Opening Day is just 24 days away! It’s a rainy Friday in Kansas City. The light rain let up enough for a walk to Kauffman Stadium’s Outfield Experience. While there, ATH watched a local sign crew work on the ‘KC’ frame that will house the logo lettering. We also took an up-close look at the pieces of the lettering, and we took a picture of the field.
The Royals and Rangers played a ‘B’ game this morning on the Rangers’ side of the complex. Kila Ka’aihue (at left) had a big day for the Royals, collecting three hits, including a home run. Texas won 7-6, however, the game ended in a strange way. According to FSKC’s Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc on Twitter), Billy Butler was about to come to the plate with the bases loaded in the final inning when Texas changed pitchers. Under the ‘B’ game setup, the runners were taken off of the bases when the new pitcher came in. Our final photo is of Surprise Stadium. If you’ve never been to Spring Training, think about making the trip! It’s a beautiful complex.
The Royals travel down Bell Road today to play the Mariners in Peoria at 2:05 Central, 1:05 local. Today’s game can be heard on MLB Gameday Audio. Here’s your Kansas City lineup: (Podsednik – CF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – LF), (Guillen – RF), (Ankiel – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Fields – 1B), (Betancourt – SS), (Aviles – 2B), (Hochevar – P). Juan Cruz will also pitch today.
Dave Owen was spotted hitting ground balls to Yuniesky Betancourt and Alberto Callaspo.
Players also spent time practicing their bunts. Here you see Rick Ankiel and Wilson Betemit getting their reps.
The Royals host the Dodgers today in a 2:05 Central, 1:05 local start. Tune in on MLB Gameday Audio. Seven players were assigned to minor league camp this morning: LHP Danny Duffy, C Steve Lerud, INF Mario Lisson, OF David Lough, 1B Ernesto Mejia, 3B Mike Moustakas and OF Derrick Robinson.
Here’s your Kansas City lineup:
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – RF), (Butler – 1B), (Ankiel – CF), (Guillen – DH), (Fields – 3B), (Betancourt – SS), (Bloomquist – 2B), (Meche – P)
When we post a Spring Training lineup, you might ask, “why isn’t (insert player name) in the lineup?” Each time the Royals play a road game, a travel roster is assembled. The Royals have 66 players in camp and not all of them can get into the game. Sometimes it makes more sense to have certain players stay in Surprise for a full workout and batting practice. Today, for example, the game is in Tucson, which is about two and a half hours from Surprise. The players can get more work in at the complex. Let’s take a look at today’s workout for the players in Surprise:
On the left, Willie Bloomquist awaits his turn in the cage. On the right, Jose Guillen gets his reps.
Fans driving on I-70 past Kauffman Stadium will see crews doing work on the back of the CrownVision board. The ‘KC’ logo is going up this week! Here are a few pictures from this morning and a rendering of what the final logo will look like. The project will take about a week. Check the blog as we post more pictures!
Today, the Royals make the trek to Tucson to play the Rockies at Hi Corbett Field. The 2:10 Central start can be heard on MLB Gameday Audio. Brian Anderson returns to Tucson, where he played at the University of Arizona and later trained with the White Sox before they moved their spring facility to Glendale.
Here’s your starting lineup:
(Anderson – CF)
(Aviles – 2B)
(Callaspo – 3B)
(Butler – 1B)
(Pena – C)
(Maier – LF)
(Falu – SS)
(Parraz – RF)
(Greinke – P)
Today’s game (2:05 Central) is on 610 Sports in Kansas City and on MLB Gameday Audio.
It’s breezy and chilly in Surprise – 55 degrees with scattered showers. Here’s your Kansas City lineup: (Podsednik – LF); (Callaspo – 3B); DeJesus – DH); (Butler – 1B); (Ankiel – CF); (Guillen – RF); (Kendall – C); (Betancourt – SS); (Getz 2B); (Tejeda – P).
(UPDATE – 12:55 Central – the tarp is on the field in Surprise – stay tuned)
Fans who have attended Spring Training in Surprise know that opportunities are abound to watch games and practices. The Royals play several ‘B’ games against their complex counterparts, the Texas Rangers. These games are not held at the stadium – instead they are on one of the practice fields at the complex. The ‘B’ games and practices are free to attend and fans can usually stake claim to a location that is just off of the field.
Today’s ‘B’ game featured Luke Hochevar, who was pushed back after yesterday’s regular game against the Giants was postponed. Let’s take at a few of the things that happen at a ‘B’ game.
Scouts and baseball operations personnel are continuously tracking the progress of the players. On the left, Senior Advisor to the General Manager and 2008 Royals Hall of Fame inductee Art Stewart surveys the action. Rene Francisco, Kansas City’s Special Assistant to the General Manager/International Operations, is standing behind Stewart (to his right, our left).
The next photo shows General Manager Dayton Moore and Assistant General Manager-Scouting & Player Development J.J. Picollo. The pair are speaking with Jon Daniels (center), the General Manager of the Rangers.
When the team goes to another complex for a game, a ‘travel roster’ is assembled. For example, some of the pitchers are not going to throw in the regular game that day. They stay behind in Surprise and spend time on other training activities, including strength and conditioning. Here, Zack Greinke and Kyle Davies are taking in Hochevar’s outing.
‘B’ games also require coaches to take on different roles. Trey Hillman served as the third base coach during today’s ‘B’ game. This picture shows the close proximity of the bleachers for a ‘B’ game.
Former third baseman Joe Randa is in camp working with players. Here he talks to John ‘Duke’ Wathan. On the right, Randa lends his advice to Mike Moustakas. Randa has mentored ‘Moose’ on multiple occasions since the Royals drafted Moustakas in 2007.
Now you know about some of the other happenings at Spring Training besides the game that is on the schedule at royals.com. We hope that you can make a trip to Spring Training in the near future!