February 2011

Monday photos: Moustakas, Hosmer homer

The Rangers edged K.C., 12-11 in the spring’s second exhibition contest on Monday.  Prospects Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer both homered for the Royals.  Moustakas hit a 3-run shot to straight away center in the seventh.  He high-fived Hosmer, who scored on the home run.  Hosmer led off the ninth with a tape-measure blast to right.  Let’s take a look:





































Royals announce tailgating partnership with Jack Stack

The Royals announced today a partnership making Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue the exclusive tailgate caterer of Kauffman Stadium.  The two will also partner with Accent Party and Tent Rental as part of the deal.

Through the partnership, Royals fans interested in catering their parking lot tailgate parties will be able to choose from a variety of buffet menus featuring Jack Stack’s hickory-smoked meats, grilled items and signature sides. 

“We’re excited to partner with Fiorella’s Jack Stack to bring Kansas City’s best barbecue to Kauffman Stadium,” said Royals President Dan Glass.  “The addition of Jack Stack to the Royals offerings is another important step as we strive to provide the best fan experience in baseball.”

Fiorella’s Jack Stack, with four distinct restaurants in the Kansas City metro, has been recognized as the country’s best barbecue by the prestigious Zagat Survey.  Jack Stack features full-service catering, private dining, nationwide shipping and a rich tradition of remarkable barbecue. 

“The Royals have made great progress on the new Kauffman Stadium and with creating a fantastic fan atmosphere,” said Jack Stack President Case Dorman.  “Our team at Jack Stack Catering is thrilled to partner with the Royals to be a part of a truly remarkable Kansas City experience.”

For details and pricing information on group tickets and tailgate party options, please visit www.royals.com.  Fans may also contact the Royals Sales Department by calling (816) 504-4040, option 2, or emailing groupsales@royals.com.


Photos: Royals open spring slate


The Royals opened with a 4-2 “road” win over Texas on Sunday.  The same two teams play again at Surprise Stadium on Monday, starting at 2:05 Central.  Listen in on MLB Gameday Audio on royals.com.  Let’s take a look at the photos:







Billy Butler drove in a pair with a single in the first.










Starter Kyle Davies struck out three over a pair of scoreless innings.














Bruce Chen followed Davies with two shutout frames.








Jeff Francoeur hit a long home run against his former club.























And…here’s a look at a delivery from hard-throwing Tim Collins.  The 5’7″ lefty fanned two in a scoreless inning.

Friday photos

The Royals played another intrasquad scrimmage today as they prepare to face Texas on Sunday at 2:05 Central.  That contest can be heard on 610 Sports.  We also want to remind you that single-game tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 AM via royals.com, 1-800-6ROYALS, at the Kauffman Stadium box office and at local Hy-Vee stores.  Opening Day tickets will not be available at Hy-Vee.

In today’s pictures, Eric Hosmer hustled home with an effort that received praise on Twitter from ESPN baseball writer Jerry Crasnick, who was in attendance.

perez_5718.jpgSalvador Perez made an outstanding throw to catch speedster Jarrod Dyson on the bases.





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Young lefty Will Smith tossed a perfect inning…and Alex Gordon hit a 2-run home run as the game finished in a 4-4 tie.gordon_6278.jpg











Royals open Hall of Fame balloting to fans

The Royals have announced that, beginning with the 2011 ballot, fans will now have a part in Royals Hall of Fame voting.  Royals fans can make their votes count starting today until Friday, March 18 at noon at www.royals.com/hof.  At the site, you can “Tweet” your vote directly to your Twitter feed and “Like” it on Facebook!

The entire Royals Hall of Fame voting process has been updated and, beginning in 2011, will take place every other year.  To be eligible for the first time, players must have been active with the Royals for at least three (3) seasons and accumulated a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances or 150 innings pitched.  Candidates shall have ceased to be an active on-field member of the Royals (or for any other Major League organization) in the role for which they are being considered for at least three (3) calendar years preceding the election.  The 2011 vote under these new eligibility rules includes all first-time eligible candidates under previous rules and players who had received at least two votes in either of the two most recent RHOF voting cycles.

