Aaron Crow, Kansas City’s first-round selection in 2009, makes his pro debut today for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. Aaron was added to the squad after participating in the Arizona Instructional League.
The game begins at 1:35 Central/12:35 Mountain time. Follow along on MLB.com!
Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke picked up his third major offseason award today, being named the A.L. Outstanding Pitcher as part of the Major League Baseball Players Association’s Players Choice Awards. Greinke designated the cash prize associated with the award to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.
Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals took home the N.L. honor. Toronto’s Roy Halladay and New York’s CC Sabathia were the other finalists in the American League.
The Royals right-hander has already been named The Sporting News American League Pitcher of the Year and the American League “Bullet” Rogan Award winner as the A.L.’s top pitcher by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
The American League Cy Young award, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America, will be announced on November 17.
The Kansas City Royals have announced that Steve Foster will join the Major League staff as bullpen coach for the 2010 season.
Foster, 43, served in the same capacity for the Florida Marlins from 2007-2009. Under Foster and Pitching Coach Mark Wiley’s watch, the Marlins bullpen posted the ninth-best ERA in baseball in 2009 at 3.83. Prior to his time on the Major League staff, Foster spent two seasons as a pitching coach at Class-A Greensboro in the Florida chain. Foster has also served as a scout with Tampa Bay and worked collegiately as both a head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a pitching coach at the University of Michigan.
In his playing days, the right-hander made 59 Major League appearances for the Cincinnati Reds from 1991-1993, going 3-3 with a 2.41 ERA before several arm injuries derailed his career. He was a member of a dominant Reds bullpen that featured three pitchers known as the Nasty Boys – Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers. A 12th round selection of the Reds in the 1988 Draft out of the University of Texas-Arlington, Foster was a two-time all-state pitcher for DeSoto (TX) High.
Born in Dallas, Foster currently resides in Frisco, Texas. He and his wife, Cori, have two children: son, Casey, and daughter, Lauren. We welcome Steve to the club!
Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke has been named the American League Bullet Rogan Award winner by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The award, named after former Kansas City Monarchs ace pitcher and outfielder Charles Wilber “Bullet” Rogan, recognizes the top pitcher in each league. The St. Louis Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter took home the National League award.
All of the 2009 awards will be presented in January at the museum’s 10th Annual Legacy Awards, to be held at the downtown Convention Center. Congratulations to Zack!
It’s time to take a look at our Royals birthdays for October. Fans started calling newly crowned Sporting News A.L. Pitcher of the Year Zack Greinke’s starts “Greinke Day” and wishing other Royals fans a “Happy Greinke Day.” Today is the Happy Greinke Day - Zack turns 26!
Fellow celebrants include Judge Judy (67) and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (60). Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel was born on this day in 1833.
Royals Hall of Famer Fred Patek celebrated his 65th birthday on October 9. Celebrity birthdays include Sharon Osbourne (57) and Quantam Leap’s Scott Bakula (55). The late John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940.
Juan Cruz turned 31 on October 15. Juan shares his day with former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca (85) and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer (64). Cable chef Emeril Lagasse and former Dutchess of York Sarah Ferguson both turned 50.
Mike Jacobs wraps up our birthdays. Mike turns 29 on October 30. Other celebrants on the day before Halloween include Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick (70) and Henry Winkler. The Fonz will be 64. Around the Horn wishes Mike a happy birthday and two thumbs up!
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Zack Greinke (who turns 26 today, more on that later) has been named the 2009 Sporting News American League Pitcher of the Year. Greinke becomes the second Royals pitcher to win this award, joining Bret Saberhagen who took home the honor in 1989. A panel of 31 Major League Baseball general managers and assistant GM’s voted on the award.
Dating to Randy Johnson in 1995, the last 14 winners of this award have also been named the A.L. Cy Young Award winner, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
San Francisco Giants’ ace Tim Lincecum won the National League award.
The Sporting News plan to announce their Player of the Year and American and National League All-Star teams tomorrow. The Comeback Players of the Year and Relievers of the Year will be named on Friday. Previously, the White Sox’ Gordon Beckham and the Phillies’ J.A. Happ were named the 2009 Rookies of the Year.
Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare cancer that attacks the bones and soft tissue. David DeJesus had a cousin pass away from the disease last year. The Royals outfielder has since looked to raise awareness and provide support for those afflicted with sarcoma, which has a survival rate of just 30 percent.
