I wanted to finish my piece for my ongoing series about making the Royals a contender, but I just couldn’t polish it off in time. You’ll have to wait another week for it. In the meantime, I wanted to put a cap on 2011 with some bullets (the easy way out) and facts about the season.

 

  • Using the weighted Batting Age from Baseball Reference, this Royals team’s offensive players had an average age of 25.8. That is tied with the 1969 Royals as the youngest team in franchise history.

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  • The Pitching Age was 26.4 making this the 7th youngest staff in franchise history. The 34 year old Bruce Chen was one of only 2 pitchers over the age of 30 0n the team. The other was Jeff Francis at exactly 30 years of age.

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  • 2011 was only the 4th year since 2000 that the Royals surpassed 70 wins.

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  • The young Royals piqued the interest of fans as they posted a 6.8% increase in attendance with 1.72 million fans. It was only the third time since 2000 that they have passed the 1.7m mark in attendance

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  • Melky Cabrera led the team with 201 hits. That is the 7th most hits in a single season in a Royals uniform. If he surpasses 200 hits in 2012, then he will tie George Brett for the most 200+ hit seasons.

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  • Jeff Francoeur led the team with 47 doubles. That’s the third best season in Royals history behind Billy Butler in 2009 and Hal McRae in 1977.

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  • Shortstop Alcides Escobar tied Frank White for the 2nd most sacrifice hits in a season with 18. He needed 3 more to tie the great Tom Goodwin in his magical out-making season of 1996.

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  • Billy Butler moved in to 20th place all-time by playing in 692 games in a Royals uniform.

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  • Butler has also made his way to 16th place in hits with 764 in his career. This season he passed guys like Mike Macfarlane, Lou Piniella, Mark Teahen and John Wathan. He also jumped up to 9th place in career doubles.

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  • Alex Gordon’s 23 home runs this season gave him a career total of 68 which is 17th in franchise history. That surpasses Johnny Damon, David Dejesus and Gary Gaetti.

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  • While Gordon did notch is 501st career strikeout, he still has 137 fewer than Bo Jackson in 319 fewer plate appearances.

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  • Felipe Paulino posted the 6th best single season strikeout rate for a starting pitcher at 8.59. Zack Greinke and Kevin Appier each had only one season better than that.

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  • Luke Hochevar moved into 21st place in career strikeouts with 387. That beats out Marty Pattin, David Cone and Tim Belcher.

Do you have any statistics or interesting things that happened this season to add to the list?

Nick Scott hosts the Broken Bat Single Podcast and writes a blog for the Lawrence Journal World. You can follow him on Facebook or email him at brokenbatsingle at gmail dot com.