December 2010

Royals to host Baseball on Ice event on December 18 at Country Club Plaza

To celebrate the holiday season, the Royals will host a free Baseball on Ice event at the Country Club Plaza on Saturday, December 18.  The event, scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will feature a live ice sculpture demonstration, prize giveaways, and appearances from Sluggerrr and the K Crew.  Royals representatives will also be on hand with information on the club’s new 13 Game Pack, the perfect gift for the holiday season.

The festivities will take place in front of J. Crew and Scandia Down on the southwest corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Nichols Road.  Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Jeff Addison of Cool Carvings will entertain guests by carving a 40″ x 50″ baseball glove from a solid block of ice, and Sluggerrr, everyone’s favorite mascot, is coming to celebrate the holidays with Royals fans from noon to 2:00 p.m.

Throughout the event, fans will have an opportunity to sign up to win Royals autographed memorabilia, hang out with the K Crew and learn more about the 13 Game Pack.

The 13 Game Pack, which includes tickets to 13 home games at Kauffman Stadium in 2011, starts as low as $65 per package.  Fans may choose from one of four 13-game ticket deals – the Tuesday/Friday Package, the Wednesday/Saturday Package or the Thursday/Sunday Package – which include an Opening Day ticket – or a Sunday Value Pack that features all Sunday matinee games. 

Tickets are available in the Field Box, Field Plaza, Outfield Box, Rivals Outfield Box, Hy-Vee Reserved Box, Hy-Vee Infield, Hy-Vee Box and Hy-Vee View sections for all plans. 

For more details on specific game dates and pricing or to purchase a 13-game ticket package, please visit or RSVP at  Fans may also contact the Royals Sales Department by calling (816) 504-4040, option 2, or emailing

Royals agree to a one-year contract with outfielder Melky Cabrera

The Royals today agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Melky Cabrera pending a physical exam.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 26-year-old switch-hitting Cabrera played the 2010 season with the Atlanta Braves after spending eight professional seasons in the New York Yankees organization.  He batted .255 in 147 games for the Braves last season, recording 27 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 42 RBI and 50 runs scored.  The 6-foot, 200-pounder is a career .267 hitter with 117 doubles, 15 triples, 40 home runs and 270 RBI in 716 games in the Majors since breaking in with the Yankees in 2005.  Cabrera has appeared at all three outfield positions in his career, spending a majority of his time in center.

Signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2001, the resident of Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic was acquired by Atlanta on December 22, 2009 in a five-player trade that sent pitchers Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan to New York.


Royals select pitcher Nate Adcock in Rule 5 draft

The Royals today selected right-handed pitcher Nate Adcock from the Indianapolis (AAA) roster of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization with the fifth overall pick in the Major League phase of the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  In the Triple-A phase, the Royals selected right-handed pitcher Heath Rollins from the Montgomery (AA) roster in the Tampa Bay Rays organization and assigned him to Omaha (AAA).  Kansas City did not have a player selected in the Major League phase, but left-handed pitchers Starling De La Rosa and Rowdy Hardy were selected by the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves, respectively, in the Triple-A phase.

The 22-year old Adcock is a native of Elizabethtown, Ky., and went 11-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) for Bradenton in the Florida State League in 2010, fanning 113 in 141.1 innings pitched.  The 6-5, 190-lb. Adcock was originally a fifth-round pick in the 2006 First Year Player Draft by the Seattle Mariners.  He was traded to the Pirates’ organization in 2009 as part of the seven-player trade that sent shortstop Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell to Seattle.

Rollins, 25, split his 2010 campaign between Durham (AAA) and Montgomery (AA), combining for a 5-3 record with a 5.27 ERA in 44 games, including three starts.  The Rays’ 11th-round pick in 2006 was a non-roster invite to Spring Training in 2010.

Royals and outfielder Jeff Francoeur agree to terms on a one-year contract

The Kansas City Royals have announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Jeff Francoeur.  The deal includes a mutual option for the 2012 season and is pending a physical.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 26-year-old Francoeur split the 2010 campaign between the New York Mets and A.L. Champion Texas Rangers.  The 6-foot-5, 220-pound outfielder combined to hit .249 with 13 home runs and 65 RBI and scored 52 runs in 139 games.  A career .268 hitter with 101 home runs and 465 RBI, Francoeur made his Major League debut as a 21-year-old with the Braves in 2005.  He was named to the Baseball America, Topps and Baseball Digest All-Rookie Team after batting .300 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI in 70 games.  The right-handed hitting and throwing Francoeur is a career .299 hitter with a .481 slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers.

Defensively, Francoeur was honored with the 2007 National League Rawlings Gold Glove after playing in all 162 games and tying for the Major League lead with 19 outfield assists.  His 81 career outfield assists since the beginning of the 2005 season lead all Major League outfielders, 17 more than second-place Alfonso Soriano.

Originally a first round selection of the Atlanta Braves (23rd overall) in the 2002 June Free Agent Draft, Francoeur was acquired by the New York Mets on July 10, 2009 for outfielder Ryan Church.  He was then acquired by the Texas Rangers on August 31, 2010 in exchange for current Royals infielder Joaquin Arias.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., Francoeur and his wife, Catie, now reside in Duluth, Ga. 

Royals agree to terms with Betemit and Pena, non-tender Fields

The Royals announced that the club has reached agreements with infielder Wilson Betemit and catcher Brayan Pena on Major League contracts for 2011, avoiding arbitration.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.  In addition, the Royals announced that infielder Josh Fields will not be tendered a 2011 Major League contract.

