May 2009

Golf Tournament helps Special Olympics

The Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament was held on Monday at The National.  Current players, alumni, and staff took part, helping raise $28,000 for Special Olympics of Greater Kansas City.  Here are a few photos courtesy of team photographer Chris Vleisides.

 


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Fore!  Pitcher Kyle Davies enjoyed a day on the course.  Outfielder Mitch Maier shows the lefty touch on the green.  Maier’s team took the championship

 


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Here’s Royals third base coach Dave Owen congratulating a team member.  ATH heard that D.O. made some big shots.

Royals Hall of Famer/FSKC broadcaster Frank White and Joel Goldberg were mic’d up to tape features for the pregame show.

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Butler Golf.jpgFinally, first baseman Billy Butler was all smiles after his round as he spent some time with his daughter Kenley. 

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

Leading off

 

David DeJesus is leading off today, and Hillman said that it was an easy decision to make.  DeJesus had been in a slump, but he is showing signs of late.  Hillman said that the confidence is back in David’s approach.

 

It’s a marathon, not a sprint

 

The Royals are at the quarter turn of the season, and Trey Hillman assessed his club’s performance as “average” thus far.  He stressed that they must continue to get better, but is pleased with their willingness to learn.  Trey said that they need more sense of urgency.  He likes their focus, other than the six-game losing streak.

 

Blue in St. Lou

 

The I-70 series resumes this weekend in St. Louis.  Trey talked about how the series energizes both fan bases and how he hopes to see more blue in the stands in his second trip to Busch Stadium. 

 

Trey and his staff have been making preparations for Interleague play.  He and bench coach John Gibbons have studied possible double switches.  They are emphasizing that the extra players need to be ready to go in at any moment.  Kansas City pitchers have been working in the batting cages.  Hillman has been pleased with their athleticism.

Thursday lineup: Afternoon start for Zack

It’s a beautiful afternoon for a businessman’s special!  1:10 start with Zack Greinke on the hill.

DeJesus – LF

Callaspo – 2B

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

Aviles – SS

Greinke – P

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

Meche on the mend

Royals pitcher Gil Meche told manager Trey Hillman yesterday during batting practice that he physically feels the best he has felt in a long while.  Hillman said, “Gil always wants the ball, he makes no excuses, he’s a battler, but he has to be a little wiser this time around, he can’t keep pushing himself this hard.”

Ignition

What was the turning point last night with the comeback win against the Indians?  If you ask manager Trey Hillman, he’ll tell you, “It was the foul balls Mike Jacobs kept hacking at.”  Trey said, “It allowed our hitters time to see what we were working with, it gave us a chance to get our timing down.” 

Where everybody knows your name

Manager Trey Hillman was very excited about the turnout last night at Kauffman Stadium. “You have 25,000 people on a Tuesday night watching baseball, that makes these players dig down and search for something extra.”  He later said, “It really makes a difference, the adrenaline alone can make amazing things happen.” Later on the manager talked about what a positive thing it was to have that many people show up, not only just for Zack Greinke, but for Royals team itself.

Misc.

Joakim Soria played long toss today and it went very well.  He is going to be on a program in the near future that allows him to rest in between certain workouts, so not to over exert him too much.  He will stay on flat ground for now, hoping to gradually progress to throwing off the mound.  Mike Aviles awoke yesterday to no discomfort in his forearm and told Hillman he feels great.  With that good news, Aviles is in the starting line-up tonight against the Indians.

Wednesday lineup

Crisp – CF

Callaspo – 2B

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

DeJesus – LF

Buck – C

Aviles – SS

Meche – P

Greinke T-Shirt revealed, walk-off dramatics

What a win for the Royals tonight! It was loaded with big plays, from Miguel Olivo protecting the plate to a ninth inning that included Jacobs and Teahen going back-to-back, DeJesus tying the game with a triple, and Bloomquist winning it!

Check out the top plays here: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200905194638743&c_id=kc 

The other big news is the Zack Greinke T-Shirt unveiling.  The first 20,000 fans through the gates on Tuesday, June 16 will receive a t-shirt featuring the ace.  Get your tickets now!

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Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

Thanks for the support

Many reporters were asking Manager Trey Hillman what he thought about Royals great George Brett coming to his defense with regards to the media slamming him for some of his managerial decisions.  “I am very thankful that we have such passionate alumni and that I work in a very passionate baseball town,” Hillman said.  Trey went on to say, “For George to show such support, not only for me but for our club, really says a lot, I truly enjoy his compassion.”

Looking good Kyle!

Kyle Farnsworth has now worked 10.0 scoreless innings in his last nine appeareances.  So what can Manager Trey Hillman attribute this to?

“He’s just repeating his delivery better, that is basically it,” Hillman stated.  He also went on to say that he is utilizing his four and two-seam fastballs, plus he isn’t leaving his sliders up as much.  Trey also said there might be a different role down the road for Farnsworth if he continues to pitch at such a high level.

Misc.

Joakim Soria played catch today for the first time, and everything seemed to go along as planned.  He even said it felt really good, so there are no problems to report.  He will continue to be monitored, evaluated, and eventually begin throwing off the mound.  Mike Aviles is still day-to-day, they are going to turn up the pace starting today to see where he is at physically with his sore forearm.

T-Shirt Tuesday lineup: Indians at Royals

It’s a beautiful night for baseball!  The Royals are set to battle reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee and the Cleveland Indians.  The first 20,000 fans for the 7:10 start receive a t-shirt, so come on out to “The K.”

Crisp – CF

Callaspo – 2B

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Jacobs – DH

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Bannister – P

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

Welcome to America

Manager Trey Hillman had nothing but good things to say about today’s starting pitcher Koji Uehara, who played in Japan while Trey was managing.  “He is like the rest of the Japanese players, very professional, quite intelligent, and well educated in all aspects of the game,” Hillman said.  Trey stated, “He reads batters very well, he monitors the runners on base well, and he’s a good quality pitcher, we have to get after him.” 

MISC.

Shortstop Mike Aviles is still out of the line-up with a sore forearm, he is day-to-day.  With the off day coming up tomorrow, Hillman said, “Don’t expect anything new come Tuesday afternoon with our club.”

Sunday lineup

Bring the kids…we’ve got Build-A-Bears from the Kansas City Zoo for the first 10,000 fans 14 and under!

Royals lineup:

Crisp – CF

Callaspo -2B

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Teahen - 3B

DeJesus – LF

Buck – C

Bloomquist – SS

Hochevar – P 

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