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Omaha Royals 1988

American Association
President:Ken Grandquist
East Standings Wins--- Losses- GB Attended Manager
Indianapolis Indians 89 53 -- 293,721 Joe Sparks
Nashville Sounds 73 69 15 317,695 Jack Lind/Wayne Garland/Jim Hoff/George Scherger/Frank Lucchesi
Buffalo Bisons 72 70 17 1,147,651 Rocky Bridges
Louisville Redbirds 63 79 26 574,852 Mike Jorgensen
West Standings
Omaha Royals 81 61 -- 287,096 Glenn Ezell
Iowa Cubs 78 64 3 266,845 Pete Mackanin
Denver Zephyrs 72 69 8.5 357,003 Duffy Dyer
Oklahoma City 89ers 67 74 13.5 260,363 Toby Harrah

BA:Lavell Freeman, Denver .318
Runs:Billy Moore, Indianapolis, 88
Hits:Luis delos Santos, Omaha, 164
RBIs:Luis delos Santos, Omaha, 87/German Rivera, Denver, 87
HRs:Van Snider, Nashville, 23
Wins:Dave Johnson, Buffalo, 15
SOs:Norm Charlton, Nashville, 161
ERA:Dorn Taylor, Buffalo, 2.14


Omaha Royals 25th Anniversary Team
Luis Delos Santos led the American Association in hits and RBI's in 1988. He was named to the Triple-A All Star Team and was named the American Association Most Valuable Player. He made his major league debut in 1988 with the Kansas City Royals. In all he played in 39 games in the majors. He played for the Omaha Royals for four years from 1987-1990.

Buddy Biancalana returned to the Royals for the 1988 season. He had played in Omaha in 1982 and split time between Omaha and Kansas City in 1983 and 1984. He played for Kansas City in 1985 and 1986. In 1987 he was traded to Houston then released by Houston at the end of the season. He signed as a free agent and played for Omaha in 1988. He was fighting back problems all season but still averaged .248 and helped lead the Royals to the division championship.

After a strong 1987 season it was predicted that Gary Thurman would spend the 1988 season with Kansas City. After a stumble in spring training, he wound up splitting his time between Omaha and Kansas City in 1988 and 1989. In 1988 he played in 106 games in Omaha and averaged .251.

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