June 2009

Royals Hall of Famers raise awareness for ALS

ALS Willie Wilson.jpgThe 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech is this Saturday, July 4.  The Royals are joining Major League Baseball in the fight against ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”  Each MLB team that is at home on July 4 will host a reading of Gehrig’s farewell speech and all players will wear a “4♦ALS” patch in support of the cause.  Representatives from the ALS Association, ALS TDI, MDA’s Augie’s Quest and Project A.L.S. will be on hand at Kauffman Stadium.  

ALS Dennis Leonard.jpgRoyals Hall of Famers George Brett, Dennis Leonard, Frank White and Willie Wilson are taking part in the special reading of Lou Gehrig’s speech.  Dennis and Willie stopped by the office today to record their lines.  Here are some exclusive pictures!  Special thanks to Royals associates Ben Aken, Senior Director of Community Relations, and Chris DeRuyscher, Director of Event Presentation and Production, for their work on the video project.

To learn more about on the “4♦ALS” cause including opportunities to support the fight against ALS, please visit MLB.com.

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 30

Hochevar soaring to new heights

Many reporters were asking manager Trey Hillman what to make of all the fly ball outs by starting pitcher Luke Hochevar, who is primarily a ground ball specialist.  “Yeah, their sure were a lot of fly ball outs last night, what can I say, he’s locating all his pitches better, is really what it is.  It is very encouraging to see as a manager, he’s progressing and becoming more of a pitcher and less of a thrower, it happens at some point to most through maturity and development.” 

How’s everyone doing?

If it was up to Jose Guillen, he would be in the starting line-up tonight against the Minnesota Twins, but it’s not and he isn’t.  The good news is however, they both agree that in a pinch, Guillen’s services are available if need be.  So look for a well rested Jose Guillen in the later innings of the game to help out if needed, if not he is expected to be ready to start tomorrow against Glen Perkins and the Twins (1:10 pm).  Gil Meche had a very successful throwing session yesterday before the game, allaying any fears he or the coaching staff might have about his lack of velocity and consistency.  He is on track and scheduled to pitch tomorrow against Minnesota.   John Buck has been doing quite well with his rehab assignment, throwing the ball and batting without too much discomfort.  “There have been no setbacks to this point, John is moving along very well,” says Hillman.

Tuesday lineup: Royals vs. Twins

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – RF

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

T. Pena, Jr. – SS

Bannister – P

George Brett and Willie Wilson on Halter Top Day

Halter Top.JPGThe halter top is back – on July 4, the first 10,000 ladies will receive a Royals Halter Top, while the first 10,000 males will receive a Royals Classic Ringer Tee.  Saturday’s game starts at 12:10.  Buy your tickets today!

Royals’ greats George Brett and Willie Wilson recently sat down to discuss their memories of past Halter Top Days.  Here’s the video:

http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=5213029

Trey Hillman Media Session: June 29

.400?

Manager Trey Hillman was asked about Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer possibly being able to hit .400 for the entire season.  “He is an excellent hitter, man, I mean he is really good, but it is doubtful he will able to continue this pace for a full year,” said Hillman.  Trey stated, “There are just too many variables, an amazing amount of good things have to go right for something like that to happen again. The wear and tear of a season, playing enough games, injuries, the weather, staying healthy, all play a serious factor, it’s not just about your hitting ability,” said Hillman. 

Who’s on the mend and who isn’t

Royals outfielder Jose Guillen has been given the day off with a sore left side and his time off could be extended a day or two depending on how he feels tomorrow.  Gil Meche threw in the bullpen and everything should be good for his start on Wednesday.  Alex Gordon has been striking the ball well on his rehab stint in Arizona, the same can not be said for his ability to run and maneuver as of yet.  According to Hillman, he is, as expected, having considerable trouble planting his feet, running, and maneuvering in the field and on the base paths.  “He is having difficulty running, we all knew this was going to be a slow and arduous process, he is doing as well as can be expected, and when he comes back it is still going to take time, and there will be day’s where Alex will need time off,” says Hillman.

Monday lineup: Twins in town

The Minnesota Twins make their first appearance at the “New” K tonight.  Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – RF

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

T. Pena, Jr. – SS

Hochevar – P

Danny Duffy named to U.S. squad for Futures Game

Royals prospect Danny Duffy, currently a member of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, will play for the U.S. squad at the Futures Game, to be held on July 12 in St. Louis as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday.  The game will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 1:00 p.m. CT.

 

Duffy, KC’s second-round pick in 2007, is 6-2 with a 2.85 ERA this season.  He ranks fourth in the Carolina League with 66 strikeouts.  He pitched a scoreless inning at the California/Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday.

 

Current Royals John Buck, Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Zack Greinke and Luke Hochevar have represented the U.S. squad in previous Futures Games.  Buck was with the Houston organization when he played in the 2002 Futures Game.  Butler took home MVP honors in 2006, becoming the second straight Royal to do so after Justin Huber won in 2005. 

 

Catcher Miguel Olivo played for the World Team in 2000 while in the Oakland system and reliever Juan Cruz represented the World Team in 2001 while he was in the Cubs organization.  Right-handed pitcher Julio Pimentel, currently on the 40-man roster, played for the World squad in last year’s contest.

 

Congratulations to Danny on this honor and best of luck on July 12!

Thursday lineup: Series finale in Houston

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Callaspo – 2B

Guillen – RF

Jacobs – 1B

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

Bannister – P

Wednesday lineup

DeJesus – LF

Callaspo – 2B

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

B. Pena – C

Hernandez – SS

Maier – CF

Hochevar – P

Soria launches website


9-18 Soria.jpgRoyals closer Joakim Soria has launched his personal website,
http://www.joakimsoria48.com.  The website, written in both English and Spanish, offers fans a variety of information about baseball and Soria’s charities. Fans also have the opportunity to communicate with the “Mexicutioner” through the website in a variety of ways. 

 

Soria’s website focuses on pitching and conditioning tips. The website gives fans the option to e-mail Soria with questions, follow him on Twitter or join his Facebook fan page. “I’m excited to get closer to my fans and to promote my charity,” Soria said. Each article on the website can also be shared to link on your favorite social networking sites.

 

Soria is in the process of developing a charitable foundation to build baseball fields in Mexico in underprivileged neighborhoods. The foundation has yet to be named.

 

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