Royals Star Dan Quisenberry Would Have Turned 60 Today
The Quis was so dominant in his day that he finished in the top three on the Cy Young ballot each season from 1982 through 1985. In 1984 he would finish third in the MVP race, ahead of such players like Don Mattingly (who batted .343), and Tony Armas (who hit 43 home runs ¬†with 123 RBI).
Unfortunately those under the age of 35 may not remember Quisenberry, but his legacy with the Royals is something fans from any generation know about.
It was spring training in 1980 when then Royals manager Jim Frey suggested that Quisenberry study pitcher Kent Tekulve and learn how to throw a submarine style pitch. All Quisenbery did was total 33 or more saves in five of the next six seasons (1981 was¬†strike-shortened).
For more on Quis, check out this brief youtube video -¬†http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV8T7Flt7EQ
Also of note, Endy Chavez, who signed with the Royals as a free agent on December 31st, turns 35 today. ¬†The 11-year major league vet started his major league career with the Royals in 2001 before being taking off waivers by the Detroit Tigers.
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