December 2009

Royals sign outfielder Brian Anderson

The Royals announced today that the club has signed outfielder Brian Anderson to a one-year Major League contract for the 2010 season.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 27-year old Anderson, who bats and throws right handed, split his 2009 season between the White Sox and Red Sox.  The centerfielder was traded to the Red Sox on July 28 and proceeded to hit .294 with two home runs in limited duty down the stretch for the A.L. Wild Card winners.  The former first-round selection of the White Sox (15th overall) is a career .227 Major League hitter with 22 home runs in 335 games since making his debut for Chicago in 2005. 

Anderson, born in Tucson, Ariz., now resides in San Diego, Calif.

"Royals Fans Got Talent" auditions

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Anthem1.jpg Do you have what it takes to perform in front of 38,000 Kansas City Royals fans?  If the answer is yes, then this is your time to shine.  The Kansas City Royals are on the search to find talented individuals who can perform a breath-taking National Anthem and individuals who have the talent to entertain the fans pre-game and between innings.  If you have the skills to WOW the fans with your talent then come out to audition for Royals Fans Got Talent

Entertainment1.JPGEach participant will be given a maximum time limit of two minutes to perform his or her talent, including all set-up and break-down of all materials needed for the performance.  No pyrotechnics or offensive/volatile/harmful materials will be allowed at the audition.   Each participant will be performing on a strictly volunteer basis and understands that no compensation will be paid in connection with his/her participation.  Each participant must submit a completed, accurate and duly signed Application and Release Form.

Auditions will be held at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, March 6th, 2010.  Check-in will begin at 9:00am, and auditions will begin at 10:00am.  Select applicants will be chosen by the Royals to showcase their talents on the Sprint Main Stage at the 2010 Royals FanFest in January.  Make sure to fill out all the necessary paperwork to ensure your spot.  We look forward to seeing your talent!

Follow this link to sign up: 

http://royals.com/perform

 

 

 

Zack Greinke named Starting Pitcher of the Year by…….YOU!

Greinke Walking Off.jpgWay to go, Royals fans!  Zack Greinke picked up his fifth major offseason award today, being named Starting Pitcher of the Year in the 2009 MLB.com This Year in Baseball Awards (link)

Greinke, the 2009 American League Cy Young winner, headlined a field of 10 starting pitchers from both leagues.  He received 19.8% of the vote, edging San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum, the N.L. Cy Young winner, who picked up 19.6%.  New York’s CC Sabathia was third with 12.9% of the vote.  The award, voted on by over 12 million visitors to MLB.com, is one of 15 honors in a variety of categories.  A full listing of the award winners is available on MLB.com.

Greinke will receive a trophy in an on-field presentation during the 2010 season.  In addition to the Cy Young, he has also received recognition from the Major League Baseball Players Association, The Sporting News and the Negro League Baseball Museum.

Thanks for voting, Royals fans!  You made this happen!

Butler, DeJesus, Gordon greet kids at holiday party


Gordon_DeJesus_della lamb_7296.jpgThe Royals reached out to 60 area youth on Tuesday at the first Royals Charities Kids Holiday Party.  The event hosted kids from Della Lamb, Spofford Home, Guadalupe Centers, Inc. and Operation Breakthrough.  First baseman Billy Butler, outfielder David DeJesus and third baseman Alex Gordon all took part in the afternoon’s events.

Butler_kids_holiday_party_7155.jpgParticipants ate dinner, made ornaments, decorated cookies and visited with Sluggerrr.  Santa handed out gifts that were donated by front office associates.  The kids also took home a holiday stocking full of goodies.  DeJesus closed the party by reading “The Night Before Christmas.” 

 

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Royals re-sign Shane Costa to a minor league contract

Costa.JPGThe Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms with outfielder Shane Costa on a minor league contract for the 2010 season.  Costa will not receive an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Costa, 28, has been a member of the KC system since the club tabbed him in the second round of the 2003 Draft out of Cal State Fullerton.  He played in just one game in 2009 before a lower leg injury ended his season.  The left-handed hitting outfielder has a .254 career average at the Major League level since debuting in 2005.  Costa lives in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Royals announce 2010 Awards Night recipients

Awards night logo-2010.jpgThe Royals are pleased to announce the remaining organizational award winners for the 2009 season.  The honorees will be recognized at the 2010 Royals Awards Night, presented by James B. Nutter, on Thursday, January 14 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan.  Information on the event and the Budweiser Pre-Party, including how to purchase tickets, will be released in the coming days.

During the event, the Royals will recognize 13 honorees for their contributions both on and off the field in 2009.  Former Royals greats such as George Brett, Frank White, Willie Wilson and Paul Splittorff will be among the presenters in attendance.

Previously, the club announced the following award recipients as voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).  A.L. Cy Young winner Zack Greinke was a unanimous selection for the 2009 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year and Billy Butler was also unanimous as the 2009 Les Milgram Player of the Year.  Infielder Alberto Callaspo was named the 2009 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.

