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October 5, 1999


Kansas City -- A potential Rookie of the Year winner. The second-highest RBI total in club history. Three players over 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored. The highest scoring team in Royals history. Two pitchers in the league's ERA leaders.

Those were the ups in Kansas City's 64-97 down baseball season.

Many young players emerged as potential future stars -- such as centerfielder Carlos Beltran, rightfielder Jermaine Dye, first baseman Mike Sweeney and second baseman Carlos Febles.

Offensively, the Royals appeared to be a team on the rise. Kansas City ranked fourth in the American League in team batting average at .282, the fourth-highest mark in club history. The team scored 856 runs, the largest total in the franchise's record books.

Dye led the output with career highs of 27 homers, 119 RBIs, 96 runs scored and a .294 average. He also led the league with 16 outfield assists, a team record.

Also, Dye's 44 doubles ranked sixth with Mike Sweeney on the Royals single-season charts and tied for third in the league.

Meanwhile, Beltran simply produced the finest Royals rookie season ever. The 22-year-old smacked 22 homers, 108 RBIs, 194 hits and scored 112 runs and added 27 stolen bases.

In addition, he added many spectacular catches and ranked third in the AL with 16 outfield assists.

Mike Sweeney flourished in his first season in a full-time role as a designated hitter-first baseman. He ranked tied for second with Dye in the AL in doubles with 44 and stayed in the top 10 in batting for most of the year before finishing with a .322 average. He also finished with 101 runs, 102 RBIs and 22 homers, joining George Brett, Darrell Porter and Beltran as the only Royals in the 100-runs, 100-RBIs club.

Sweeney, Dye and Beltran gave the Royals three 100-plus RBI players for the first time in club history.

Third baseman Joe Randa produced a career year in his return to Kansas City. After a slow start, Randa smacked 197 hits -- 5th all-time in KC history -- and fashioned a .314 average with 92 runs, 16 homers and 84 RBIs.

Leftfielder Johnny Damon looked to threaten the 200-hit barrier and the league's stolen base title before he was sidelined with a rib injury in early September. He still scored 101 runs, hit at a .317 clip, finished second in the league with nine triples and remained among the league leaders in stolen bases (36) and doubles (39).

Febles added spark on both sides of the ball with a flashy glove and high-energy effort on offense. Also hampered with an injury, Febles impressed in his rookie campaign with 20 stolen bases, 71 runs scored, 10 homers and 53 RBIs. His nine triples tied Damon for second in the league.

Shortstop Rey Sanchez posted a .294 average, knocked in 56 runs, scored 66 and stole 11 bases.

Two other rookies showed offensive flahses. First baseman Jeremy Giambi concluded with a .285 average and 34 RBIs. Outfielder Mark Quinn awed opponents in his September call-up with a .333 average, six homers and 18 RBIs in just 17 games to earn Royals Player of the Month honors in the month.

Jose Rosado and Jeff Suppan were the Royals' pitching mainstays. Rosado was fifth in the league with a 3.85 ERA and recorded a career high in wins with 10.

Suppan emerged as one of the league's solid starters with 10 wins and a 4.53 ERA. He ranked among the league's top 10 in ERA before fading late in the season.

Jay Witasick finished strong with a four-game winning streak and posted seven quality starts in his final eight games pitched. The right-hander notched nine wins.

However, the Royals' team earned run average of 5.35 was the worst in the club's history. KC was also last in the league in saves with 29.

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