An all star in 1988, Stillwell spent nine years in the majors, hitting .249 with 34 home runs in 998 games. He broke in with the Cincinnati Reds in 1986 and was immediately a starter for the team, playing in 104 games as a rookie and 131 the next season. The Reds dealt him to the Kansas City Royals in 1988 and Stillwell enjoyed the best year of his career, posting a .251 average with a career-high 10 home runs and 63 runs scored. He remained the Royals starting shortstop until 1992 when he joined the San Diego Padres as a free agent. Stillwell’s stay with San Diego was brief. He moved to the California Angels the following season, then went back to AAA in 1994. He spent the next two years playing in the minors before returning to the majors in 1996 with the Texas Rangers. Stillwell hit .273 in 46 games for Texas before retiring at the end of the season.
Stillwell replaced Cal Ripken, Jr. as the AL’s shortstop in the ninth inning of the 1988 All Star Game. He did not register an at bat. The American League won the game 2-1.
Kurt Stillwell – career stats