September 2007

Lineups: Manager Bell's Final Game

D20_9835 By now you know that it’s not just the final game of the season this afternoon, it’s the final game for Buddy Bell as the Royals Manager. The self-proclaimed “old-baseball” manager leaves his post with the club after more than two seasons. The Star’s Sam Mellinger did a long profile on Buddy in today’s paper – check it out if you haven’t already. Although Buddy will remain with the organization, it goes without saying that all of us with the Royals will miss him…D20_9841

We’ll post a wrap up of the final weekend after today’s game.

Looking for win No.70, the Royals turn to what they hope is a piece of the future when 2006 first-round draft pick Luke Hochevar (0-0, 0.93 ERA) takes the mound for his first start in the Majors. The division-leading Indians call on lefty Aaron Laffey (3-2, 4.87 ERA).

For the final time this season, here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
Gathright – CF
German – 2B
Butler – DH
Sweeney – 1B
Brown – RF
Gordon – 3B
Huber – LF
Phillips – C
Pena – SS
Hochevar – RHP

For the Indians:
Sizemore – CF
Cabrera – SS
Hafner – DH
Garko – 1B
Gutierrez – RF
Blake – 3B
Gomez – 2B
Michaels – LF
Shoppach – C
Laffey – LHP

Lineups: Moustakas at The K

D20_9402 First-round draft pick Mike Moustakas is back at the ballpark Saturday, but instead of donning a suit and signing autographs for fans, Moose wore a BP uniform and took some swings in the cage. Moustakas jumped into the first round of Royals batting practice today in front of players, coaches, staff, media and family. The 19-year-old, who will head back to Royals Instructional League in Arizona this week, is visiting Kansas City with his family as part of Futures weekend.

It’s Fan Appreciation Night at the ballpark Saturday for the Royals-Indians game, 6:10 p.m. first pitch. Royals right-hander Gil Meche (9-13, 3.69 ERA) makes his final start of the season, while Cleveland turns to Jake Westbrook (6-9, 4.32 ERA). Also, in case you haven’t heard, 2006 first-round draft pick Luke Hochevar (0-0, 0.93 ERA) is scheduled to make his first big league start Sunday for the club’s final game of the season.

Here are today’s lineups…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
Grud – 2B
Teahen – RF
Sweeney – DH
Gload – 1B
Gordon – 3B
Buck – C
Gathright – LF
Pena – SS
Meche – RHP

For the Indians:
Sizemore – CF
Cabrera – 2B
Hafner – DH
Martinez – C
Garko – 1B
Peralta – SS
Lofton – LF
Nixon – RF
Blake – 3B
Westbrook – RHP

Lineups: Davies vs. Sabathia

Well, here we are. The last weekend of the regular season. The division-leading Cleveland Indians are in town for a three-game set. Tonight, the Royals turn to Kyle Davies (3-6, 6.22 ERA), while The Tribe goes with C.C. Sabathia (18-7, 3.19 ERA). Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
Grud – 2B
Butler – 1B
Sweeney – DH
Brown – RF
German – 3B
Huber – LF
Buck – C
Pena – SS
Davies – RHP

For the Indians:
Sizemore – CF
Cabrera – 2B
Hafner – DH
Martinez – C
Garko – 1B
Peralta – SS
Lofton – LF
Gutierrez – RF
Blake – 3B
Sabathia – LHP

Minor Leaguers Visit NLBM

Signing1_adjusted_1It was “the future meeting the future” Friday morning at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo., according to Royals Farm Director J.J. Picollo.

Before heading to Kauffman to participate in Futures Night, 15 Royals minor league players (Royals starter/Omaha Pitcher of the Year Billy Buckner took the morning off) dropped by the NLBM for a tour and a meet-and-greet with some eighth grade students from Satchel Paige Elementary School. The players, who represent this year’s Royals Minor League Player and Pitchers of the Year, were introduced to the students as the “future” of the franchise. However, after the player intros, J.J. quickly pointed out that the guys were also meeting the future – the “future” of the community. Signing2_adjusted

Tonight, the minor league players will receive their awards, take in some batting practice and sign autographs for fans (5:15-6 p.m.) as part of the Royals Future Night. Thanks to NLBM’s Bob Kendrick, the NLBM and the students from Satchel Paige for showing the minor leaguers a Kansas City beyond Kauffman Stadium!

American Royal Reminder…don’t forget to come out and wave to Frank White tomorrow. The Royals Hall of Famer hits the parade route tomorrow as the American Royal Grand Marshal. The parade begins at 10 a.m. – click here to check out the parade route.

