Remember That Time Lance Parrish Played For The Royals?
On this date in 1995, the Kansas City Royals signed 39-year-old catcher Lance Parrish to a free-agent deal. The eight-time All-Star had seen his role move to that of a back-up catcher by that time, but the Royals were looking for depth as Mike Macfarlene had signed a deal with the Boston Red Sox during the offseason.
Brent Mayne would move up to the starting role and it appeared Parrish would fight for a spot to help provide his baseball knowledge to the younger players.
However Parrish’s stint with the Royals would last until just April 22 when he was shipped to the Toronto Blue Jays. He’d appear in 70 games for the Blue Jays in ’95, before retiring from baseball in 1996 after not making the Pittsburgh Pirates squad. Â Instead he served as the roving catching instructor for the Royals during that season.
In 19 big league seasons Parrish batted .252/.313/.440 while hitting 324 home runs. He ranks 11th in most career games caught with 1,818 and is arguably worthy of the Hall of Fame. 10 years of his career were spent with the Detroit Tigers, with whom he a World Series title in 1984.
We all know Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda and Harmon Killebrew each spent a season with the Royals, but what other former star players can you remember spending just a brief amount of time with Kansas City?
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