It seemed George Brett's batting title days had passed. Through June of 1990 he was hitting .256 and contemplating retirement. He persevered, rediscovered his swing, and hit a torrid .388 during the second-half. With a hit in the season's final game, Brett (.329) won his third batting championship making him the only player to win titles in three different decades.
After eight seasons, the only thing Bret Saberhagen had not done was throw a no-hitter. When he did on august 26, 1991 at Royals Stadium against Chicago, defense was key. In the fifth inning, a close call was ruled an error on Kirk Gibson to keep the bid alive. Saberhagen then retired 14 of the next 15 to add a no-hitter to his Royals resume.
George Brett put the finishing number on his already full National Baseball Hall of Fame resume by collecting his 3,000th hit. The magic plateau was reached in Anaheim not far from his boyhood home in El Segundo, CA. In typical Brett fashion, he hit the mark with dramatic style by posting a memorable four-hit game to end his quest.
Kansas City native David Cone began his career with the Royals and went on to have a storied career with several major league teams. But in 1994 he would win his sole Cy Young award during his return to his hometown Royals posting a 16-5 record with a 2.94 ERA in a shortened season.
George Brett took his rightful place among baseball's all-time greats when he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Brett's near unanimous vote (98.2%) was the third highest ever recorded at the time.
Jeff Montgomery continued Dan Quisenberry's tradition as a dominant reliever for the Royals and posted three All-Star campaigns for Kansas City. He finished his career with a Royals' record 304 saves. Montgomery was the first pitcher in history to reach the 300 mark having recorded all his saves with one team.
Carlos Beltran debuted late in 1998 and then took the American League by storm from the very start of his first campaign in 199. Beltran hit .293 with 194 hits, 22 home runs, and 108 RBI to win American League Rookie of the Year honors capturing 26 of 28 first place votes.