First Look: 2008 Home Schedule

Courtesy of Media Relations’ release this afternoon, here is a first look at our home schedule for next season…subject to change, of course:

2008 HOME SCHEDULE (Tentative)

Some notes from the home schedule:

  • Home Opener: Tuesday, April 8 vs. the New York Yankees – their only visit to Kauffman.
  • I-70 Rivalry: The Cardinals are in town for a three-game weekend series, June 27-29.
  • More Interleague: San Francisco (June 20-22) and Colorado Rockies (June 24-26) – first time visit for the Rockies.
  • Longest Homestand: Two 10-game homestands – the first from May 5-14 (Angels, Orioles and Tigers), while the second 10-gamer comes Aug. 1-10 (ChiSox, BoSox and Twins).
  • Holidays: We have only one holiday home game in 2008, hosting Baltimore on Mother’s Day (May 11).
  • End Home Schedule: Looks like we are ending 2008 on the road with our last home game of next season scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21 against the Chicago White Sox.

Fans Race in Hot Dog Derby

Dsc_1667 The “Dogs” are coming out to play this weekend at Kauffman Stadium.

The “wieners” have been selected and on Friday night, three lucky Royals fans will be the first fans to slip into the Kauffman Stadium Hot Dog Derby Racer suits!

The Friday racers will compete in the first of three LIVE Hot Dog Derby races that will take place this weekend – one race during each of the Royals final three games. Nine Grand Prize “Wieners” were selected for the event, which will highlight Fan Appreciation Weekend and should prove to be three of the most entertaining LIVE Hot Dog Derby races of the season!

To be selected as a Grand Prize “Wiener,” fans entered a sweepstakes online at royals.com. The entry form included the basics, but also asked fans to share with us the reason they wanted to race in the Hot Dog Derby. We thought we’d share some of a handful or two of the responses we received with you to get you pumped up for the big races:

• It’s my lifelong goal — or at least this year’s goal. – Kristie H.
• Because I love hot dogs! – Jennie S.
• I would love to be the big Wiener (Winner) in the hot dog race. – Mike C.
• I want to be a hot dog and run the race because my son would love it. We always choose a winner at the games and I know he’d choose me. – Holly B.
• I’ve always wanted to be a "K" hot dog ever since I was a little smokey! Now that I am older I want to show KC what I’ve got! – Keith A.
• It will be a blast! – Greg D.
• I am a high school teacher, and I would love to tell my students that I got to be a "wiener" in the race! – Denise K.
• I love HOT DOGS and the ROYALS! – Rosie M.
• I was never able to make it to the "show" with my baseball skills…so this is the next best thing. – Marc B.
• This would be so Awesome!!! I am going to start training now in case I am picked! – Sammi P.
• If you were a hot dog would you eat yourself? I know I would!! I’d be delicious! – Joe H.

As it stands now, Mustard with 28 wins holds a slim one-win lead over Ketchup (27 wins), while, unfortunately, Relish, who has just 23 wins, will be racing for only bragging rights. Off to the races we go…

Futures Night at Kauffman

Did you know a Royals minor leaguer led all pitchers in his league with wins this season? Do you know who that Royals minor leaguer is?**

Answer: Rowdy Hardy – the often-talked about Royals prospect – led Class A Wilmington in the Carolina League with 15 wins in 2007. He also finished with a 2.48 ERA and walked just 16 batters in 167 innings. Not surprisingly, the left-hander was named not only the Wilmington Pitcher of the Year, but also the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year.

Now, it’s no crystal ball, but the Royals Futures Night provides a pretty good look into what fans have to look forward to in the years to come. Last year, Alex Gordon, Zack Greinke, Mario Lisson, Carlos Rosa, Shane Costa and Rowdy – who took home the award last year for his pitching at Idaho Falls – were among the minor leaguers involved in Futures Night. This year, the list is just as impressive…

On Friday, Sept. 28, the Royals welcome Rowdy and the other award winners from each of the club’s eight minor league affiliates to Kauffman Stadium. Along with getting their Player and Pitcher of the Year awards, the minor leaguers will participate in a pre-game autograph session (5:15-6 p.m.) as well as a Q&A chat for fans from 6-6:20 p.m., all at Gate B. Then the group will take in some Royals baseball in the big league stadium they look forward to playing in some day soon.

