KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tonight will feature a tribute to Mike Moustakas for breaking the Royals single-season home run record of 36 set by Steve Balboni in 1985 and the record stood for 32 seasons.
The number of 36 home runs in a single-season is the lowest for any team in Major League Baseball and it’s shocking that this record lastest so long.
Regardless, the night belongs to Moustakas and it’s great to have this feat honored on Fan Appreciate Night. The fans will be able to take part and witness this moment at Kauffman Stadium.
Moustakas is in the final year of his contract and is set to be a free agent at seasons end. This year has been special for him not just for the home runs, which he has hit 38 so far, but he was an All-Star for the first time in his career being selected on the final vote by the fans.
Both himself and Eric Hosmer have accomplished team achievements throughout their careers. Reaching the World Series twice in consecutive years in 2014 and 2015, winning it in 2015. This year it’s been personal achievements together. Hosmer reaching 1,000 hits and 500 RBI. I asked Hosmer about both of them achieving goals this season together. “It means a lot. We’ve been through a lot together. We were in the minor leagues with the goal of becoming a big leaguer one day. Now he’s breaking franchise records. We’ve been teammates and I’ve got to watch it all the way through, so it’s really special and its gonna be a real cool moment for us.”
Kansas City will have a number of decisions to make during the upcoming offseason on not only Moustakas and Hosmer, but several other core players will be free agents. However, for tonight it’s “Moose’s” night for all teammates, the organization and fans to enjoy.