-time hits leader is Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett. An All-Star in 13 straight years and one-time American League MVP, Brett spent 21 incredible years in Kansas City from 1973 to 1993. He led the league in hits and average three times each and he owns the 15th highest hit total in Major League history. The career Royal owns a variety of team records including runs (1,583), doubles (665), triples (137), home runs (317), and RBI (1,595).
2. Frank White: 2,006 hits
Longtime second baseman Frank White spent his entire career in Kansas City from 1973 to 1990. White picked up five All-Star selections, eight Gold Gloves, and one Silver Slugger over 18 MLB seasons. In 1982, he posted career-highs of 156 hits and a .298 batting average.
3. Amos Otis: 1,977 hits
Five-time All-Star center fielder Amos Otis ranks third on the list of Kansas City Royals’; all-time hits leaders. Otis had seven 150 hit seasons for the Royals in the 1970s. He twice batted .300, registering a .280 average overall in 14 years with the team. Otis retired with a career total of 2,020 hits.
4. Willie Wilson: 1,968 hits
Sitting fourth all-time among the Kansas City Royals’; hits leaders is two-time All-Star outfielder Willie Wilson. Set in 1980, Wilson owns the Royals’; single season record with 230 hits. The speedy outfielder led the AL in triples five times and he remains the Royals’; all-time steals leader with 612 stolen bases. Wilson’;s career hits total sits at 2,207.
5. Hal McRae: 1,924 hits
Kansas City’;s designated hitter from 1973 to 1987, three-time All-Star Hal McRae racked up nearly all of his 2,091 career hits in a Royals’; jersey. McRae batted better than .300 six times including a career-high .332 average with an AL leading .868 OPS in 1976. He tallied 170-plus hits five times, reaching as many as 191 in 1977.
6. Mike Sweeney: 1,398 hits
Five-time All-Star designated hitter Mike Sweeney spent his first 13 seasons in the Major Leagues as a member of the Kansas City Royals. Sweeney posted the most recent 200 hit season in Royals’; history when he totaled 206 hits in 2000. His .299 batting average with the Royals is the third highest in team history and his .861 OPS as a Royal ranks second.
7. Joe Randa: 1,084 hits
Third baseman Joe Randa sits seventh on the list of Kansas City Royals’; all-time hits leaders. Over eight seasons in Kansas City, Randa batted .288 and reached base at a .340 clip. In 1999, he registered career-highs with 197 hits, a .314 batting average, and an OPS of .836. Randa wrapped up his career in 2006 with 1,543 total hits.
8. Freddie Patek: 1,036 hits
Three-time All-Star shortstop Freddie Patek manned the shortstop position for the Royals for nine seasons in the 1970s. Patek’;s game revolved around speed and defense. He batted only .241 with the Royals, but he stole 336 bases in 1,245 games.
9. David DeJesus: 971 hits
Before leaving the Royals following the 2010 season, outfielder David DeJesus reached ninth on the list of Kansas City Royals’; all-time hits leaders. From 2003 to 2010, DeJesus batted .289 for the Royals, twice eclipsing the .300 mark. He had three 150 hit seasons with one 100 runs season.
10. Billy Butler: 956 hits
First-time All-Star designated hitter Billy Butler passed Carlos Beltran to move into the top ten in 2012. Since 2009, Butler has cracked at least 170 hits per season while averaging more than 20 home runs per year. Through 853 games in the majors, he boasts a career slash line of .300/.362/.468 with 103 home runs.