June 2006

Take a Look at RSTN.TV

If you have watched the Royals on television in the pastfour years, chances are you probably were watching the Royals Sports Television
Network
. The Royals created their own sports network in 2003 in an effort to
provide more games to fans in the team’s broadcast region. This year marked a first
for RSTN as it televised a pair of games for the Wichita Wranglers, Kansas City’s Double A affiliate.

RSTN has become much more than just the production of live
baseball games. RSTN produces weekly programming, including The Royals Insider,
a show hosted by long-time Royals announcer Fred White. Each week White takes a
look behind the scenes at Kauffman Stadium and offers interviews and highlights
of the players and staff. In addition to Royals Insider, RSTN is now producing
a kids program every other week during the season. The Blue Crew is a fun show
that features Royals mascot Sluggerrr and gives kids an opportunity to learn
more about the game of baseball.

For those that are tech savvy (and we know you are because
you are reading this blog), RSTN offers its own web site, rstn.tv. The site is
loaded with video highlights from the current season as well as top plays from
the 2004 and 2005 seasons. And, in case you have missed an episode of Royals
Insider or The Blue Crew, the site offers an archive of the shows. If you’re
not sure if RSTN is carried in your area, just check out rstn.tv to see a
listing of affiliates.

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RSTN.tv also offers fans a chance to interact with our
announcers. Fans can e-mail the broadcast booth and may even see their question
answered on the air. Even if the announcers can’t get to your question on the
air, they will do their best to get back to you. Some questions are included in
the RSTN mailbag, a new feature in 2006, where questions and answers are posted
on the site. If you have questions or feedback about our broadcasts, those are welcome
too.

It is also important that we acknowledge our production
partner for all of these games and shows as Metro Sports here in Kansas City does a fantastic job bringing the games to the viewers. Metro has some of the best
production facilities around and, more importantly, some of the best people
working for them. They do a great job.

So, if you have any questions about RSTN, please check us
out at www.rstn.tv. And be sure to watch the
next time the Royals are on TV.

 

 

 

 

Dayton Moore Will Be Stopping By

Around the Horn in KC is excited to announce that Dayton Moore will be stopping by for a Q&A session with our readers. Anyone can participate, by emailing your question to kcroyalsclub@yahoo.com. Dayton will answer the most requested topics and we will post his answers here on the site. If you can sign your emails with your name and city, that would be great!

Also, we probably won’t be able to do this on a regular basis, but I wanted to give you a look at tonight’s lineup since Joey Gathright has arrived and will be batting ninth and playing center field tonight.

PITTSBURGH

1) Jose Bautista, CF, 2) Jack Wilson, SS, 3) Sean Casey, 1B, 4) Jason Bay, LF, 5) Jeromy Burnitz, RF, 6) Freddy Sanchez, 3B, 7) Joe Randa, DH, 8) Jose Castillo, 2B, 9) Ronny Paulino, C

Pitching – Ian Snell (7-4, 4.71)

KANSAS CITY

1) David DeJesus, LF, 2) Mark Grudzielanek, 2B, 3) Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B, 4) Emil Brown, RF, 5) Matt Stairs, DH, 6) Mark Teahen, 3B, 7) Angel Berroa, SS, 8) Paul Bako, C, 9) Joey Gathright, CF

Pitching – Mike Wood (3-2, 4.69)

It’s probably also worth noting that changing center fielders has not been a common occurance in KC history. In fact, the Royals prestigious tradition in center field is nearly unmatched in baseball. Here’s a list of the top players in games played at centerfield. After just over a year, David DeJesus already ranks 7th on the list. (By the way, the years, listed are the years they led the club in games in CF).

