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Kansas City Royals: All-time most home runs in a single season

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Kansas City Royals OF Danny Tartabull
Former Kansas City Royals OF Danny Tartabull. (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images) /

Kansas City Royals Single-Season Home Runs #9

Danny Tartabull – 31 (1991)

After their 1985 World Series victory, the Kansas City Royals went into a relative rebuild mode. Many believed the team would stay on top (or be back shortly). However, things didn’t work out that way. Very few of the new Royals acquisitions would end up working out. One player who did make his mark though was Danny Tartabull.

Tartabull’s ’91 season may be one of the most squandered performances in baseball history.

The Royals may have struggled through the late 80s and early 90s (and obviously for many years to come), but that wasn’t on Danny Tartabull. The young power hitter played his role well, providing Kansas City with a solid power source in the middle of the lineup.

In his five seasons in Kansas City, 1991 was definitely his best. 31 home runs, 100 RBIs, a 3.16 batting average, his only All-Star appearance, and finishing 12th in the MVP race. Not a bad year at all. Unfortunately, the rest of the team wasn’t playing up to that same level. Tartabull’s ’91 season may be one of the most squandered performances in baseball history.