On Monday, September 19, fans will have the chance to help provide baseball equipment for Kansas City’s disadvantaged youth at a special Gloves For Kids event.
The Kansas City Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City’s Ryan Lefebvre will host the event, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Kansas Sampler, located at 9750 Quivira across from the Oak Park Mall in Lenexa, Kan.
Select Royals players will sign autographs for fans who donate at least $25 toward new baseball gloves and other baseball/softball equipment for underprivileged youth.
Royals players scheduled to appear include:
Pitcher Nate Adcock
Pitcher Louis Coleman
Pitcher Tim Collins
Pitcher Aaron Crow
Pitcher Danny Duffy
Second Baseman Johnny Giavotella
First Baseman Eric Hosmer
Pitcher Everett Teaford
One group of players will sign from 6-7 p.m. with the other group to follow from 7-8 p.m. Please note that a $25 donation is required for each session, and fans will be allowed to have one item autographed by each Royals player participating in that session. For details, visit www.royals.com/community.
The event will also include a silent auction featuring unique Royals memorabilia. In addition, 610 Sports Radio, the home of the Royals, will be broadcasting live from Kansas Sampler from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Created in 2001 by Lefebvre’s Footprints Foundation, the Gloves For Kids event has raised more than $75,000 to provide new baseball gloves and related equipment for Kansas City area youth.
Before finishing a quick two-game series with today’s 3:10 contest vs. the Minnesota Twins, Royals manager Ned Yost explained that it’s a balancing act when it comes to evaluating this 2011 season performance and looking ahead towards next year.
“We are still in the process of developing so we are giving guys at-bats, we’re letting guys pitch deeper in games, and giving them more experience-type situations,” Yost said. “When we get to a point where we get to compete, we will play the game differently.”
The young KC squad continues to grow as the 2011 season winds down but for Yost it is all about the experience his rookies are getting and the lessons they are learning along the way. The Royals skipper commends his team for their hard work and looks forward to seeing each and every one of them reach their potential.
“We knew that all these kids could play, we know their areas of weakness, we know their areas of strength and we know what we need to continue to work on and develop,” Yost said. “We try to focus on that every day.”
Yost had nothing but good things to say about Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers continuing their 2011 season with tonight’s game two of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series. Yost was hopeful see certain minor leaguers such as Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson in Kansas City with the Major League squad but explained that the Triple-A Omaha team has worked hard throughout their season and he wants to them finish off strong working towards the PCL Championship.
It’s time for afternoon baseball! Let’s take a look at the lineup for today’s 3:10 start:
Gordon – LF
Cabrera – CF
Butler – DH
Hosmer – 1B
Francoeur – RF
Moustakas – 3B
Giavotella – 2B
Perez – C
Escobar – SS
Hochevar – P
Before opening up a two-game series with tonight’s 7:10 contest vs. the Minnesota Twins, Royals manager Ned Yost expressed his satisfaction with the squad’s seven-game road trip facing the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners where the Royals went 4-3 overall.
“Pitching was really good with Paulino [Felipe Paulino] and Teaford [Everett Teaford], defense was spectacular,” Yost said. “All-in-all it was a decent road trip.”
The Royals next eight games against the Twins, Chicago White Sox, and Detroit Tigers will be played at Kauffman for their final homestand of the season. Yost commented saying that he wants his squad to focus on winning as many games as possible and keeping their positive mentality they have had all season long. The Royals skipper also praised his team for their drive and motivation for next year’s 2012 season.
“When we come to Spring Training next year this group of guys are going to be ‘been there, done that’ and they’re going to come in as veterans and understand what Major League Baseball is all about,” Yost said. “They’re going to be more prepared to compete, they’re going to know the league better, and they’re going to know the opposition better.”
Yost, when asked about the club’s huge improvement from last season in run differential, pointed out that the squad’s baserunning has improved tremendously during the 2011 season by creating and taking advantage of several run scoring opportunities. Along with baserunning, the Royals defense has been phenomenal. The outfield defense alone has collected 50 assists so far, the second-most in a season in club history trailing the 1969 squad who posted 53. The Royals are currently fourth in the American League Central, just one slot ahead of tonight’s opponent the Minnesota Twins. Yost commented on the standings saying that it’s best to always strive towards first.
“It’s important to set your sights and your goals on first place, not fifth place, not fourth place,” Yost said. “But in a sense it’s still important because you’re showing that you’re making improvement.”
