Hometown Hero & Kansas City Royals Bust: Bubba Retires

A local legend gives up the ghost in October 2021 and calls it a career after his tenure with the Kansas City Royals never lived up to expectations.

Here's an excellent summary of his noteworthy baseball career . . .

Starling excelled as a three-sport athlete at Gardner-Edgerton High School in the Kansas City metro area. He was one of the top-ranked baseball draft prospects in 2011, and his hometown Royals made him the fifth-overall pick in the draft. Starling had multiple Division I offers to play football, but he turned them down to sign a $7.5 million bonus, the largest in club history.

Starling performed well in his first two pro seasons but struggled with high strikeout rates at higher levels. His speed and defense gave the front office hopes he could rise quickly to the big leagues, but his bat didn’t quite develop as they would have hoped, and some injury setbacks added further obstacles.

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Royals outfielder Bubba Starling announces his retirement

Royals outfielder Bubba Starling announced his retirement in a post on Facebook this week. The 29-year old played in 27 games with Triple-A Omaha this year, but left the team this summer to represent Team USA in the Summer Olympics in Japan, earning a Silver Medal.