Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

news

MLB News

Royals honor Moose for franchise HR mark

MLB.com @FlannyMLB

KANSAS CITY -- Prior to Saturday night's game against the D-backs, the Royals honored third baseman Mike Moustakas for his single-season franchise home run record (38).

General manager Dayton Moore, manager Ned Yost, first baseman Eric Hosmer and left-hander Jason Vargas participated in the presentation of a trophy and flowers. Moustakas' wife, Stephanie, and their young daughter, Mila, also were there.

View Full Game Coverage

KANSAS CITY -- Prior to Saturday night's game against the D-backs, the Royals honored third baseman Mike Moustakas for his single-season franchise home run record (38).

General manager Dayton Moore, manager Ned Yost, first baseman Eric Hosmer and left-hander Jason Vargas participated in the presentation of a trophy and flowers. Moustakas' wife, Stephanie, and their young daughter, Mila, also were there.

View Full Game Coverage

And to Moustakas' surprise, his father, Mike, was brought in by the Royals to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Tweet from @Royals: A special night honoring @Mooose_8 for his home run record. #RaisedRoyal pic.twitter.com/S1SiATX6yb

Yost said he knew Moustakas could become a big-time power hitter back in 2010, when Moustakas hit 36 home runs combined between Double-A and Triple-A.

Video: Must C Classic: Moustakas hits Royals' record 37th HR

"I remember thinking at the time that Salvy [catcher Salvador Perez] could hit 25-30 home runs," Yost said. "I thought [Hosmer] could hit 25-30. And I thought Moose could hit 25-35. So I was close."

And if Moustakas hit in a more homer-friendly park?

"He could hit 50 at some of these places," Yost said.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Kansas City Royals, Mike Moustakas