Today it was announced that five-year veteran and designated hitter Billy Butler is the 2011 Royals nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award by Chevrolet. Yost gives credit toButler as an outstanding player and recognizes his hard work moving from a full-time defensive player to the designated hitter position. Along withButler’s hard work on the field,Butler has been recognized with the award for his hard work off the field as well by participating in several community outreach programs.
On Friday, the Royals will salute the Pitchers and Players of the Year from each minor league affiliate prior to the 7:10 game vs. the White Sox. The players listed below are scheduled to participate in an autograph session from 5:30-6:15 p.m. at Gate A near the Royals Hall of Fame. These players plus Johnny Giavotella, now with the Major League team, will receive their awards in a special pregame ceremony. Kelvin Herrera and Luis Mendoza will not be able to participate in Futures Night as they will be playing in the Pacific Coast League Championship Series for Omaha.
Futures Night participants
Will Smith (Northwest Arkansas Pitcher of the Year)
Anthony Seratelli (Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year)
Jake Odorizzi (Wilmington Pitcher of the Year)
Rey Navarro (Wilmington Player of the Year)
Greg Billo (Kane County Pitcher of the Year)
Brian Fletcher (Kane County Player of the Year)
Edwin Carl (Idaho Falls Pitcher of the Year)
Runey Davis (Idaho Falls Player of the Year)
Nick Graffeo (Burlington Pitcher of the Year)
Jorge Bonifacio (Burlington Player of the Year)
Andrew Stueve (Surprise Royals Pitcher of the Year)
Nick DelGuidice (Surprise Royals Player of the Year)
Yender Caramo (Dominican Royals Pitcher of the Year)
Ramon Torres (Dominican Royals Player of the Year)
Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that Billy Butler was named the Royals 2011 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Butler is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Tomorrow will mark the tenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.
The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. It is named for the 12-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Butler, who will be recognized in a special pregame ceremony prior to the club’s 3:10 p.m. game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, is involved in a number of community outreach efforts in the Kansas City area, including work with the Bishop Sullivan Center. The center, created in 1972 by three area Catholic parishes in response to the growing number of people living in poverty in their neighborhood, is one of the largest providers of emergency assistance in the Kansas City area. The Bishop Sullivan Center now operates three food pantries, a soup kitchen, employment services, a clothes closet, elderly services, and financial emergency assistance.
Butler’s wife, Katie, began volunteering at the Bishop Sullivan Center in 2007 and urged her husband to create a program to benefit the center. In 2008, the Butlers unveiled the Hit-It-A-Ton program to help feed the hungry in the Kansas City area. The matching donation program, in which individuals and corporate sponsors match Butler’s donation for each home run and double he hits, is now in its fourth year and continues to grow. For more information on the Hit-It-A-Ton program, visit www.bishopsullivan.org/hit-it-a-ton.aspx.
The distinguished list of national Roberto Clemente Award recipients includes 13 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:
1971 Willie Mays* 1985 Don Baylor 1998 Sammy Sosa
1972 Brooks Robinson* 1986 Garry Maddox 1999 Tony Gwynn*
1973 Al Kaline* 1987 Rick Sutcliffe 2000 Al Leiter
1974 Willie Stargell* 1988 Dale Murphy 2001 Curt Schilling
1975 Lou Brock* 1989 Gary Carter* 2002 Jim Thome
1976 Pete Rose 1990 Dave Stewart 2003 Jamie Moyer
1977 Rod Carew* 1991 Harold Reynolds 2004 Edgar Martinez
1978 Greg Luzinski 1992 Cal Ripken, Jr.* 2005 John Smoltz
1979 Andre Thornton 1993 Barry Larkin 2006 Carlos Delgado
1980 Phil Niekro* 1994 Dave Winfield* 2007 Craig Biggio
1981 Steve Garvey 1995 Ozzie Smith 2008 Albert Pujols
1982 Ken Singleton 1996 Kirby Puckett* 2009 Derek Jeter
1983 Cecil Cooper 1997 Eric Davis 2010 Tim Wakefield
1984 Ron Guidry
* Member of Baseball Hall of Fame
Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national award recipient by visiting www.chevybaseball.com/clemente, a site powered by MLB.com and created specifically for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet platform, to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Voting ends on October 9, and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2011 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced.
The winner of the fan poll will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel, which includes Commissioner Selig; Vera Clemente, MLB Goodwill Ambassador and wife of the late Hall of Famer; Baseball Hall of Famer, TBS analyst and former Roberto Clemente Award winner Cal Ripken Jr.; MLB Network analyst, TBS broadcaster and former Roberto Clemente Award winner John Smoltz; MLB Network analysts and former Roberto Clemente Award winners Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds; and MLB.com senior correspondent Hal Bodley.
