Mike Aviles nearly hit for the cycle Tuesday night against the Twins. Who was the last Royal to get it done?
It's probably the name you expect, but surprisingly it has been 20 years since it happened.
George Brett hit for the cycle on July 25, 1990 against Toronto. It was the second time the Hall of Famer accomplished the feat, having also done in 1979.
He is one of four KC players to hit for the cycle. The others are Fred Patek (1971), John Mayberry (1977) and Frank White (1979, 1982).
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Cycles in the majors used to happen on a rare occasion, but they've been much more frequent in the past 20 seasons.
Since Brett's feat, 71 of history's 291 cycles have been hit, including eight last year and four in 2010.
Is Roy Halladay the longest tenured baseball player who will be making his playoff debut this year?
No, Halladay's Philadelphia Phillies teammate Mike Sweeney is.
Sweeney, who played parts of 13 seasons with the Royals, broke into the majors in Sept. 1995.
His 16 years of service puts him No. 1 on the list of active players. Halladay, who has won 169 career games, is in his 13th season, the previous 12 of which were in playoff-less Toronto.
Because of Sweeney's many injuries, he is actually fourth on the active leaderboard for most games without a playoff game behind Randy Winn (1,715), Mike Young (1,506) and Aubrey Huff (1,477) through Friday. Sweeney was at 1,452.
The career leaders in this category will likely not be touched since they played before many of the playoff expansions.
Ernie Banks (2,528 games) leads the game totals, while several players, including Hall of Famer Luke Appling, played 20 seasons without seeing the postseason.
Is it odd that the Minnesota Twins will be playing in the postseason in the first year of their new ballpark?
Not really. While the Twins reached the playoffs in both the last year of their old stadium, the Metrodome, and the first in their new one, Target Field, other teams have also played playoff games in a stadium's inaugural season.
Just last year the Yankees won the World Series in new Yankee Stadium, as did the Cardinals in new Busch Stadium in 2006.
With Target Field and Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park playing host to playoff games this month, only three stadiums will have not held postseason games: New York Mets' Citi Field (opened in 2009), Nationals Park (2008) and Pittsburgh's PNC Park (2001).
What's the record for most franchises managed to the playoffs?
Cincinnati's Dusty Baker tied the record this year by guiding his third franchise to the playoffs. He had also managed playoff teams in San Francisco twice and Chicago once.
He's the ninth manager to lead three franchises to the postseason, joining Bill McKechnie, Davey Johnson, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Billy Martin, Lou Piniella, Joe Torre and Dick Williams.