Games Played in Center Field (CORRECTED)

  1. Amos Otis (1970-83), 1,793
  2. Willie Wilson (1984-89), 1,114
  3. Carlos Beltran (1999-2003), 751
  4. Brian McRae (1991-94), 606
  5. Johnny Damon (1996, 98), 405
  6. Tom Goodwin (1995, 97), 272
  7. David DeJesus (2004-06), 240
  8. Bo Jackson (1990), 88
  9. Bob Oliver (1969), 48

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NOTE:
Thanks for the great comments on this chart! A couple of our loyal readers mentioned that the original list was wrong for Amos Otis. For some reason, the original information from Stats, Inc. left off A.O.’s first 2 seasons, which accounted for 303 games in center field. For those wondering, Otis played 12 games in left and 42 in right during his career in KC, while Wilson played 635 in left and 9 in right.

Gathright Joining Royals

Well today marked an exciting day for the Royals in the clubhouse and in the front office as new General Manager Dayton Moore made his first trade and acquired the speedy Joey Gathright (he’ll wear No. 26 for KC) from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Royals also obtained second baseman Fernando Cortez and sent left-hander J.P. Howell to the D-Rays.

3058068For those unfamiliar with Gathright, he’s one of the fastest players in Major League Baseball as he has been clocked to run a 6.1 in the 60-yard dash. He is also on record with a 3.3 second time from home to first on a bunt, which is blazing fast! Gathright has struggled a little offensively
this season, hitting .201 (31-for-154) in limited time action for the D-Rays, but he is also 13-for-15 on stolen base attempts. His speed on the basepaths and in the outfield should be fun to watch.

Buddy Bell spoke with the media a couple of hours ago and said his initial plans are to play Gathright in center and move David DeJesus to left field. Buddy did not say where Gathright will bat, but said he would not bat in the leadoff position for now.

As for Cortez, Moore said they will decide what position he will play in the system. He was a ninth round pick in 2001 and voted the International League’s top defensive second baseman by Baseball America in 2005.

It’s probably worth mentioning the Royals also selected one of the fastest players in the draft in Derrick Robinson. The fourth round pick is a switch-hitting outfielder that ran a 6.19 in the 60-yard dash and was committed to play football for the University of Florida.

Former Players Travel Midwest as Part of Royals Alumni Caravan

Last week marked a first for the Royals organization as the Royals alumni unveiled their first-ever Royals Alumni Summer Caravan.

A group of six former players – Royals Hall of Fame members Dennis Leonard and John Mayberry along with former pitcher Al Fitzmorris, catcher Ed Hearn, pitcher Marty Pattin and infielder Greg Pryor – joined long-time broadcaster Fred White and Sluggerrr to travel the Midwest last week.

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As part of the four-day tour, the Caravan visited Clay Center, Kan., last Monday before heading into Nebraska. While in the Cornhusker state, the group made stops in Kearney, Hastings, York and Lincoln before returning to Kansas City on Thursday evening. Along the way, the group took part in golf outings coordinated by affiliates of the Royals Radio Network.

Perhaps the most rewarding part of the trip was the Alumni’s free instructional baseball clinics for local youth. The kids, numbered anywhere from around 75 to 200 per clinic, got to share the field with some baseball greats and get tips directly from the pros. The parents also had the chance to meet some of their Royals heroes.

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While the Royals Alumni participate in a number of activities throughout the year, last week’s trip marked the first official Royals Alumni Caravan event. The tour was organized as a supplement to the club’s annual winter Caravan, which will continue this coming offseason. Last winter, the Royals Caravan visited appeared at 50 events in 35 communities – and racked up a few thousand miles over the Midwest landscape!

Even though their time on the baseball diamond may be over, former players continue to be a huge part of the Kansas City Royals organization.  We look forward to continuing this Royal tradition and visiting more Royals fans during our future Caravan events!

Royals Prepare for Baseball 'N Blues Party

Friday was a busy day as anumber of individuals were getting ready for the Royals Charities Baseball ‘N
Blues party on Monday. The entire team will join co-chairs Dan & Penny
Glass for the sold-out event here at Kauffman Stadium. We will have dinner and entertainment,
along with silent and live auctions. Plus, we are really excited to be raising
money to help build the  Kansas City YMCA Challenger Division Baseball Park.