Adhering to tradition, the Royals will announce and present the Ewing Kauffman Mr. Baseball Award at the event. In honor of the club’s first owner, this award recognizes an overall contribution to baseball in the Kansas City area.

The remaining award recipients to be recognized at the event include:




medina.jpgLouie Medina (left)
, recipient of the Art Stewart Scout of the Year – recognizing an outstanding scout. Medina just finished his ninth season with the Royals, his second as special assistant to the general manager/player personnel.  He is being honored for his ongoing contribution to the professional scouting department and was instrumental in bringing All-Star closer Joakim Soria to Kansas City.



davis mark__1231.jpgMark Davis (right)
, recipient of the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development. Davis (right) has spent four seasons in the Royals system tutoring the pitchers at the rookie league level for Surprise (Ariz.).  The 1989 N.L. Cy Young Award winner pitched 16 seasons in the Majors, including a two and a half year stint in Kansas City.

Martie Cordaro, vice president and general manager of the Omaha Royals, is the recipient of the Matt Minker Award - recognizing an outstanding minor league affiliate employee.  Cordaro was recently among the honorees for the Midlands Business Journal “40 under 40″ recognizing entrepreneurs and business executives.


robinson clint_1711.jpgClint  Robinson (left)
, recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award - recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field.  The 24-year old first baseman, the Royals’ 25th-round pick in 2007, batted .298 with 13 home runs for the Blue Rocks.  Off the field, Robinson logged over 36 hours to Wilmington schools and camps as well as the local Children’s Hospital.  According to the Blue Rocks community relations staff, Robinson made himself available for each and every community appearance.


dyson jarrod_355.jpgJarrod Dyson (right)
, recipient of the Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top base runner. Dyson, 25, stole a combined 46 bases in 56 attempts for Burlington (A) and Northwest Arkansas (AA) in 2009.  The Royals’ 50th-round selection from the 2006 Draft swiped two more bases and hit .310 for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League and was added to KC’s Major League 40-man roster in November.


perez salvador_0940.jpgSalvador Perez (left)
, recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top defensive player. The 19-year old catcher spent time in 2009 at both Idaho Falls (R) and Burlington (A), throwing out one-third of all attempted basestealers (28-for-84).  Perez was signed as a non-drafted free agent on September 27, 2006.


Montgomery 07-28-09--067.jpgMike Montgomery (right)
, recipient of the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top pitcher. The Royals sandwich selection (36th overall) in 2008, the 20-year old posted a 2-3 record with a sparkling 2.17 ERA in 12 starts for Burlington (A) last season before his promotion to Wilmington (A Advanced).  The 6-foot-5 lefty continued his success for the Blue Rocks, compiling a 4-1 mark with a 2.25 ERA in nine starts.


lough david_511.jpgDavid Lough (left)
, recipient of the George Brett Hitter of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top hitter. The 23-year old outfielder had a breakout season in 2009, combining for a .325 average with 28 doubles, four triples, 14 home runs, 61 RBI and 19 stolen bases in stops at Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas.  The left-handed hitter and thrower was the club’s 11th-round selection in 2007.

In addition, the Royals will honor LeRoy Zimmerman with the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award –  recognizing an outstanding member of the community.  Zimmerman is a tireless volunteer who serves low income seniors in Kansas City’s urban core, often focusing on home repairs such as building wheelchair ramps, widening doorways and installing safety upgrades in bathrooms.  In addition, the Overland Park, Kan., resident is active in prison ministry and serves on the board of Metro Lutheran Ministry.

Royals sign former Twin Philip Humber to minor league deal

The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Philip Humber on a minor league contract for the 2010 season.  Humber will receive an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

The 26-year old Humber has spent the past two seasons in the Minnesota Twins organization after serving as a key figure in the five-player trade that sent pitcher Johan Santana to the New York Mets.  The 6-foot-4 right-hander is 0-0 with a 6.07 ERA in 18 career Major League appearances (1 start) for the Mets (2006-07) and Twins (2008-09).  He was 7-9 with a 5.34 ERA in 23 games (22 starts) for Rochester (AAA) in 2009 and also made eight relief appearances for Minnesota.  Born in Nacogdoches, Texas, the Mets’ first-round selection (3rd overall) in the 2004 Draft now resides in Carthage, Texas, with his wife, Kristan.

Jason Kendall: Gritty veteran

Kendall.jpgIndependence Day is usually filled with fireworks, barbecues and time with friends and family.  July 4, 1999 was not a celebration for Jason Kendall - it was a career crossroads. 

Kendall, who had turned 25 just eight days earlier, came into that day’s matinee against Milwaukee with a .335 average, fourth in the National League.  Kendall looked to maintain the mark by running out a bunt attempt.  What ensued was one of the most gruesome injuries in baseball history as Kendall dislocated his right ankle.  He underwent surgery the same day. 

Some athletes may not have returned from the injury.  Kendall did that and much more.  Twelve months and one week after the incident, Kendall started in the All-Star Game!  He went on to set personal bests in doubles and home runs while becoming the first Pittsburgh catcher to score 100 runs in a season.

