August 2009

Trey Hillman Media Session: Joe Mauer, Luke Hochevar

Mister .400?

It’s getting later in the season, we are almost into September and Joe Mauer is hitting .378, do you think he can bat .400?  Well, Royals manager Trey Hillman doesn’t quite think it’s possible in today’s baseball.  “Listen, I got to know this young man during the All-Star break, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy and no one is more capable, but I just don’t see it happening.  There are lots of games left in the season, the video these guys watch on each player is astounding, and let’s not forgot how often he is going to be pitched around.  It would be fantastic to see, but I would be shocked.”

Luke Hochevar

Hillman was asked what do we need to see from Luke tonight to get him back on track.  “What he needs to do is be more consistent with his command and locate his fastball effectively.  Luke needs to keep the ball down and induce groundballs, that is when he is dominant.  He knows how to attack hitters, he just needs to pitch where he knows he can in the zone.  These are bumps in the road that most professionals will go through, but he is growing as a pitcher.”

FSKC takes the booth outside

The FOX Sports Kansas City broadcast team will have their third “out of the booth” broadcast tonight.  Look for Ryan Lefebvre in left field near the DRI-DUCK seats, while Frank White will report from the Hall of Fame. 

Eddie Rodriguez to don Red, White and Blue

rodriguez_eddie_5457.jpgRoyals special assignment coach Eddie Rodriguez was named yesterday as the manager of the 2009 World Cup Team.  Rodriguez was the first base coach for the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team in 2000.  His staff includes former Royal Jamie Quirk, who will be the third base and bench coach.  USA’s hitting coach, Ernie Young, also had a brief stint with the Royals in 1998.

E-Rod and his club will begin pool play against Venezuela on September 10 in Regensburg, Germany.  Congratulations to Eddie on the tremendous honor of representing the United States at the World Cup!

Friday lineup: Twins in town

(DeJesus – LF)

(Maier – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – 3B)

(Olivo – C)

(Anderson – RF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Hochevar – P)

Wednesday matinee in Chicago

Good morning!  Zack Greinke goes to the mound in today’s rubber game at Chicago, which starts at 1:05.  This game is not televised locally.  Please tune in to the Royals Radio Network.

(DeJesus – LF)
(Bloomquist – RF)
(Butler – 1B)
(Jacobs – DH)
(Callaspo 2B)
(Teahen – 3B)
(Olivo – C)
(Maier – CF)
(Betancourt – SS)
(Greinke – P) 

Monday lineup: Royals on the South Side

The Royals are visiting the White Sox tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.  Be sure to tune in to FSKC or the Royals Radio Network for the 7:11 start.  Here’s your K.C. lineup:

(Bloomquist – 2B)

(Pena – C)

(Butler – 1B)

(Olivo – DH)

(Callaspo – 3B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Maier – LF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – CF)

(Bannister – P)


Royals sign Myers, Dwyer

The Royals today announced they have reached agreements with third-round draft choice Wil Myers (catcher) and fourth-round selection Chris Dwyer (lefthanded pitcher). 

The Royals selected Myers from Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, NC, with the 91st overall pick.   The 6’3″, 185 lb. receiver from Thomasville, NC, batted .532 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI as a senior.  A right-handed hitter, Myers was listed as the number two “Best Pure Hitter” among high school players by Baseball America in the publication’s draft preview.  Myers helped his team win the 2008 North Carolina 3-A State Championship.

Kansas City drafted Dwyer, a 6’3″, 210 lb. southpaw, out of Clemson University with the 112th overall selection.  Dwyer was the first eligible freshman selected from a four-year college since the institution of the draft in 1965.  A native of Swampscott, MA, Dwyer made 17 starts for the Tigers in 2009, finishing 5-6 with a 4.92 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 86.0 innings.  Dwyer finished his prep career with a 24-1 mark, including 7-0 with a 0.07 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 41.0 innings in his junior year.  He was 38-2 in four years as the starting quarterback for his high school football team, earning Boston Globe Player of the Year honors as a junior.

We welcome Wil and Chris to the organization and look forward to tracking their progress in the coming years!


Royals Concourse Auction – Friday, August 21

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Scorecard2.JPGOn Friday, Aug. 21, the Royals are hosting their fifth concourse auction of the season. The silent auction, located across from Rivals Sports Bar in the Outfield Experience, will be held from 5-8 p.m. and will benefit Royals Charities. Some items that will be available for fans to bid on include:

  • Autographed Kyle Davies jersey
  • Alex Gordon autographed baseball
  • Game-used bat and baseball cap autographed by Mark Teahen
  • Scorecard from Royals 2009 Home Opener Autographed by the April 10 starting lineup
  • Autographed Billy Butler and Ron Mahay No. 42 Game-Worn Jerseys from Jackie Robinson Day on April 15
  • An Authentic Clubhouse Chair autographed by Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer
  • Autographed Gil Meche game-worn jersey

…and more!

Be sure to stop by and bid on these unique baseball items!

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Vote for Butler and Teahen, K.C.'s Jefferson Award nominees

7-18_YMCA Challenger at Little K_IMG_3723.JPGThe Royals have nominated Billy Butler and Mark Teahen for the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Athlete, presented by All Stars Helping Kids, a national nonprofit founded by NFL Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott. You can “get in the game” and help Butler and Teahen win by voting on the All Stars Helping Kids website ( and via text message running through November 15th.

Butler and Teahen join other impressive nominees, including Steve Nash, Mia Hamm, and Venus Williams. Past winners of the Jefferson Award include Oprah Winfrey, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, and Bill & Melinda Gates.

Butler and Teahen have worked to serve families and youth in the Kansas City community through their philanthropy. Butler works with the Bishop Sullivan Center, the largest single site provider of emergency assistance in the local area, and created the Hit-It-A-Ton campaign aimed at feeding the hungry. Teahen has donated his time and service as a spokesperson for the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball, providing opporutnities for mentally and physically handicapped boys and girls to play baseball. 
You can vote online or via text message.  To vote for Butler text STAR7 to 55333. To vote for Teahen text STAR38 to 55333 (sponsored by AT&T and facilitated by Txtstation).

You can also nominate a local hero in your community for a regional Jefferson Award for Public Service.

Metrodome matinee lineup

Gil Meche is back on the mound today for Kansas City in the rubber game at Minnesota.  The first pitch is scheduled for 12:10.  Today’s game will not be televised locally.  Please tune in on the Royals Radio Network.

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Buck – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Meche – P)


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