1983 Kansas City Royals season
|1983 Kansas City Royals|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||John Schuerholz|
(Denny Matthews, Denny Trease, Fred White)
|Local radio||WIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Farm system
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- 7 External links
- December 8, 1982: Tim Ireland was released by the Royals.
- February 5, 1983: Cecil Fielder was traded by the Royals to the Toronto Blue Jays for Leon Roberts.
|Chicago White Sox||99||63||0.611||—||55–26||44–37|
|Kansas City Royals||79||83||0.488||20||45–36||34–47|
Record vs. opponents
1983 American League Records
- April 1, 1983: Bombo Rivera was released by the Royals.
- July 6, 1983: Gaylord Perry was signed as a free agent by the Royals.
- July 22, 1983: Mélido Pérez was signed as an amateur free agent by the Royals.
- August 2, 1983: Eric Rasmussen was purchased by the Royals from the St. Louis Cardinals.
- August 5, 1983: Vida Blue was released by the Royals.
Pine Tar Game
Playing at New York's Yankee Stadium, the Royals were trailing 4-3 with two outs in the top of the ninth and U L Washington on first base. In the on deck circle, George Brett was heard remarking to a teammate, "Watch this baby fly" as he shook his bat. He then came to the plate and connected off Yankee reliever Rich "Goose" Gossage for a two-run home run and a 5-4 lead. As Brett crossed the plate, New York manager Billy Martin approached home plate umpire Tim McClelland and requested that Brett's bat be examined. Earlier in the season, Martin and other members (most notably, third baseman Graig Nettles, who as a member of the Minnesota Twins, recalled a similar incident involving Thurman Munson) of the Yankees had noticed the amount of pine tar used by Brett, but Martin had chosen not to say anything until the home run.
With Brett watching from the dugout, McClelland and the rest of the umpiring crew inspected the bat. Measuring the bat against the width of home plate (which is 17 inches), they determined that the amount of pine tar on the bat's handle exceeded that allowed by Rule 1.10(b) of the Major League Baseball rule book, which read that "a bat may not be covered by such a substance more than 18 inches (460 mm) from the tip of the handle."
|1983 Kansas City Royals roster|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|SS||U L Washington||144||547||129||.236||5||41|
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.