The 2011 Royals Hall of Fame candidates are (in alphabetical order): Brian Anderson, LHP (2003-2005); Kevin Appier, RHP (1989-1999; 2003-2004); Al Cowens, OF (1974-1979); Al Fitzmorris, RHP (1969-1976); Jason Grimsley, RHP (2001-2004); Bo Jackson, OF (1986-1990); Mike Macfarlane, C (1987-1994, 1996-1998); Darrell May, LHP (2002-2004); Brent Mayne, C (1990-1995, 2001-2003); Jose Offerman, INF (1996-1998); Darrell Porter, C (1977-1980); Joe Randa, 3B (1995-1996, 1999-2004); Kevin Seitzer, 3B (1986-1991); Scott Service, RHP (1997-1999); Michael Tucker, OF (1995-1996, 2002-2003); U.L. Washington, SS (1977-1984); John Wathan, C/OF/1B (1976-1985); and Kris Wilson, RHP (2000-2002).

Fans will be joined by other voters, including all living members of the Royals Hall of Fame and select members of the Royals Board of Directors, Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Kansas City electronic media representatives and Royals front office staff, in selecting Royals Hall of Fame inductees.  The online fan ballot will account for four votes with two assigned to the highest vote getter and one each to the second and third highest vote getters.  Any candidate receiving 75 percent of the vote will be elected and scheduled for induction during the 2011 season.  Candidates must receive a minimum of ten percent of the ballots cast to remain eligible for inclusion on the ballot for the next RHOF voting cycle.  In even-numbered years, a separate Veterans Committee vote will consider the candidacy of non-player personnel and players who received Royals Hall of Fame Voting (Regular Phase) votes, but are no longer eligible for election in that manner.

The Royals Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to celebrate the accomplishments of those players, coaches and other personnel who have made exceptional contributions to Kansas City Royals Baseball.

The first inductees were outfielder Amos Otis and pitcher Steve Busby.  They have been joined by pitcher Paul Splittorff, second baseman Cookie Rojas, Manager Dick Howser, pitcher Dennis Leonard, designated hitter Hal McRae, shortstop Fred Patek, Club President Joe Burke, pitcher Larry Gura, Royals founders Ewing and Muriel Kauffman, third baseman George Brett, second baseman Frank White, first baseman John Mayberry, pitcher Dan Quisenberry, Manager Whitey Herzog, center fielder Willie Wilson, pitcher Jeff Montgomery, broadcaster Denny Matthews, pitcher Bret Saberhagen, pitcher Mark Gubicza and scout Art Stewart.

For more information and to vote for the Royals Hall of Fame, fans may visit www.royals.com/hof.

610 Sports Radio to broadcast all 162 regular season games in 2011, including Sunday contests

The Royals and 610 Sports Radio (KCSP) today announced that all of the club’s 162 regular season games will air on 610 Sports in 2011, including Sunday contests.  The 2011 broadcast schedule kicks off this Sunday, February 27th, with Kansas City’s Cactus League opener against the Texas Rangers.  The first pitch is scheduled for 2:05 Central time.   

2011 will mark the 43rd season behind the microphone for Royals Hall of Famer Denny Matthews.  The 2007 Ford C. Frick Award winner will share play-by-play duties with 13-time Kansas Sportscaster of the Year Bob Davis.  Pre-game host Steve Stewart joins Matthews and Davis in the booth for his fourth season with the club.  Ryan Lefebvre will join the radio team for non-televised games.  Broadcasts on the Royals Radio Network are produced and engineered by Don Free, who is in his 26th year at the controls.


Royals Hot Stove tonight on 610 Sports and royals.com

jeffress_2266.jpgThe Hot Stove show is back tonight from 6 to 7 Central time on 610 Sports in Kansas City and worldwide on royals.com …Hosts Denny Matthews and Ryan Lefebvre welcome right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress and Detroit play-by-play announcer Dan Dickerson to the show.

You can tune in at the following link, where you’ll also find archived broadcasts of the first five shows.


Royals with four overall TV exposures this spring

The Royals will appear on television four times during Spring Training, with telecasts on both FOX Sports Kansas City and MLB Network. 