This baseball park will house
the first public field of its kind in Kansas City. It will allow
kids with physical or mental
disabilities the opportunity to play baseball on a special field designed to
overcome the barriers that normally keep them off the baseball field
.

The Challenger league
officially got under way earlier this year. Kids from all over the metro area get to play baseball with kids and
families in similar situations. Penny Glass joined us for one of their games on
Saturday. It was very rewarding to see the kids out hitting, running around the
bases (pictured) and giving high-fives when they ran home. For many kids, it
was their first chance to get a real ‘baseball jersey’ and be around others playing
the same game. We saw how badly a new field, with a specialized artificial
surface is needed. The kids in wheelchairs and walkers had a tough time getting
through the grass and the dirt (especially after all the rain the night before).

The Challenger Baseball Park will allow hese
kids to focus on the game and not the obstacles that come from playing on
uneven surfaces.

 

Seeing those kids’ smiles as they played made all the work that we have done
for the Baseball ‘N Blues well worth it. Friday the Royals set up the silent
auction room which includes over 100 sports, entertainment and luxury items
that will be up for bid. We wanted to
give you an insider’s view of some of the items.

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Here’s a photo of the
silent auction room. Some of the highlights of the auction include a Pepsi
Vending Machine, football signed by NFL Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, NASCAR
racing helmet signed by all the drivers in the 1996 Martinsville Speedway Winston
Cup Series Race (even the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr), gift certificates to
several KC restaurants everything from Frondizi’s to Chipotle, plus, a guitar
signed by all the members of U2!

 

 

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Dodge is sponsoring the
event, with help from Teva Neuroscience & Pyramid Contractors/Pridemaker
Apparel, plus a ton of other supporters. Fox 4’s Toby Cook is emceeing the event. All proceeds will benefit the Challenger Baseball Park.  We  are 
looking forward to helping these special kids, play ball!

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Royals Address Credential Situation

Welcome to the first official blog about the Royals, by theRoyals! The Royals are committed to using Royals.com to educate, inform and
entertain our fans. In response to fans wanting to know the real stories behind
a number of issues, we have created Around
the Horn in KC
just for you. Make sure to check this space frequently as we
will be providing inside information into the Royals organization on a regular
basis. We will use this forum to share our insight, thoughts and opinions,
while helping separate fact from fiction on the Royals and other pertinent
issues to the ball club. Be sure to share your thoughts and let us know what
you think!


With all of the media outlets in today’s world, stories often
take on a life of their own.  With that
in mind, fans should feel they can come to this site to separate fact from
fiction and hear the truth directly from the Royals. 

It is being widely reported that the Kansas City Royals
revoked the 2006 season credentials of two radio reporters last week for asking
tough questions. The Royals have never
stated this to be the case. The credentials were not revoked because someone asked
tough questions – we get those every day – but for reasons of decorum. The
tone, the abruptness, and the forcefulness of which their questions and added
commentary were presented, offended many at the news conference.

The Royals found that behavior to be particularly
disruptive of the introduction to the club’s new general manager, the intended
purpose of the meeting.

The Royals respect the journalistic obligations of the more
than 200 credentialed media personnel who have followed and continue to follow
the club. In performing their jobs, these
reporters have followed the unwritten rules of proper etiquette and
professionalism when asking questions.

One of the affected reporters has been quoted in the Kansas
City Star as saying the credentials were pulled, “obviously because of the
questions we asked at the Dayton Moore news conference,” later adding, “Maybe I
could have changed my tone in a more civil way.” In each case, station management/ownership
was provided with notice of the Royals concern about their reporter’s behavior
and of the pending action to be taken. Given several comments by media
personnel and others who attended the press conference, the Royals believe the
overall situation is now improved.    

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