On Saturday, DeJesus met 23-year old sarcoma patient Jennifer Steinmann at the Plaza Tennis Center. Jennifer was in town as a special guest at the USTA Pro Circuit tournament. David talked with Jennifer’s family and presented her with an autographed bat.
Fighting sarcoma is not new to Jennifer. She beat the disease in high school after being diagnosed at age 14. Jennifer went on to graduate from Creighton University in Omaha. She took a terrific job as a pediatric nurse at the National Institute of Health in Maryland. One day, she had a back ache – then she noticed a small lump. The cancer had returned. She battled through surgery and chemotherapy as tumors appeared in her lungs and on her spine. Jennifer continues to fight the struggles of sarcoma, though her prognosis has improved.
Jennifer played tennis as a youth and her interest in the sport has been an outlet during her cancer fight. DeJesus and the Steinmann family went out to the tennis courts after their initial conversation. Jennifer tossed the coin before one of the semifinal matches while DeJesus met with kids who had participated in a tennis clinic that morning.
An adult gathered the kids for a picture and introduced DeJesus simply as David. One of the kids exclaimed, “Are you David DeJesus, are you David DeJesus?” The easy-going outfielder smiled and said yes. He was on a tennis court instead of a baseball diamond, but it was clear that he was in another comfort zone – community outreach. He had made an impact on multiple fronts on a cool Saturday morning in Kansas City.
(Special thanks to Laura Fitzgibbons/ Fitzgibbons Photography)
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The Arizona Fall League season kicked off on Tuesday. Four Royals minor league player/pitcher of the year honorees are on the Surprise roster (David Lough, Mike Moustakas (at right), Brandon Sisk and Ben Swaggerty). The quartet is joined by Royals prospects Jeff Bianchi, Federico Castaneda and Blake Wood on a team that includes players from the Cardinals, Mets, Rangers and Yankees. You can follow all of the action on mlb.com. The official Twitter account for the AFL is
Thursday afternoon update – Mike Moustakas hit a 3-run home run in today’s game!
Royals infielder/outfielder Mark Teahen is a finalist for the Hutch Award for the second straight year. He is the only repeat nominee from last year’s group of 10 finalists. The honor is given to the MLB player who best exemplifies the spirit and competitive desire of Fred Hutchinson, a baseball player who passed away from cancer in 1964 at the age of 45.
Mark participates in numerous community appearances throughout the year and is the spokesperson for Kansas City’s Challenger Division baseball program.
The other nominees are Jonny Gomes, Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter, Mark Lowe, Mike Lowell, Nick Markakis, Kevin Millwood, Justin Morneau and Albert Pujols.
The Royals have had three Hutch winners (George Brett, 1980, Dennis Leonard, 1986 and Mike Sweeney, 2007). This year’s award will be the 45th. Mickey Mantle accepted the first award in 1965 and Boston’s Jon Lester was the 2008 recipient. Other recipients include Hall-of-Famers Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Al Kaline, Willie McCovey and Lou Brock.
For more information about the Hutch Award, including a full list of past recipients, visit www.fhcrc.org/hutchaward.
Congratulations to Joakim Soria, who has been selected as the winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for September! This Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.
Soria pitched in 12 games during September and converted each of his 10 save opportunities. He tossed 13.2 scoreless innings, and permitted 12 hits and five walks with 21 strikeouts. Soria was one of five pitchers with at least 10.0 innings pitched and no earned runs allowed in September. The 2008 A.L. All-Star recorded saves on three straight days on two occasions, from September 7-9 and from September 20-22. The Monclova, Mexico native nailed down 20 of his final 21 save opportunities in 2009 to finish the season with 30 saves, becoming the first Royal to post back-to-back seasons with 30 or more saves since Jeff Montgomery (1991-93). Soria finished the season third in the Majors among relievers (minimum 50.0 IP) with 11.72 strikeouts per nine innings (Jonathan Broxton – 13.50; Rafael Soriano – 12.13), and seventh in the American League in saves. Joakim went 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA, permitting 44 hits and 16 walks with 69 strikeouts over 53.0 innings pitched.
Other relievers receiving votes included Minnesota’s Joe Nathan (0-1, 3.77 ERA, 12 SV, 14.1 IP, 7 H, 7 BB, 18 SO); Mariano Rivera (2-1, 1.54 ERA, 7 SV, 11.2 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 11 SO) of the New York Yankees; Jonathan Broxton (0-1, 1.98 ERA, 7 SV, 13.2 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 21 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Cincinnati’s Francisco Cordero (0-2, 1.46 ERA, 10 SV, 12.1 IP, 11 H, 5 BB, 12 SO).