FOX Sports Kansas City, the exclusive local television home of Royals baseball, will air the March 25 game vs. the San Francisco Giants and the March 28 contest against the Milwaukee Brewers.  The spring telecasts kick off a schedule that features 142 Royals games on FOX Sports Kansas City, including the Opening Day contest on March 31 vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  A complete list of FOX Sports Kansas City telecasts for the 2011 season is available at http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/schedule/broadcast.jsp.

MLB Network will air 83 Major League exhibition games as part of its 2011 Spring Training coverage, including Kansas City’s games on March 2 at the Los Angeles Dodgers and the following day on March 3 at the Angels.  The broadcasts on March 2 and 3 will be tape-delayed, airing at 8:00 p.m. Central.  All MLB Network games will be carriage of local telecasts, including local announcers.

The Spring Training telecasts are as follows (all times Central):


Wednesday, March 2      8:00 p.m.             Royals at Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB Network, tape-delayed)

Thursday, March 3          8:00 p.m.             Royals at L.A. Angels of Anaheim (MLB Network, tape-delayed)

Friday, March 25              8:00 p.m.             San Francisco Giants at Royals (FOX Sports Kansas City)

Monday, March 28          3:00 p.m.             Milwaukee Brewers at Royals (FOX Sports Kansas City)


Spring Training: Tuesday in photos


Team photographer Chris Vleisides sent along some photos – we’ll share a few as Chris prepares for the annual “Photo Day” on Wednesday.  Photographers from various media outlets will be on hand…the photos that you’ll see on Crown Vision, in the yearbook and on baseball cards will be taken.  Let’s take a look at today’s pics.  First, newly acquired righty Jeremy Jeffress was on the mound.  Take a good look at it – because if you stepped in the box against Jeffress, you would hear the ball but you may not see it.  He has a power curve and a fastball that tops 100 mph!

lamb_2557.jpgHere’s 2010 Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year John Lamb, the youngest player in camp (he will be 21 in July).









Fellow 20-year old Salvador Perez has drawn rave reviews for his catching prowess this spring.  Perez won the organization’s Frank White Defensive Player of the Year award in 2009.






New teammates Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson compared notes as Hall of Famer George Brett watched batting practice. 



Below, we take a look at new shortstop Alcides Escobar in Royal blue…followed by Mike Moustakas.

@HoltzyKC reported the following on Twitter:

“Want to know why Moustakas has a chance to be special? Running through fundamental drills and he is asking tons of questions to get better.”

We second that – photographer Chris witnessed the power hitter working on bunting and seeking advice from eight-time Gold Glove winner Frank White.

And who better to “close” out this photo post than two-time All-Star reliever Joakim Soria?





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Royals agree to terms with Blake Wood, Manny Pina, Jeff Bianchi, Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson

The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2011 Major League contracts with right-handed pitcher Blake Wood, catcher Manny Pina, infielder Jeff Bianchi, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

The 25-year-old Wood spent the majority of the 2010 campaign in the Royals bullpen posting a 1-3 record with a 5.07 ERA in 51 appearances, all in relief.  The Royals’ third-round selection from 2006 compiled a 3.27 ERA in his final 22 outings.

The 24-year-old Cain was also part of the aforementioned December 19, 2010 trade with the Brewers.  The outfielder played in 43 games for Milwaukee in 2010, batting .306 with 11 doubles and seven stolen bases in eight attempts.

Dyson, 26, was a September call-up by Kansas City last season, hitting .211 in 18 games with nine steals in 10 tries.  A 50th-round selection in 2006, Dyson has swiped 140 bases in 173 attempts (81%) in his professional career.

The 23-year-old Pina spent most of the 2010 campaign with Northwest Arkansas (AA), hitting .259 with 16 doubles, seven home runs and 44 RBI in 74 games.  He also appeared in 17 contests with Omaha (AAA).  Acquired from the Texas Rangers with outfielder Tim Smith for pitcher Danny Gutierrez on September 3, 2009, Pina nabbed 35 of 83 attempted basestealers (42.2%) in 2010.

Bianchi, 24, missed the 2010 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last March.  The club’s second-round pick in 2005 hit a combined .308 between Wilmington (High A) and Northwest Arkansas in 2009.



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