Sanders Slugs Way into Spotlight
After stealing his 300th career base May 1, Sanders needs only three home runs to reach 300 career roundtrippers. When he does, he'll be only the fifth major leaguer in the 300-300 club, joining Barry and Bobby Bonds, Wille Mays and Andre Dawson. Sanders is also only five runs scored and 58 RBIs away from 1,000 in both of those categories.
Sanders' KC teammates say the accomplishments are great for him and the Royals.
"When you play with someone like that who has been around the game a long time and understands how to get it done and do the right things and, hopefully, just by his actions and some of the things he says, it will help," said Mark Grudzielanek, Royals' second baseman. "It will help the younger guys."
Even though this could be one of his most memorable seasons, Sanders is still focused on the team.
"As a player, what you think about is going out and helping a ball club and, hopefully, throughout that transition, you can accomplish things along the way," he said.
Sanders joined the Royals as a free agent this season, after spending the previous two years with their cross-state rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Those two seasons were the first Sanders spent with the same team in the past seven years, after playing one year each for Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Arizone, Atlanta and San Diego. He spent his first eight years in the National League with Cincinnati.