February 2008

Truck to Spring Training

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The truck to Spring Training arrived at our temporary front offices by 8 a.m., and by 10 a.m., it was loaded up and headed off to the stadium to pick up the remainder of boxes, bags, baseballs, bats, etc. 2008_truck_loading_2Then, it is off to Surprise, Ariz….

Just a reminder…

We’ve already mentioned a few times that Manager Hillman (Did you catch his radio interview on 810 Sports this morning?), the coaching staff and several players have been in Surprise for more than a week participating in early camp. Next week, all the pitchers and catchers will report, while the remainder of the squad starts full workouts on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Greinke and Teahen Ink One-Year Deals

Our Media Relations department just announced that all of the arbitration-eligible guys on the team are now under contract. Here’s the release…

Kansas City, MO (Feb. 7, 2008) – The Kansas City Royals have signed right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke and outfielder Mark Teahen to one-year contracts for the 2008 season. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. With the signings, all of the Royals arbitration-eligible players are now under contract for 2008.

Greinke, 24, went 7-7 with a 3.69 ERA in 52 appearances, including 14 starts, in 2007. His 2.42 ERA following the All-Star break was third-best among all Major League pitchers with a minimum of 50 innings pitched.

Teahen, 26, hit .285 with 31 doubles, eight triples, seven homers, 60 RBI and 78 runs scored in 2007. The left-handed hitter made a successful transition from third base to the outfield, equaling Jermaine Dye’s franchise record with 17 outfield assists.

Dayton Moore Sightings

Before joining Manager Hillman and the players in Surprise, Ariz., General Manager Dayton Moore spent this past week in snowy Kansas City making the rounds around town – a final tour before leaving for Spring Training next week! Here’s the rundown of GMDM’s week of "hellos" around KC…

Tuesday Afternoon: Dayton spoke to the KC Metro Area Coaches Association at the Stadium Club at Kauffman Stadium, discussing how high school players can put themselves in a position to succeed both on and off the field.

Tuesday Evening: He then headed to Lucky Brewgrille in Mission, Kan., to speak with K-State athletic director Tim Weiser about college baseball and the pros.

Wednesday: After spending the day in the office, Moore dropped by 38 The Spot for a little Spring Training talk with host Jack Harry.

Thursday: Today, bright and early with coffee in hand, GMDM found himself at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Plaza, visiting with the influential Plaza Breakfast Club about the upcoming season.

Friday: And that brings us to tomorrow – when Dayton caps his week of speaking engagements with a return to the Stadium Club at The K to speak with advertisers from the KC Star. Then, it’s off to Arizona for Dayton (and most of his staff) as another offseason in Kansas City ends and a new season begins!

Getting Opening Day Tickets…

Here in the front office, nothing makes us crave the Royals home opener more than waking up to snow…again! We have a hunch that you feel the same way…so, as the snow continues to build up outside, we are giving you a chance to focus on Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium.

We just announced an Opening Day ticket opportunity, encouraging fans to register online for chances to secure tickets for our home opener on Tuesday, April 8. If you haven’t heard, we are hosting the Yankees to open the home schedule, which makes an already-popular Opening Day ticket even more desirable.

To be eligible for this new ticket opportunity, you can start registering today on royals.com and on Thursday, Feb. 28, a random drawing will take place to select the winners. The winners will then have the chance to purchase a pair of tickets to the home opener. If you register but aren’t an Opening Day lottery winner, you will still have the opportunity to purchase tickets to any other 2008 Royals home game through a special presale, which will run March 5 and 6 on royals.com. Pretty easy, right?

Royals_campers_1Of course, there are other ways to secure a ticket to the home opener. You can purchase a 21-game season ticket plan, which starts at just $168 per seat and are available now (psst…check it out!). Or, you can try and get in on the limited supply of Opening Day tickets that go on sale Saturday, March 8 at 9 a.m. However, that means you might need to be one of these Kauffman Stadium campers this year…and it was cold last year without snow on the ground.

So…bottom line: it doesn’t hurt to register online…right now! After all, there is snow on the ground in Kansas City, pitchers and catchers report to Surprise, Ariz., in a week, 610 Sports broadcasts the first Spring Training game on Feb. 29 and the 2008 season is getting closer each day…

Royals Celebrate Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Royals are pleased to honor the newest members of the Black Achievers Society of Greater Kansas City. Throughout this month, the honorees will be featured on the team’s official website, royals.com.

The Royals are proud to partner with the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to recognize local African American leaders in business and industry.

The mission of the Black Achievers Society is to actively respond to the educational, social, and economic needs of the community by providing role models for blacks and minority youth, and to share knowledge gained through academic and corporate experience. Originally formed in 1974, more than 400 recipients have joined this distinguished group.

The newest members of the Black Achievers Society include:

  • Dr. Andrea Hendricks, UMB Bank
  • Dr. Bonnie Barclay, Fort Dodge Animal Health
  • Marshaun Butler, MHSA, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
  • Shirley Cooper, Hallmark Cards
  • Donna Crosswhite, Sprint
  • Kevin Cullen, Sprint
  • Jairo De Jesus, Farmland Foods
  • Luevina Huskey, YRC Worldwide
  • William A. Johnson, Board of Public Utilities
  • Yolanda Marlow, YRC Worldwide
  • Carlton H. May, Honeywell, FM&T
  • Callie Merritt, Embarq
  • Carles Miller, Burns & McDonnell
  • C. Pete Peoples, YRC Worldwide
  • Derrick Robinson, Embarq
  • Patricia A. Thomas, M.D., M.A., FCAP, Kansas University Medical Center

Read individual bios for each new member here.

Quick Royals Notes: Upcoming Events

Sure, we might still be on the heels of FanFest, but this past week, we were busy nailing down dates for some other events you’ll be interested in…

ROYALS RELAY CHAT: Vice president-baseball operations/assistant general manager Dean Taylor is the next guest in the Royals Relay chat series – this Tuesday (Feb. 5) at 3 p.m. (CT). Taylor, who rejoined the Royals in June 2006, started his Major League career in the Royals’ front office and has a 1985 championship ring to prove it! Taylor – the sixth participant of the Royals Relay chat series – will discuss the upcoming season and what to expect from the 2008 club. Remember…to participate in the online chat, you neet to register here.

WELCOME HOME, ROYALS: Planning for the annual Welcome Home Luncheon is in full swing! Look for extended details soon, but for now, mark the popular luncheon down on your calendar for Wednesday, April 9.

BASEBALL ‘N BLUES: Royals Charities is bringing back the Baseball ‘N Blues gala this season – Thursday, June 26. This year’s event, which is scheduled to take place on the field at The K, will feature a live band, drinks, appetizers and more with all proceeds benefiting The Dream Factory. More details coming soon!

RC GOLF TOURNEY: Here’s just a mention of a new event that Royals Charities will also host this season: the Kansas City Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament at The National on Thursday, Aug. 7. We’ll have more information as we get closer to the date, but if you are an avid golfer and want to test your skills with current and former Royals, you might want to pencil in this date.

AND…SPRING TRAINING: We load the bus to Surprise, Ariz., at the end of this week. Spring Training is less than a month away…are you ready?

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