November 2009

Royals to visit Fort Leavenworth and Lawrence on Wednesday

The Royals will salute members of the military and their families at Fort Leavenworth as well as greet fans in Lawrence, Kan., on Wednesday, December 2. 

Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White, Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Leonard and Royals outfielder David DeJesus will tour Fort Leavenworth prior to meeting families of deployed soldiers and presenting a Royals Charities donation of $25,000 to the Garrison Commander, COL Wayne Green.  The donation will be used in support of military families of deployed Service members.

Following the visit to Fort Leavenworth, the Royals will travel to Lawrence, Kan., where they will meet fans from 5:15-6 p.m. at Sunflower Broadband offices, located at 1 Riverfront Plaza.  The group will then attend the 7 p.m. Alcorn State vs. University of Kansas men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse on the KU Campus. 

A tentative schedule is listed below:

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Tour Fort Leavenworth

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Visit members of the military and their families stationed at Fort Leavenworth

4:00 p.m. – Present check to Ft. Leavenworth Garrison Commander, COL Wayne Green, at the Frontier Conference Center at Ft. Leavenworth

5:15-6 p.m. – Meet and Greet at Sunflower Broadband – Lawrence, KS (Hosted by Fox Sports Kansas City)

7 p.m. - Attend the Alcorn State vs. University of Kansas men’s basketball game

Friday autograph session at team store

Attention holiday shoppers…the Majestic Team Store at Kauffman Stadium will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.  This is your chance to get a new powder blue cap for the Royals fan in your life.  Royals alumni Willie Wilson, Kevin Seitzer and Willie Aikens will be signing autographs from noon to 2 p.m.  

Roster updates: Hulett traded, Pimentel released

The Kansas City Royals traded infielder Tug Hulett to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.  Hulett was designated for assignment on November 20.

The 26-year old hit .111 (2-for-18) in 15 games for the Royals in 2009 after being claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on February 19.  Hulett also represented the United States in the Baseball World Cup where he homered in the gold medal-winning game against Cuba.

In addition to the Hulett trade, the Royals secured Unconditional Release Waivers on right-handed pitcher Julio Pimentel, who is now a free agent.

Thanksgiving wishes from the Royals! (photos)

City Union Mission Frank 2.jpgAs the holiday season gets underway, we would like to recognize members of the Royals family who recently served a Thanksgiving meal at the City Union Mission.  Royals Hall of Famer Frank White, outfielder David DeJesus and former outfielder Les Norman were joined by Royals associates on November 11 at the Mission’s two locations.


City Union Mission Norman.jpgWhite and Norman helped to serve 100 guests at the Mission’s Family Center.  DeJesus’ team served meals to 300 guests at the Men’s Center.

City Union Mission DeJesus 2.jpgThe City Union Mission has provided warm beds, nutritious food and a safe place for thousands of poverty stricken and homeless men, women and children in the Kansas City area.  The Christian ministry receives no government support, but rather relies solely on support from individuals, churches, foundations, organizations and businesses.  Both of their locations are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  If you would like to help the City Union Mission, please visit http://www.cumission.org/ .

UPDATE – Read Dick Kaegel’s article on the City Union Mission and the Royals in the community here:  http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091121&content_id=7697714&vkey=news_kc&fext=.jsp&c_id=kc.

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Royals add a pair of minor league free agents

The Royals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Josh Rupe and outfielder Buck Coats to minor league contracts for the 2010 season.

The 27-year old Rupe has made 70 career appearances (1 start) since breaking into the big leagues with the Texas Rangers in 2005.  The 6-foot-2, 210-pound hurler is 4-2 with a 4.95 ERA, tossing 132.2 innings.  He made just four appearances in the Majors in 2009 while spending a majority of the year at Oklahoma (AAA).  Originally a third-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2002 Draft, Rupe tied for the Majors League lead in 2008 with 89.1 relief innings for Texas.  He and his wife, April, have a son, Tucker, and reside in Virginia Beach, Va.