All Clubs playing at home on September 14 will acknowledge their local nominees as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies, while visiting Clubs will honor their nominees before another September home game.
As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and the official dugout lineup cards.
The Royals wrap up the home portion of the 2011 season with an eight-game homestand, September 13-21, against three division rivals.
As a thank you to fans for their tremendous support during the 2011 campaign, the Royals have a number of fun promotions and special events planned for the final homestand. Highlights include the final T-Shirt Tuesday giveaway, the annual Futures Night festivities, a Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day celebration, Fan Appreciation Night presented by Sprint, the popular Bark at The K event and more!
Tuesday, September 13 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans receive an exclusive long-sleeve t-shirt featuring a powder blue “KC” logo presented by FOX Sports Kansas City. For details, visit www.royals.com/tshirttuesday.
Wednesday, September 14 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 3:10 p.m.
INK Student “Night” – Rivals Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield tickets are available for all Wednesday home games for high school and college students with valid ID at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office for just $7. Seating is subject to availability. All Student Nights feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience and include a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Crown Classic concession stand in the Outfield Experience prior to the game. For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.
INK Local Music Showcase – Catch a free pregame concert on us. With support from 96.5 The Buzz, every Wednesday INK Student Night features live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. Roman Numerals will be performing prior to the Twins-Royals game. For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.
Thursday, September 15 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· All You Can Eat Seats – It’s the final All You Can Eat Seats night of 2011! Fans can purchase All You Can Eat Seats located in the Loge Level (Sec. 318 – 325), which include unlimited ballpark fare. All the hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, pretzels and Pepsi products you can handle for one low price! Individual and group discount tickets available. For details, visit www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.
Friday, September 16 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Futures Night – The Royals salute the Pitchers and Players of the Year from each minor league affiliate prior to the game. A majority of the players are expected to participate in an autograph session from 5:30-6:15 p.m. at Gate A near the Royals Hall of Fame before receiving their awards in a special pregame ceremony.
· Frenchy Quarter Friday – Cheer on fan-favorite Jeff Francoeur from some of the best seats in the house at a discounted rate through this special promotion. Fans may purchase Rivals Outfield Box Seats for just $21 – a savings of nearly 20 percent – in honor of #21. For details, visit www.royals.com/frenchy.
· Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Fridays – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game.
· Bases Loaded 4-Pack for $80 – Get four Hy-Vee Infield tickets and $10 in loaded value per ticket. www.royals.com/basesloaded.
Saturday, September 17 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.
· Fan Appreciation Night presented by Sprint – The Royals reward fans for their tremendous support throughout the season with prize giveaways throughout the game. All fans in attendance have a chance to win autographed memorabilia, tickets to the club’s 2012 home opener, Crown Seats and a Dugout Suite for a 2012 home game, gift certificates to MLB.com’s online shop, Hy-Vee, Fogo de Chao and Sonic as well as gifts from Miller, Commerce Bank, Sprint, Budweiser and U.S. Toy.
Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day/Green KC Cap: The first 20,000 fans receive a special green KC cap presented by Commerce Bank in conjunction with the club’s Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day celebration, which begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Outfield Experience. The event will feature live Irish music from Flannigan’s Right Hook, green draft beer and a sample of some of KC’s best local Irish vendors. In conjunction with the club’s 610 Saturday promotion, there will be entertainment for all ages, including face painters, Irish dancers and much more! www.royals.com/irish.
Guinness Book of World Records Massage Event: In addition, the Royals and Massage Envy/Massage Envy Spa are partnering to make a run at a Guinness Book of World Records massage record prior to the game. The record-breaking attempt for “Most People Being Massaged” will take place at 5:45 p.m. at the U.S. Toy Little K, and the Royals and Massage Envy are looking for 500 fans to participate. The club is offering an exclusive $25 ticket package that includes a yoga mat, the opportunity to participate in the massage record experience, and a Hy-Vee View Level ticket for the game. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the ticket package will go to the local Arthritis Foundation chapter. For more information or to purchase a ticket package, visit www.royals.com/massageenvy.
· Shirts Off Their Backs – In conjunction with Fan Appreciation Night, Royals Charities will host its annual Shirts Off Their Backs fundraiser presented by Mission Foods to benefit the Shirley Fund, a women’s heart health program through The University of Kansas Hospital. Through this unique event, volunteers will sell $1 instant-win scratch tickets with winners receiving an autographed jersey right off the back of their favorite Royals player on the field following the game.
· 610 Saturday – Enjoy great activities, including face painters and balloon and caricature artists, prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. For details, visit www.royals.com/610saturdays.
