Kansas City Royals: Every Team Needs a Player Like Salvador Perez

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) - Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) - Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

Every Kansas City Royals game that ends in a win will have two things: An MVP and a Salvy Splash. Salvador Perez is a crucial player to Kansas City, on and off the field.

Whether it’s his postgame interviews or his smiles on the field, Salvador Perez has a character and an attitude that is priceless to any MLB player salary.

Along with his contagious happiness, Salvador Perez has three Rawlings Golden Glove Awards and three straight All-Star game appearances. As a catcher, Perez is one of the best currently playing in the league on both offense and defense, belting 22 home runs and batting  .247 last season.

The star catcher keeps hitting career highs in home runs each season, which is very promising for the Royals organization. He’s a tremendous asset on both offense and defense.

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Perez seems to always have a bright attitude no matter what happens during game time, which can neither be understated or overstated in value towards the KC Royals organization.

With the recent passing of Yordano Ventura, a positive attitude and a leading voice is what is needed in times like these, even if sometimes that voice is hard to understand.

In 2014, when the Royals finally made the playoffs ending a 29-year playoff drought it was Salvador Perez who carried them to victory in a thrilling Wild Card game against the Oakland Athletics, even though he had been hitless before that magical walk-off single.

That hit changed how Royals fans would view this team forever and will be one of the biggest hits in franchise history.

During the 2015 playoffs, Perez helped keep the line moving whenever the Royals offense got into a groove. He even was named World Series MVP after the boys in blue won it all in five games.

Salvador Perez is a player of magnificent talent caliber, but he is also a convincing player with his attitude. He is a motivator, and a comedian, and I believe Salvy was the attitude that helped everyone on the team feel the championship fever.

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His poise is like none other. While many people know about Gordo Nation at Kauffman Stadium, everyone knows or should know that Salvador Perez is the kind of guy that makes franchises. It’s this reason why Perez is a fan favorite to everyone in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Royals are fortunate to have him locked up to a long-term deal because Salvador Perez is the real deal.