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For a team that has won multiple Rookie of the Year awards, it seems odd that their most impressive rookie season would come from a player who didn't win the ROY Award. Kevin Seitzer finished second in the award voting, and would have won the award if his rookie season had been in almost any other season. He had the misfortune, however, of playing his first full season the same year as Mark McGwire, whose 49 home runs were too much for voters to ignore.
After playing first base in the majority of the 28 games he played in 1986, Seitzer moved to third base in 1987, and had one of the best offensive seasons in team history. He batted .323, leading the league in hits with 207. He also set Royals rookie records in games, hits, singles, extra-base hits, walks and total bases. Seitzer also hit a career high 15 home runs and drove in a career high 83 RBI's. Though he was denied the Rookie of the Year Award, he was rewarded with an All-Star selection.
Seitzer spent four more years in Kansas City, and his batting average and OPS dropped each season. Seitzer was released by the Royals prior to the 1992 season, and signed with the Brewers for a year. He then moved west to Oakland for one season, before returning to Milwaukee halfway through the year after Milwaukee released him.
During his second stint in Milwaukee, Seitzer had a career renaissance. He batted .314 in 1994, .311 in 1995, and .326 with 13 home runs in 1996, a season he split between Milwaukee and Cleveland. Seitzer spent a final disappointing season in Cleveland, and retired after the 1997 season.