· College Fair at The K – The Royals and 15 area colleges and universities – including Kansas State University, the University of Iowa, Northwest Missouri State University, the University of Central Missouri and Columbia College – are partnering for the College Fair at The K from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Diamond Club. High school students may purchase tickets to attend this exciting event and that evening’s game. Please note that each ticket purchased will allow students to bring one parent/adult to the college fair only at no additional charge. For a complete list of participating schools and to purchase tickets, please visit www.royals.com/collegefair.
Sunday, September 18 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
· Bark at The K – In conjunction with Bayer HealthCare Animal Health Division, the Royals are hosting the third annual Bark at The K. Reserve your seats – all tickets to sit with your canine must be purchased in advance – by visiting www.royals.com/bark. Each ticket package includes an exclusive doggie toy and a donation to Wayside Waifs, Heartland SPCA and the Humane Society of Kansas City. For more information and to purchase a package, visit www.royals.com/bark.
· Family FunDay Sunday – The September 18 festivities feature face painters, a caricature artist and live family-friendly entertainment from Drum Circles. Fans can also enjoy the All-Day Play Pass for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience for just $10. www.royals.com/sunday.
· Fun Run presented by Sprint – All fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).
· Bases Loaded 4-Pack for $60 – Get four Hy-Vee Infield tickets and $10 in loaded value per ticket. www.royals.com/basesloaded.
Tuesday, September 20 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Royals 2012 Early Bird Schedule & 2011 Team Photo – All fans in attendance receive a 2012 early bird team schedule plus a 2011 team photo.
Wednesday, September 21 – Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Royals 2012 Early Bird Schedule & 2011 Team Photo – All fans in attendance receive a 2012 early bird team schedule plus a 2011 team photo.
INK Student Night – Rivals Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield tickets are available for all Wednesday home games for high school and college students with valid ID at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office for just $7. Seating is subject to availability. All Student Nights feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience and include a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Crown Classic concession stand in the Outfield Experience prior to the game. For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.
INK Local Music Showcase – Catch a free pregame concert on us. With support from 96.5 The Buzz, every Wednesday INK Student Night features live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. Cowboy Indian Bear will be performing prior to the Tigers-Royals game. For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.
Eric Hosmer crushed his 16th homer of the year on Tuesday, bringing his RBI total to 66. KC’s first baseman debuted on May 6 and has played in 110 games (including Wednesday). He is currently sixth in franchise history in both home runs and RBI among rookies. Let’s take a look and see that Hos has a chance to move up a few notches in each category before the end of 2011:
Player, Year, Home Runs
Bob Hamelin, 1994 24
Carlos Beltran, 1999 22
Bo Jackson, 1987 22
Mark Quinn, 2000 20
Angel Berroa, 2003 17
Eric Hosmer, 2011 16
Player, Year, RBI
Carlos Beltran, 1999 108
Kevin Seitzer, 1987 83
Mark Quinn, 2000 78
Angel Berroa, 2003 73
Lou Piniella, 1969 68
Eric Hosmer, 2011 66
Before wrapping a three-game series vs. the Cleveland Indians with today’s 1:10 contest, Royals manager Ned Yost said there has been no final decision made on right-handed starter Felipe Paulino, who is scheduled to start tomorrow in Oakland. Paulino received an MRI on Friday after he was scratched from his scheduled appearance on Wednesday vs. Detroit due to back spasms.
“He [Paulino] passed his test yesterday,” Yost said. “Had some general soreness which was okay so we will see how he feels today and we’ll evaluate it tomorrow.”
Right fielder Jeff Francoeur and shortstop Alcides Escobar both have the day off for today’s game. Yost praised Francoeur for his diligence throughout the season and wanted to give him some rest for a change and also playing time for outfielder Mitch Maier. The Royals skipper touched on Escobar’s condition after the shortstop exited Friday’s contest due to a left ankle sprain. Yost said that Escobar is doing well and wanted to give him one more extra day to relax.
“Esky [Escobar] could probably play today but we’re going to give him one more day,” Yost said. “Two days off is going to be a like a month for him.”
Infielder Chris Getz filled in for Escobar at shortstop during Friday’s game and has been put into the role in yesterday and today’s contests as well. Yost complimented Getz saying that the second baseman has worked hard to help his throws from shortstop, which has an entirely different feel than from his customary second base spot.
The Royals will hit the road after today for a seven-game trip facing Oakland and Seattle starting tomorrow with a 3:07 (Central) Labor Day contest vs. the Athletics.