Just to recap, here are the Minor League award winners for this season (check out their stats here) that will be at Kauffman Stadium this Friday:

  • OMAHA – RHP Billy Buckner and INF Mike Aviles
  • WICHITA – LHP Dusty Hughes and 1B Mike Stodolka
  • WILMINGTON – LHP Rowdy Hardy and OF Jose Duarte
  • BURLINGTON (IA) – RHP Mario Santiago and OF Joe Dickerson
  • IDAHO FALLS – RHP Greg Holland and 1B Clint Robinson
  • BURLINGTON (NC) – LHP Anthony Bradley and OF Wilson Tucker
  • ARIZONA – RHP Matt Mitchell and 1B David Wood
  • DOMINICAN – RHP Giancarlos De La Cruz and SS Angel Franco

ALSO…Another prospect that will be seen around The K this weekend: Royals 2007 First-Year Player Draft selection Mike Moustakas. Moose will be meeting fans at the autograph session on Friday as well as attending Saturday’s game. If you get a chance to meet him (and you should because tickets are still available), then give him a big KC welcome to the organization!

**Royals Report Trivia question…Interested in catching Royals trivia from this season and past seasons? Well, then sign up for the Royals Report email newsletter for trivia, insider interviews with players, exclusive ticket offers and more! 

Brrrr…It's Coat Drive Time

Coatdr_1 Clean out those closets, Royals fans, and bring us those coats that you can’t wear or don’t need any more! It’s the fourth annual Royals Charities Coat Drive this Friday, Sept. 28, and the Royals Wives will be out at Kauffman to collect new and gently worn coats. The coats are benefiting the Johnson County Christmas Bureau this year, which opens a holiday shop each winter for low-income families from Johnson County, Kansas.

With winter just around the corner, every coat – all sizes needed – helps a little! Here’s the rundown of the facts for this year’s drive:

FACTS OF ROYALS CHARITIES COAT DRIVE:

  • DATE: Friday, Sept. 28, 2007 – Royals vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:10 p.m. game
  • TIME: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Gates A, B, C and D of Kauffman Stadium – - Royals Wives will be at Gate B, while Royals Charities volunteers will be stationed at Gates A, C and D.
  • COLLECTING: New and gently worn coats in clean and good condition, coats of all sizes (men, women, boys and girls)
  • BENEFITS: Johnson County Christmas Bureau from Johnson County, Kansas

Guadalupe Centers Honor Royals

On the heels of the success of the club’s inaugural “Viva Los Royals” event, the Kansas City Royals are being recognized for all their work and contributions to the Kansas City Latino community this season.

The Guadalupe Centers, Inc (GCI) has named the Royals as the Business of the Year and will present the ball club with the award during GCI’s 21st Annual “Blanco y Negro” Awards Gala on Friday evening at the Marriott Muehlebach Hotel in downtown Kansas City.

On Friday, Sept. 7, the “Viva Los Royals” celebration at Kauffman Stadium raised more than $8,000 for the Guadalupe Center through ticket and T-shirt sales (Did you get your “Viva Los Royals” tee? They are still on sale in the team store…) and helped get the word out about this great organization.

Along with a strong presence at “Viva Los Royals,” Royals Charities also contributed to the Latino community with its third annual Royals Charities Back to School Drive on Aug. 8. The event, which collected school supplies before the Royals played the Minnesota Twins that evening, benefited Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo.

For more information on the “Blanco y Negro” Awards Gala or the Guadalupe Center, visit http://www.guadalupecenters.org.

Lineups: Royals Announce FanFest for 2008

Before the series finale against the White Sox today, we announced some pretty exciting news for Royals fans to look forward to: the 2008 Royals FanFest has been set for Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Overland Park Convention Center!

Royals FanFest will be an all-day Royals extravaganza where fans get up close and personal with current and former Royals as well as get a taste of the 2008 season from club management, updates on the Kauffman Stadium renovation project and much more! The event will be held in addition to our annual winter caravan around the region. This is the first of several announcements you can expect to see about the FanFest, so keep visiting royals.com and the blog throughout the off-season for additional info.

Alright, afternoon game with the ChiSox. Right-hander Zack Greinke (6-6, 3.88 ERA) gets the start for our boys, while Jon Garland (9-12, 4.47) takes a turn on the mound for Chicago. Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
German – 2B
Gload – 1B
Sweeney – DH
Gordon – 3B
Brown – RF
Gath – LF
Buck – C
Pena – SS
Greinke – P

For the White Sox:
Owens – CF
Cintron – 3B
Thome – DH
Konerko – 1B
Dye – RF
Podsednik – LF
Uribe – SS
Richar – 2B
Hall – C
Garland – P

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