Coats, 27, spent all of 2009 with Triple-A Las Vegas in the Toronto organization.  Coats also served as the primary leadoff man and centerfielder in Team USA’s run to the gold medal in the Baseball World Cup in September.  The left-handed hitting and right-handed throwing outfielder batted .302 with 33 doubles, three triples, six homers, 56 RBI and 82 runs scored in 117 games with Las Vegas this season.  He stole 25 bases in 32 attempts and drew 47 walks against just 64 strikeouts.  The Georgia native has appeared in 46 career Major League games with the Cubs (2006), Reds (2007) and Blue Jays (2008), hitting .193 (11-for-57).  Coats, the Cubs’ 20th-round pick in 2000, is married with one child.

Topps names Chris Getz to 2009 Major League Rookie All-Star Team

Royals infielder Chris Getz, acquired from the Chicago White Sox with infielder Josh Fields on November 6, has been named to the Topps Company’s 51st annual Major League Rookie All-Star Team for 2009.

Getz, a second baseman, was joined on the team by Giants’ first baseman Travis Ishikawa, White Sox’ third baseman Gordon Beckham, Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus, Marlins’ outfielder Chris Coghlan, Pirates’ outfielder Andrew McCutchen, Orioles’ outfielder Nolan Reimold, Mets’ catcher Omir Santos, Braves’ pitcher Tommy Hanson and Phillies’ pitcher J.A. Happ.

The 27-year old Getz batted .261 for in 107 games for Chicago, collecting 18 doubles, scoring 49 runs and stealing 25 bases in 27 attempts.  The left-handed hitter ranked tied for first among AL rookies in multi-hit games (28), third in triples (4) and stolen bases, tied for fourth in doubles and fifth in walks (30), runs and hits (98).  Getz’ 92.6 stolen base percentage (25-for-27) led the league (min. 15 attempts).  Defensively, his seven errors were tied with Toronto’s Aaron Hill for the fewest among second baseman in the AL. 

The Topps’ Major League Rookie All-Star team was initiated in 1959.  The Rookie All-Stars will each have a trophy on their 2010 trading card in Topps Baseball, with Series One due out in late January.

Royals’ right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister and infielder Mike Aviles were honored on the team following the 2007 and 2008 seasons, respectively.

Vote for Greinke and Butler in the TYIB awards

The baseball awards season is winding down…a few awards have yet to be announced and you can help decide the winners!  Royals Zack Greinke and Billy Butler are among the nominees for the This Year in Baseball awards at MLB.com.

Zack is up for the Starting Pitcher of the Year.  The A.L. Cy Young winner faces nine top notch candidates from across baseball, including N.L. Cy Young recipient Tim Lincecum.  Royals fans, let’s get the vote out for number 23!

Billy was nominated for the Unsung Star of the Year honor.  The 23-year old had a breakout season, with career bests in nearly every category.   His 51 doubles rank second in franchise history to Hal McRae’s 54 in 1977.  He became just the fifth player in Major League history to have 50 doubles and 20 homers in a season prior to the age of 24.  The others, you ask?  Hank Greenberg, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera!  Butler’s competition for the Unsung Star award includes eight promising position players plus pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies.

The voting runs through December 11.  Vote for Zack and Billy today!

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/awards/y2009/tyib/index.jsp

Win tickets in the Royals Holiday Gift Sweepstakes

The Royals have introduced the Royals Holiday Gift Sweepstakes at royals.com.  Three lucky Royals fans will take home a prize this holiday season, with the grand prize winner receiving a 9-Game Plan for the 2010 season.  9-game ticket plans offer flexibility in choosing the nine games, plus an option to add Opening Day, set for April 5 against the Detroit Tigers. 