Fast forward nearly a decade from Kendall’s banner season in 2000.  Critics are quick to point out that his speed has slowed a bit or that his batting average has dipped.  However, Kendall sees an opportunity to rebound, an opportunity to prove himself.  The voice on the other end of Friday’s teleconference had the exuberance of a rookie and the experience of a 14-year veteran. 

Kendall says that he sees the game differently now than when he broke into the majors.  He says it took him six to seven years to master the craft of calling a Major League game.  It’s not an easy thing to do and Kendall had an added advantage of growing up as the son of a big league catcher. 

The ability to call the game attracted the Royals.  General Manager Dayton Moore sees Kendall as one of baseball’s better game callers.  He sees good blocking skills and a batter who works the count.  Beyond those traits, Moore recognizes the intangibles that Kendall brings to the club: experience, a no-nonsense approach, an old-school attitude, a player who is respected by peers and coaches alike.  That makes Kendall someone who will, as Moore put it,  “shape the culture” of the catching philosophy in Kansas City. 

While the Royals were scouting Kendall, the catcher likewise kept an eye on Kansas City.  His dad, Fred, was the bullpen coach in 2006 and 2007.  The elder Kendall told Jason about the young group of players in Kansas City.  Jason has watched the Royals on MLB Extra Innings.  He sees the talent in the young players and believes that the Royals are ready to take the next step. 

Kendall spoke about his love for the game and a desire to give back to the game by mentoring Kansas City’s pitching staff.  He sees mentoring as his number one priority and is excited to catch Zack Greinke.  The veteran still carries the same determination that helped him return from the ankle injury.  That hard-nosed style of play should make him a fan favorite in the heartland.

John Buck, Josh Anderson non-tendered; Royals sign Bannister, Colon, Davies for 2010

The Kansas City Royals announced that the club will not tender 2010 Major League contracts to catcher John Buck and outfielder Josh Anderson.  In addition, the Royals also reached agreements with right-handed pitchers Brian Bannister, Roman Colon and Kyle Davies on Major League contracts for 2010, avoiding arbitration.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
               

Buck, 29, has spent his entire Major League career with the Royals after coming over in a trade from the Houston Astros in 2004.  He batted .247 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 59 games as KC’s backup catcher in 2009.
               

The 27-year old Anderson was acquired by the Royals on July 30 from the Detroit Tigers.  He hit .237 for KC with 12 stolen bases in part-time duty.
               

The 28-year old Bannister posted a 7-12 mark for Kansas City in 2009, his third season with the Royals, recording a 4.73 ERA in 26 starts.  He has recorded a 30-38 mark with a 4.79 ERA in 93 career games, 91 of which are starts.
               

Colon, 30, was 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA in 43 relief appearances for the Royals last season.  Acquired by Kansas City on July 13, 2007, he has an 8-10 career record with a 4.97 ERA over 116 appearances (8 starts) for the Braves, Tigers and Royals.

 

Davies, 26, compiled an 8-9 record and a 5.27 ERA in 22 starts for KC last season.  Acquired at the trading deadline in 2007 from the Atlanta Braves, Davies takes a 34-44 record and a 5.54 career ERA into next season.
               

The moves to non-tender Buck and Anderson currently place the Royals Major League 40-man roster at 38.

ROYALS SIGN JASON KENDALL TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT

The Kansas City Royals today signed catcher Jason Kendall to a two-year contract through the 2011 season.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 35-year old is a career .290 hitter with 376 doubles, 177 stolen bases and a .369 on-base percentage in 14 Major League seasons with the Pirates (1996-2004), A’s (2005-07), Cubs (2007) and Brewers (2008-09).  He was selected to the National League All-Star squad in 1996, 1998 and 2000 and has appeared in postseason play with the A’s (2006), Cubs (2007) and Brewers (2008).  Kendall has drawn 684 walks and struck out just 641 times in his career, joining Gary Sheffield, Chipper Jones, Brian Giles, Todd Helton and Albert Pujols as one of six active players to record more walks than strikeouts with at least 500 walks in his career.  The durable Kendall is the only catcher in the Majors to make at least 130 starts in each of the last eight seasons and currently ranks 10th on the all-time list in games caught (1,907) and fifth in games started behind the plate (1,872). 

The 6-foot, 192-pounder, in his second season with the Brewers in 2009, hit .241 with 19 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 43 RBI and 48 runs scored in 134 games.  He led the club with 17 hit by pitches and now has 248 in his career, good for fifth all-time.  Kendall recorded his 2,000th career hit on May 18 at St. Louis, becoming the eighth player in Major League history to record 2,000 hits with at least 1,000 games at catcher.  He is one of 19 active players to enter the 2010 season with at least 2,000 hits.

Born in San Diego, Calif., Kendall now lives in Pacific Palisades, Calif.  He has a son, Kuyper, and a daughter, Karoline.  Kendall is the son of former Major League catcher and former Royals bullpen coach Fred Kendall. 

We are about to sit in on a conference call with Dayton Moore, followed by a conference call with Jason Kendall.  We will bring you the details of those events.

 

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