Ken Harvey (baseball)
|First baseman / Designated hitter|
March 1, 1978 |
Los Angeles, California
|September 18, 2001, for the Kansas City Royals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 18, 2005, for the Kansas City Royals|
|Runs batted in||126|
|Career highlights and awards|
Harvey played his rookie season in Kansas City in 2003. After an impressive first half of the 2004 season, featuring an early battle with Baltimore Orioles Melvin Mora for the AL lead in batting average, Harvey was selected as the Royals' lone representative in the All-Star Game. In interleague play with no designated hitter, the Royals played Harvey in left field in order to keep both Harvey and 1B/DH Mike Sweeney, their two most productive bats, in the lineup.
After struggling the second half of the 2004 season, Harvey found himself battling Calvin Pickering for his roster spot the following spring. After hitting .238 in spring training, the Royals sent Harvey to their Triple-A Omaha affiliate on March 29, 2005. In 18 games at Omaha, Harvey hit .375 with three home runs and 14 RBI and was recalled less than a month later on April 28. However, after playing in only 12 games, during which he batted just .222 with five RBI, Harvey was placed on the disabled list on May 22 due to recurring back problems. .
On December 8, 2006, Harvey signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins with an invitation to spring training. He opted for minor league free agency on November 3, 2007. In 2008, he played for the Kansas City T-Bones in the independent Northern League. He split the 2009 season between the T-Bones and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League.
Join Darin Erstad Baseball Coaching staff at University of Nebraska in June 2013 and was let go after quit after the 2015 season. He moved to Colorado to open a hitting facility. He quit that shortly after and moved to Lincoln. He is now working at Lincoln Racquet Club as a hitting instructor. He is also a "volunteer" baseball coach at Lincoln East for the varsity, making $7500 as a "volunteer."
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference