January 2011

Royals Hot Stove show tonight: Meche and Picollo

The Royals Hot Stove show airs at 6 p.m. tonight on 610 Sports in Kansas City and on royals.com ( http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/hotstove.jsp ).  You can catch the podcast at a later date at the Hot Stove page on royals.com.

Denny Matthews and Ryan Lefebvre are the hosts.  They will talk with Gil Meche and J.J. Picollo.  Gil’s recent retirement was featured on the New York Times website late yesterday. Picollo, the Assistant General Manager – Scouting and Player Development, oversees the farm system, which was rated number one this week by Baseball America

Royals announce Opening Day ticket opportunity

The Royals will hold an online Opening Day ticket opportunity program to give fans the chance to secure tickets for Opening Day presented by Sprint.  The 2011 Royals season opener is set for Thursday, March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels.  First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m.

To be eligible for the Opening Day ticket opportunity, fans must register online at www.royals.com/openingday.  Online registration is currently open and will close on Monday, February 14 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  A random drawing for the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets to Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium will be held later that week, and winners will be notified by Friday, February 18 via the email address submitted on the registration form.  Those applicants whose names are selected will then have an opportunity to purchase 2011 Opening Day tickets at a date and time to be indicated in the winning email.  As an added benefit, all fans that register for the Opening Day ticket opportunity will have the chance to purchase tickets to any other 2011 Royals home games prior to the general public through a special presale, which will take place on Thursday, February 24 on royals.com.

Fans can also guarantee themselves Opening Day tickets by purchasing a full-season, half-season or 21-game season ticket plan.  The recently-announced Pepsi Max Pick 15 Plan, which starts at just $135 for a minimum of 15 games, also includes an Opening Day seat.  All plans are currently available online at royals.com Fans may also contact the Royals Sales Department by calling (816) 504-4040, option 2, or emailing seasonsales@royals.com.


Photos: Caravan visits Topeka VA and Fort Riley

VAHospital2.JPGThe Royals Caravan recently visited Topeka, Fort Riley and Manhattan.  The first stop was the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, where the group of George Brett, Dennis Leonard, Joe Randa and Jason Kendall met with patients and staff.  Stop number two was Fort Riley, where the Royals were welcomed by members of the 4th Brigade.  Our group finished the day in Manhattan, where they watched K-State take on Baylor.




Video: Moustakas, Perez and Hosmer enjoy reading time at Operation Breakthrough

MoustakasPerezHosmer.JPG21 top Kansas City prospects are in town this week for a career development program, which includes community outreach activities.  Prospects Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer had a great time reading to kids at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City this morning.  Click the link below to take a look at the video!


Minnesota Twins claim pitcher Dusty Hughes on outright waivers

The Royals announced today that the Minnesota Twins have claimed left-handed pitcher Dusty Hughes on Outright Waivers.  Hughes was designated for assignment when the Royals added Jeff Francis to the 40-man roster on January 20.

Hughes, 28, was 1-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 57 relief appearances in 2010.  His 57 appearances were the second-most in the American League among rookies.


Royals announce Pepsi Max Pick 15 Plan

The Royals are introducing a new ticket package – the Pepsi Max Pick 15 Plan – for the 2011 season.  Through the Pepsi Max Plan, fans will have the opportunity to choose from all 81 home games – including Opening Day presented by Sprint and great premium games versus the Cubs, Cardinals, Yankees and Red Sox – in customizing their perfect game plan. 

Plans start at just $135 for a minimum of 15 games, but fans are invited to personalize their plans by adding additional games at discounted prices.  Fans purchasing the plan will also receive a voucher for a free two-liter bottle of Pepsi Max redeemable at local Hy-Vee stores.

Tickets are available in a number of seating categories – Field Box, Field Plaza, Loge Box, Loge Outfield, Outfield Box, Rivals Outfield Box, Hy-Vee Reserved Box, Hy-Vee Infield, Hy-Vee Box and Hy-Vee View.

The Pepsi Max Pick 15 Plan is available now for a limited time only.  For more details and pricing information, please visit www.royals.com/pick15.  Fans may also contact the Royals Sales Department by calling (816) 504-4040, option 2, or emailing seasonsales@royals.com

For fans interested in securing rights to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, the club is also offering several season ticket packages.  All full-season ticket holders will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase the same number of 2012 All-Star Game strips as seats on their account.  Same package(s) and number of seats must be renewed for the 2011 and 2012 seasons for the best 2012 All-Star Game priority.


Butler press conference notes

butler-moore_7384.JPGBilly Butler
and Dayton Moore met with reporters on Tuesday to discuss Butler’s new long-term contract.  The 24-year old Butler is proud to wear a Kansas City uniform and excited about the future of the organization.  Butler and his family have always felt welcomed in the city and he looks forward to continuing his relationship with fans and the community.

Billy is looking forward to playing alongside some of the Royals’ highly-heralded prospects.  He’s not making guarantees, but he has high expectations for himself and the team. 

Dayton Moore believes that Butler has separated himself as one of the top young hitters in the game.  Moore cited that Butler broke into the Major Leagues at a young age and was successful in a short time period, which isn’t easy.  He recognizes Butler’s passion and that Butler wants to go from being a good hitter to a great hitter.

Around the World with ATH in KC: Australia and Greece

Today on Around the World with Around the Horn, we travel abroad with a Royals fan from Australia and meet a fan who visited Greece!

Jason_FitzroyFalls.JPGFirst, meet Jason from Sydney, Australia, who became a Royals fan when he watched Game 6 of the 1985 World Series. It was a replay at 3 a.m. in Australia!  He has since become a regular at Royals Fantasy Camp in Arizona, where he met childhood heroes, including George Brett, Frank White and Willie Wilson.  The first photo is Jason at Fitzroy Falls, which is about two hours south of Sydney.










Jason also mentioned that his thoughts are with all of the people that have been impacted by the flooding in Queensland.  He recently attended an Australian Baseball League game and won a raffle that supported the flood victims.  The prize for this Kansas City fan – a jersey signed by former Royal and fellow Australian Justin Huber!





Robbie_Parthenon.jpgNext, meet Robbie, who traveled to Athens, Greece in March, 2010.  He visited the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis in Athens.  He also sported his KC hat as he checked out Filopappos Hill in Athens (below).  The Aegean Sea is in the distance – what a view!





 Please keep sharing your Royals-related travel stories and pictures from spring training, road games and places around the world…you can e-mail us at blog@royals.com.  Again, your chances of making the blog are significantly higher if you’re sporting team gear!




Social media members take part in first Digital Digest

DigitalDigest4.JPGThe Royals had their first Digital Digest on Thursday as FanFest opened with a Season Ticket Holder event. Seven social media enthusiasts interviewed General Manager Dayton Moore, Manager Ned Yost, first baseman Billy Butler and outfielder Jeff Francoeur.  Participants were able to ask anything they wanted – and we had excellent questions on topics from free agency and the draft to on-base percentage. 


DigitalDigest2.JPGThe media group began posting their thoughts immediately on Twitter and shortly thereafter on their respective blogs and message boards.  You can read about their experiences on the websites listed below.  Thank you to all of our participants!  It was a great experience for the Royals and we hope it was for the bloggers as well!



First Name

Social Media Outlet



Contributor at royalsreview.com (boots58)




















Photos: Royals Awards show

Hardware was handed out on Saturday afternoon at the Royals Awards show, which honored Billy Butler, Bruce Chen, Joakim Soria and all of the organizational award winners.  Let’s take a look!


Chen, the Joe Burke Special Achievement winner, and Soria, the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, congratulated one another after the event.  Both players were very proud and appreciative of the awards.  Bruce, who worked his way back from “Tommy John” surgery in 2007, wanted to make sure that his award arrived to his Arizona home without a scratch – so he bought a seat on the plane for it!


Billy Butler received his second Les Milgram Player of the Year honor on the same day that would see him ink a long-term contract with the Royals.


Mike Moustakas was all smiles as he received the George Brett Hitter of the Year honor from the Hall of Fame third baseman.


John Lamb earned the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year award.  John, who turns 21 in July, will be the youngest player in Kansas City’s Major League camp at spring training.


Eric Hosmer won the Carolina League batting title and slugged key playoff home runs in the Texas League playoffs in 2010.  On Saturday, he was recognized for the other part of his game with the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year award.


Derrick Robinson took his game to another level in 2010, setting a career high in batting average.  Robinson, who led the Texas League with 50 stolen bases, earned the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year award for the second time.  Wilson pointed out that Robinson is outstanding at both baserunning and base stealing.


Former Missouri State pitcher Buddy Baumann received the Mike Sweeney Award from the five-time All-Star.  The award goes to the minor league player who best represents the organization off of the field.  Baumann participated in a variety of community events while with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2010.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 57 other followers