Appier Selected To Royals Hall of Fame
KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Royals have announced that right-handed pitcher Kevin Appier has been voted into the Royals Hall of Fame. He will become the group's 24th inductee during an on-field ceremony prior to the Chicago Cubs versus Royals game at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, June 25.
Appier was elected in his first ballot appearance in a vote of living Royals Hall of Fame members, select media members, select Royals front office staff and Royals fans via on-line voting. To be eligible, players must have spent a minimum of three seasons with the club and no longer an active on-field member of the Royals for at least three calendar years. Candidates must be named on at least 75-percent of all ballots cast to be elected. Appier received 82.5-percent support.
Selected in the first round, ninth overall, of the 1987 June free agent draft by the Royals, Appier made his major league debut on June 4, 1989. The three-time Royals Pitcher of the Year was third in the 1990 Rookie of the Year vote and third in the 1993 Cy Young Award vote. He was also named to the 1995 All-Star team.
Appier pitched for sixteen major league seasons, thirteen of which were with the Royals.