 The grand prize winner will also receive a New Authentic New Era alternate powder blue cap, the same style of hat that the Royals will sport for home day games in 2010.  The second prize winner will take home a $50 Royals Gift Card and a New Authentic New Era alternate powder blue cap.  A Royals gift card is redeemable for merchandise at Kauffman Stadium Pro Shops and online at royals.com, single game tickets at the Kauffman Stadium box office and/or concessions at participating locations at Kauffman Stadium.  One third prize winner will receive a New Authentic New Era alternate powder blue cap. 

Fans must visit royals.com/holidaysweeps to enter the sweepstakes.  Registration for the Royals Holiday Gift Sweepstakes is open until 12:00 p.m. Central time on December 17, 2009 and is limited to one entry per person/e-mail address/household.  The contest is open to legal residents of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Colorado who are 18 years or older at time of entry.  A full list of official rules is available on the website.

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/holiday_sweeps.jsp

Royals sign pitcher Bryan Bullington to minor league contract

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington to a minor league contract for the 2010 season.

The former top overall pick of the 2002 Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched in the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 2009, mainly at the Triple-A level for Las Vegas.  The 29-year old did make four relief appearances for the Jays in April, compiling a 3.00 ERA in 6.0 innings.  The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was 3-1 with three saves and a 3.52 ERA in 28 relief stints for Las Vegas, striking out 43 and walking just seven in 38.1 innings.  Bullington is 0-5 with a 5.08 ERA in 13 games (5 starts) in his Major League career since breaking in with the Pirates in 2005.  He also spent time with the Indians in 2008.

The former Ball State University star was originally drafted in 1999 by the Royals in the 37th round out of Madison (Ind.) High School, but did not sign.  He is married with one child and currently resides in Mokena, Ill.

Royals set winter 40-man roster

The Royals today announced their winter 40-man Major League roster. The Royals have selected the contracts of infielder Jeff Bianchi, outfielders Jarrod Dyson and Jordan Parraz, catcher Manuel Pina and right-handed pitcher Blake Wood from the Omaha (AAA) roster.

To make room on the Major League roster, the Royals outrighted right-handed pitchers Devon Lowery and Doug Waechter to Omaha.  Both can elect free agency beginning tomorrow.  In addition, the Royals designated infielder Tug Hulett for assignment and requested Unconditional Release Waivers on right-handed pitcher Julio Pimentel.

Parraz, 25, was acquired by Kansas City from the Astros on December 11, 2008.  The right-handed hitter and thrower opened 2009 at NW Arkansas, batting .358 with 17 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 42 RBI and 35 runs scored in 64 games, compiling a .451 on-base pct. and .553 slugging.  After rehabbing at Idaho Falls (R) for four games, the Henderson, Nev., native hit .298 in 13 games for Omaha.

The 23-year old Bianchi, the 2008 Frank White Defensive Player of the Year, split his season between Wilmington (High A) and NW Arkansas, hitting over .300 at each stop with a combined 29 doubles, 70 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 28 attempts.  The Royals’ second-round pick in the 2005 Draft played mostly shortstop for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, batting .265 with 13 RBI in 17 games.

The speedy Dyson, 25, was Kansas City’s 50th round pick in the 2006 Draft.  The left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower opened the season at Burlington (A) before spending the final two and a half months of the season with NW Arkansas.  The center fielder hit .258 for the Naturals in 63 games, stealing 37 bases in 43 attempts.  The McComb, Miss., resident continued his season in the Arizona Fall League for Surprise, hitting .310 with two steals in 16 games.

Pina, 22, was acquired by the Royals from the Rangers organization on September 3 of this year.  The Venezuelan did not appear for NW Arkansas after the trade, but hit .259 for Frisco (AA) prior to the deal and was selected as the starting catcher for the South Division in the Texas League All-Star Game. 

The 24-year old Wood, the Royals’ third-round selection in 2006 out of Georgia Tech, was 2-8 with a 5.83 ERA in 17 games (13 starts) for NW Arkansas.  The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder also made three rehab appearances for Surprise (R).  Wood returned to the desert in October to pitch for the Surprise Rafters in the Fall League, going 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in eight games, including three starts.

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