The Royals today announced an initial list of non-roster invitees for Spring Training. All 16 players are signed to minor league contracts for 2010. The list is as follows:
Bryan Bullington (RHP) – signed minor league contract on November 30
Adam Bostick (LHP) – agreed to terms today
Jorge Campillo (RHP) -signed on November 19
Bruce Chen (LHP) – agreed to terms today
Francisco Rosario (RHP) – agreed to terms today
Josh Rupe (RHP) – signed on November 27
Brad Thompson (RHP) – signed on November 20
Edwin Bellorin – signed on November 24
Cody Clark – re-signed on October 26
Steve Lerud – signed on December 6
Vance Wilson – agreed to terms today
Wilson Betemit – signed on November 13
Irving Falu – re-signed on October 23
Ernesto Mejia – agreed to terms on December 10
Buck Coats – signed on November 30
Scott Thorman – re-signed on October 6
The Royals announced a pair of roster moves before today’s Rule 5 draft. Kansas City released first baseman/designated hitter Mike Jacobs and left-handed pitcher John Bale. Jacobs hit .228 with 19 home runs and 61 RBI in 2009, his lone season with Kansas City. Bale went 0-1 with a 5.72 ERA in 43 relief appearances. He had been with the club since the 2007 season.
Kansas City then selected left-handed pitcher Edgar Osuna from the Gwinett (Triple-A) roster of the Atlanta Braves in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Osuna, 22, was named by Baseball America as having the “Best Changeup” in the Braves farm system following the 2008 season. The Mazatlan, Mexico native is currently pitching in the Mexican Winter League after splitting his season between Myrtle Beach and Mississippi in the Atlanta system.
The Royals currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.
A layer of snow covered outfield grass and the scripted “Kansas City Royals” lettering peeked through a dusting of winter precipitation atop the home dugout at Kauffman Stadium today. While winter is upon us, Spring Training starts in 67 days and the regular season opener follows on April 5! Fill your holiday stocking now with Royals season tickets!
Diners at Saturday’s Red Stocking Breakfast in Overland Park expected to see a few local celebrities…however, they may have been surprised to be served orange juice or coffee by Kansas City’s third baseman.
Alex Gordon and wife Jamie took part in the Kansas Children’s Service League’s benefit, which served 600 breakfast-goers and raised nearly $26,000 for child abuse prevention and education programs in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.
Thank you to everyone who came out to help the KCSL on Saturday! For more information, visit www.kcsl.org.
Last Friday, the Royals were on hand as the Johnson County Christmas Bureau opened their annual Holiday Shop. The JCCB is a volunteer, non-profit organization that serves nearly 2,600 low-income families each year. Third baseman Alex Gordon and his wife Jamie joined a team of Royals associates, led by Kevin Uhlich, Senior Vice President of Business Operations.
Associates were matched with shoppers, who picked out clothing, food and holiday gifts. Coats donated to the Royals Coat Drive in September were among the items distributed.
Uhlich assisted shoppers in the personal care section while Alex and Jamie helped in the toys section. Bicycles were a popular item and we spotted Alex rolling (and riding) bikes out to the shopper’s cars. He was asked to autograph a few of the new wheels.
Check back later for pictures of Gordon’s Saturday community visit in Overland Park.
Whitey Herzog, Kansas City’s manager from 1975-1979, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.
Herzog led the Royals to three straight division titles from 1976 to 1978. His 1977 club won 102 games, a Royals record. Herzog’s 410 regular season wins are the most in club history. He was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 2000. Herzog went on to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series win in 1982 and National League pennants in 1985 and 1987.
In a separate Veterans Committee vote, Royals founder Ewing Kauffman fell just short of election. Kauffman received 6 of 12 votes. 9 votes were needed for election.
Herzog is shown above congratulating 1977 Gold Glove winners Frank White and Al Cowens.
Royals Hall of Famers Frank White and Dennis Leonard joined outfielder David DeJesus for a visit to Fort Leavenworth yesterday. The group met with families of deployed soldiers, then presented a $25,000 check on behalf of Royals charities to the Garrison Commander, COL Wayne Green. The donation will be used in support of military families of deployed service members. It was a special day at Fort Leavenworth! Here’s a look:
The Royals have announced that tickets for the 2010 Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience are now on sale. The club’s marquee offseason event is set for Friday, January 15 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan.
Fans can kick off the new year in a major league way at Royals FanFest with more player appearances and autograph sessions, a Zack Greinke backpack giveaway, new interactive games for all ages, main stage programs and more.
Beginning today, fans may secure FanFest tickets by visiting www.royals.com/fanfest. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (816) 504-4040 or visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Online and phone orders are subject to applicable service fees.
Tickets purchased in advance will be available at discounted prices. Advance two-day passes are $18 for adults and $9 for youth (ages 6-17), while advance single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth. All kids age five and under will be admitted free. In addition, Royals 2010 season ticket holders will receive complimentary admission for Friday’s events.
Tickets will also be available at the Overland Park Convention Center on the days of the event. For a complete listing of prices and purchase options as well as updated information on players scheduled to appear and event programming, visit www.royals.com/fanfest. The website currently features a VIP FanFest Sweepstakes, which will run through Wednesday, January 6. One winner, along with three guests, will be selected to win a Royals prize package and an exclusive meet-and-greet with a Royals player during FanFest.
Since debuting in 2008, the popular two-day event has welcomed nearly 20,000 fans and raised more than $200,000 for Royals Charities.
In addition to Royals FanFest, the club will also be hosting Royals Awards Night presented by James B. Nutter on Thursday, January 14 at the Overland Park Convention Center. A select group of honorees, including 2009 A.L. Cy Young Zack Greinke and first baseman Billy Butler, will be recognized for their exceptional contributions both on and off the field in 2009. A complete listing of award winners and ticket information for Royals Awards Night and the Budweiser Pre-Party will be announced at a later date.
Mark Teahen’s charitable efforts in the Kansas City community earned him the Hutch Award yesterday. The national award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson, both on and off the field. Teahen, traded to Chicago on November 6, is the first member of the White Sox to win the award. George Brett (1980), Dennis Leonard (1986) and Mike Sweeney (2007) are past Hutch recipients. This was Teahen’s second year as a finalist for the award.
Teahen is the spokesperson for the YMCA Challenger Baseball program in Kansas City. His fundraising efforts with the program include an annual fashion show. He also participated in countless community events, including the Royals AbilityCAMP, an interactive baseball camp for children with disabilities. Thank you Mark for your work in the Kansas City community!