June 2009

FSKC takes the booth outside

Ryan and Frank 1.jpgLast night, FOX Sports Kansas City announcers Ryan Lefebvre and Frank White left their normal perch on the broadcast level of Kauffman Stadium for a view from the Pepsi Party Porch.  Team photographer Chris Vleisides stopped by for a few pictures.  FSKC will be outside again on Sunday, this time broadcasting from the Bud Light Party Deck on the roof of Rivals in right field.  Look for Ryan and Frank on the Party Deck on Sunday as the Royals battle St. Louis!




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DRI DUCK seats sold out for Cardinals series

The DRI DUCK Fountain Seats are sold for the Royals-Cardinals
series.  Some scattered single tickets as
well as standing room tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday,
while seats are still available for Sunday. 
Standing room tickets are $10.  A
reminder – Saturday’s game is at 3:10 to accommodate a national broadcast on

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 17

Thanks for the Invite, Joe!


Tampa Bay
Rays manager Joe Maddon selected Royals
manager Trey Hillman to be on his
All-Star coaching staff for the All-Star game commencing in mid July. “It’s a
great honor, I am truly very appreciative to Joe for selecting me to be a part
of such a very special weekend,” Hillman said. 
Trey stated, “You don’t take stuff like this for granted, I am going to
enjoy every minute of this experience, opportunities don’t come around like
this that often.” He admitted he was quite surprised by the selection seeing as
how the two do not have a whole lot of shared experiences together.        


Injury Report


Robinson Tejeda has had no symptoms or irritation
in his rehab stint, and seems to be throwing the ball well without
discomfort.  Mike Aviles is still resting and monitoring his injured elbow and
within the next week there should be more of a consensus on his
availability.  John Buck is on a rigorously monitored throwing program that will
not go beyond light “backyard catch”.  Sidney Ponson pitched 2.0 scoreless innings for Omaha today in a 4-3 win over New Orleans.  Doug Waechter is currently
participating in multiple bullpen sessions down in Arizona. 
Alex Gordon is progressing nicely
with his rehab regimen, becoming more and more capable of being as mobile as he
needs to be.  He is still lacking in
lateral movement and encouraged to not try and do too much with regards to his
mobility.  Light ground ball workouts,
hitting the weight room, and some casual jogging make-up his daily workout

Wednesday lineup; Trey to All-Star Game

The All-Star Game is coming up on July 14, and today we found out that Royals manager Trey Hillman will help “Turn St. Lou Blue.”  Trey will be a coach for the American League!  Congratulations to Trey on this wonderful honor. 

Tonight is the “Summer of ’69” Retro Night with a special pre-game party in the Outfield Experience.  Select lower-level tickets are just $6, so come on out and watch Zack Greinke take on the Diamondbacks!

Here’s your Kansas City lineup for Wednesday:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

Greinke – P

Additional Draft Signings

The Royals inked 10 more players from the 2009 First Year Player Draft and also signed a pair of undrafted players…the draft picks who have agreed to join the organization include:

Mathiew White (#6 pick, righthanded pitcher, University of New Mexico);

George Baumann (#7, lefthanded pitcher, Missouri State University);

Benjamin Theriot (#9, catcher, Texas State University);

Brendan Lafferty (#18, lefthanded pitcher, UCLA);

Ryan Stovall (#19, third baseman, Thomas University, GA);

Marvin Cooper (#21, centerfielder, Belhaven College, MS);

Ryan Dennick (#22, lefthanded pitcher, Tennessee Tech University);

Scott Kelley (#23, righthanded pitcher, Penn State University);

Gabriel MacDougall (#27, left fielder, Lynn University, FL) and

Claudio Bavera (#33, Cochise College, AZ)

The Royals also signed undrafted players Jack Adams (righthanded pitcher, San Jose State University, CA) and Bryan Roberts (righthanded pitcher, Loyola Marymount University, CA)

To date, the Royals have signed 17 selections from the draft and inked 4 more undrafted players.  For the full list of draft selections and signings, follow  this link:


Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 16

From one side to the other


Gil Meche will be the first to tell you he did not have his legs under him at the beginning of the season.  On numerous occasions it was well documented that Meche’s stamina was becoming an issue and his style of working out was not conducive to his feeling comfortable or productive on the mound.  So now we come to find out that not only was changing his workout routine a contributor to his recent success, but he has also moved from one side of the rubber to the other.  “It is really helping him locate better, but to some degree it is also mental, everyone thinks a little tweak here and there can be monumental at times,” said manager Trey Hillman.  Hillman said Gil’s back feels much better, his stamina is regulated, and he is making some effective minor adjustments with pitching coach Bob McClure.




Hillman was very appreciative toward the fans with their continued support and encouragement through this tough five-week stretch.  “You saw the fan turnout this past weekend, how awesome was that, they continue to believe in us and that makes it that much easier to believe in ourselves,” said Hillman.  He stated, “We have absolutely not lost hope and to be reassured by your community that they have not lost hope in you either is pretty special.”  Sidney Ponson threw two successful bullpen sessions in the past five days and he quite possibly could be ready for a minor league rehab stint in the coming week or two.  

Greinke T-shirt Tuesday: Diamondbacks in town

Greinke_shirt[1].JPGArizona makes their first appearance at Kauffman Stadium since 2003 tonight.  A lot has happened since 2003, including a homecoming for our boss, Mike Swanson, who worked with the Diamondbacks from their start-up until early 2007.

Tonight is T-shirt Tuesday, and we have the most anticipated shirt in Kansas City!  That’s right, we have Zack Greinke shirts for the first 20,000, so get here early!





Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – CF

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Olivo – C

Jacobs – DH

Callaspo – 2B

Teahen – 3B

T. Pena – SS

Meche – P 

Gloves for Kids tonight at Dick's Sporting Goods, Town Center Plaza

Ryan Lefebvre and his Footprints Foundation will host Gloves for Kids tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 119th and Nall.

Fans who donate at least $20 toward new baseball gloves for underprivileged youth baseball players can receive autographs from select Royals players.  Fans who donate at least $20 will receive a $5 certificate for Dick’s Sporting Goods as well as a special ticket offer.  Sluggerrr will also be there!


Players scheduled to appear include pitchers Brian Bannister, Kyle Davies and Luke Hochevar; catchers John Buck and Brayan Pena; infielders Billy Butler, Tony Pena, Jr. and Mark Teahen; and outfielders David DeJesus and Mitch Maier.

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 14

Coco to the D.L.


Add Coco Crisp to the list of Royals players who are currently on the Disabled List.  The centerfielder went on the 15-day Disabled List today with a sore shoulder.  Manager Trey Hillman said, “We are going to keep him out until that shoulder fully heals, he can take as much time as he needs.”  In his place on the active roster will be Tug Hulett.  “He’s a good ballplayer, he can be very versatile for us,” said Hillman. 




John Buck has been up and throwing in the last couple of days, but that is about the extent to which he can participate in activities.  His back is quite sore and is need of constant and consistent rest.  Mike Aviles is still resting his elbow, and Sidney Ponson had another encouraging bullpen session. 

Sunday lineup

The Royals are looking for a sweep of Cincinnati today…1:10 first pitch.  Come on out to the game!  Today’s game is also on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network (980 AM in Kansas City).

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – RF

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Olivo – C

Callaspo – 2B

Teahen – 3B

Hernandez – SS

Maier – CF

Bannister – P


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