The 29-year old Betemit batted .297 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 84 games after having his contract selected from Triple-A Omaha on May 25.  The switch-hitter batted .265 in 29 games with Omaha.  Betemit holds a .266 batting average in 600 Major League games since his debut with Atlanta in 2001.

Pena, 28, posted a .253 average in 60 games while serving as KC’s backup catcher in 2010.  The switch-hitter batted .320 with 15 RBI over his final 28 games and was named A.L. Player of the Week for September 6-12.  He holds a .253 lifetime average in 195 Major League games.

Fields, who turns 28 on December 14, missed most of 2010 after undergoing labral surgery on his right hip.  He batted .306 (15-for-49) in 13 games after being activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 1.  He was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on November 5, 2009.

The move to non-tender Fields places Kansas City’s 40-man Major League roster at 39.

Royals to host Open House/Select-A-Seat event on December 4

The Royals will host a free Open House/Select-A-Seat event at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., giving fans an opportunity to reserve seats for 2011 just in time for the holidays. 

During the event, fans may try out some of the best seats available for 2011 season ticket plans, including the new 13-Game Pack.  Starting at just $65, the 13-Game Pack allows fans to pick from one of four plans, all of which feature some of the most exciting matchups scheduled for Kauffman Stadium in 2011.

A limited number of Steal Home Deal packages are also still available. The Steal Home Deal offer, which allows fans who purchase three Hy-Vee Reserved Box or three Hy-Vee Infield full-season seats to receive one additional seat for free, represents a savings of more than $1,100 over regularly-priced tickets.  In addition, fans purchasing the Steal Home Deal ticket package will enjoy all the benefits of becoming a Royals full-season ticket holder – including the opportunity to secure priority status for the 2012 All-Star Game. 

The Open House/Select-A-Seat event will also feature the following:

         Food and beverage items in the Diamond Club Lounge

         Raffle for a chance to win great prizes, including 2011 Opening Day tickets, BATS Crown Seats, an All-Star Suite in 2011, Royals gift cards and autographed memorabilia

         Access to the Majestic Team Store for holiday shopping

All fans are welcome, and no ticket is required for admission.  Guests are asked to park in Lot M of the Truman Sports Complex and enter Kauffman Stadium through Gate C.

For more information, fans may visit or contact the club’s Ticket Services staff at (816) 504-4040, option 3, or


Join Alex Gordon at the Red Stocking Breakfast on Saturday, December 4

Gordon_2009RedStocking.JPGKansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon will participate in a pair of community outreach events this week to celebrate the holiday season and support local charities. 

On Friday, December 3, Gordon will join Royals associates at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau’s annual Holiday Shop.  The group will distribute winter clothing, food and holiday gifts. The club hosted its annual Coat Drive in September to benefit the Johnson County Christmas Bureau, a volunteer, non-profit organization and United Way agency that provides necessary assistance to low-income families of Johnson County, Kansas.  This event is by invitation only. 

For the second-straight year, Gordon will also be one of the celebrities participating in the Red Stocking Breakfast at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, located at 95th Street & Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kan., on Saturday, December 4.  The Red Stocking Breakfast is the Kansas Children’s Service League’s signature fundraising event with proceeds benefiting child abuse prevention programs in the area.  The Kansas Children’s Service League serves more than 40,000 Kansas children and families each year.  Stop by as Alex will be on hand to serve breakfast at 10:00 a.m.  The breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m.  Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, with kids 10 and under eating for free.  Advance tickets are available until 5:00 p.m. on December 3 at the following site:


Royals announce 2011 Spring Training schedule

The Royals announced their 2011 Spring Training schedule.  The club will open its ninth season in the Cactus League by playing a charity game against its Surprise complex mates, the Texas Rangers, on Sunday, February 27.  The game benefits the Surprise Sundancers.

Kansas City’s 32-game Spring Training schedule features 16 home games at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz.  The club will also face the Texas Rangers as the visiting team in the February 27 charity game and then again on February 28.

The Royals will host every Cactus League squad at Surprise Stadium at least once, with two games apiece against Cleveland and the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.  The Royals have three evening home games, hosting Seattle on March 17, the Los Angeles Angels on March 22 and San Francisco on March 25.  All three games start at 8:05 p.m. (CT).  In addition, the Royals will play at 8:05 p.m (CT) on March 7 in Peoria against the Padres and at 9:05 p.m. (CT) on March 16 in Goodyear against the Reds.  All other games will start at 2:05 p.m. (CT) until Daylight Saving Time on March 13 when the games will start at 3:05 p.m. (CT).  The March 29 game against the White Sox will begin at 2:05 p.m. (CT) as the Royals will break camp immediately following the contest to travel to Kansas City for the March 31 opener vs. the Los Angeles Angels. 

The Surprise Recreation Campus will accept mail orders along with orders for season tickets, 7-packs and Sunday 5-packs beginning on Saturday, December 4 at 9:00 a.m. CT.  For these orders, call 623-222-2222 or visit to obtain a ticket brochure.  Individual Spring Training game tickets will go on sale January 8, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. CT.  The tickets will be on sale at the Surprise Stadium Box Office, through or by calling 800-745-3000.  For more information, including information on special spring training travel packages, fans may visit

Pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise on Monday, February 14.  Workouts for pitchers begin the following day, Tuesday, February 15.  The remainder of the squad will report on Friday, February 18 and begin workouts for the 2011 campaign on Saturday, February 19.

Click here to see Dick Kaegel’s article and the complete Spring Training schedule.


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