November 2011

Jonathan Broxton introduced at Kauffman Stadium

Newly acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton met with the Kansas City media today.  The former Dodgers closer is coming off of a September surgery for bone spurs in his right elbow.  He said that 10 to 12 teams contacted him this offseason, with the Royals being the first to make an offer.  While he could have closed for a few other clubs, Broxton believes that Kansas City gave him the best opportunity to win.  Whether he pitches early or late in the game, he is ready to help the Royals. 

The easy-going righty also likes the idea that the Royals are a young, competitive club and a family organization.  Broxton plans to lead by example, mentioning that he doesn’t like seeing pitchers celebrate on the mound or batters showing up the opposition after a home run.  Broxton mentored a young Dodgers bullpen last season after his injury, staying for every out of every game.

Broxton feels fine as he recovers and plans to begin throwing in 15 to 16 days.  General Manager Dayton Moore noted that Broxton could begin throwing this week, though the Royals wanted him to wait.  Moore is not worried about Broxton’s health, noting that many teams were interested and all had looked at his medical file.

A few additional notes:

• Moore mentioned the importance of getting one of KC’s top pitching prospects into the rotation at some point in 2012, though it may not happen right away.
• Moore isn’t concerned about Joakim Soria’s struggles in 2011, saying that every closer has ups and downs during a career.  As long as the righty is healthy, Moore believes that he is the go-to guy.

Shortly after the press conference, Broxton was officially added to the 40-man roster.  In a corresponding move, infielder Jeff Bianchi was designated for assignment.  Bianchi, a second-round pick in 2005, played at Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2011.

Royals announce 2012 Spring Training schedule

 The Royals have announced their 2012 Spring Training schedule.  The club will open its tenth season in the Cactus League as the visiting team against its Surprise complex mates, the Texas Rangers, on Sunday, March 4.  

Kansas City’s 31-game Spring Training schedule features 15 home games at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz., plus the March 4 opener, a 1:05 p.m. (CT) start.  Day games from March 5 to 10 will start at 2:05 p.m. (CT) until Daylight Saving Time on March 11 when the games will begin at 3:05 p.m. (CT). The Royals will host a pair of evening games at 8:05 p.m. (CT), first on March 28 vs. Texas, then on March 30 vs. the Chicago White Sox.  In addition, the Royals will play night games in Peoria at 9:05 p.m. (CT) on March 14 against the Seattle Mariners and on March 17 against the San Diego Padres.   The March 24 game in Scottsdale against the Arizona Diamondbacks will start at 8:40 p.m. (CT).

The Royals will conclude the 2012 Spring Training schedule by traveling to California for a pair of exhibition games against the Padres.  The clubs will play at PETCO Park in San Diego on Tuesday, April 3 at 9:05 p.m. (CT) and then travel on Wednesday, April 4 to Lake Elsinore, home of the Padres’ California League affiliate, for at 4:05 p.m. (CT) contest.  Kansas City will not play on Thursday, April 5 before opening the season at Angel Stadium on Friday, April 6 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The Surprise Recreation Campus will accept mail orders along with orders for season ticket packages beginning on Monday, December 5.  For these orders, call 623-222-2222 or visit www.royals.com/springtrainingto obtain a ticket brochure.  Individual Spring Training game tickets go on sale Saturday, December 17 through ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.  The Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office will open at 6:00 a.m. local time on Saturday, January 7 for walk-up purchases.  A service charge will be applied to tickets purchased online or over the phone.

The Royals will once again offer fans a variety of Spring Training travel packages.  The Early Spring Training Special (March 16-18 or March 23-25) includes game tickets, hotel accommodations, car rental, and a Royals travel bag with a cap and t-shirt. Two Grand Slam packages (March 9-11 or March 30-April 1) include all of the benefits in the Early Spring Training Special plus a Meet and Greet with select team personnel.  For more information on Spring Training travel packages, fans may visit www.royals.com/springtravel.

Pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise onMonday, February 20.  Workouts for pitchers begin the following day, Tuesday, February 21.  The remainder of the squad will report on Friday, February 24 and begin workouts for the 2012 campaign on Saturday, February 25.

 

2012 KANSAS CITY ROYALS SPRING SCHEDULE

MARCH

     

 

4

Sunday at Texas Surprise

1:05

5

Monday TEXAS* SURPRISE

2:05

6

Tuesday SAN DIEGO SURPRISE

2:05

 

  at Cleveland Goodyear

2:05

7

Wednesday CHICAGO CUBS SURPRISE

2:05

8

Thursday at Colorado Scottsdale

2:05

9

Friday at Cincinnati (ss) Goodyear

2:05

10

Saturday COLORADO SURPRISE

2:05

11

Sunday at Oakland Phoenix

3:05

12

Monday SAN FRANCISCO SURPRISE

3:05

13

Tuesday CINCINNATI SURPRISE

3:05

14

Wednesday at Seattle Peoria

9:05

15

Thursday at Los Angeles Dodgers Glendale

3:05

16

Friday MILWAUKEE SURPRISE

3:05

17

Saturday at San Diego Peoria

9:05

18

Sunday CLEVELAND SURPRISE

3:05

19

Monday OFF DAY  

 

20

Tuesday LOS ANGELES ANGELS SURPRISE

3:05

21

Wednesday OAKLAND SURPRISE

3:05

22

Thursday at Chicago White Sox Glendale

3:05

23

Friday LOS ANGELES DODGERS SURPRISE

3:05

24

Saturday at Arizona Scottsdale

8:40

25

Sunday MILWAUKEE (ss) SURPRISE

3:05

26

Monday at San Francisco Scottsdale

3:05

27

Tuesday at Milwaukee Maryvale

3:05

28

Wednesday TEXAS SURPRISE

8:05

29

Thursday at Los Angeles Angels Tempe

3:05

30

Friday CHICAGO WHITE SOX SURPRISE

8:05

31

Saturday ARIZONA (ss) SURPRISE

3:05

APRIL

     

 

1

Sunday at Seattle Peoria

3:05

2

Monday OFF DAY  

 

3

Tuesday at San Diego San Diego

9:05

4

Wednesday at San Diego Lake Elsinore

4:05

 

* All times Central; dates and times are subject to change

* March 5 – Charity game

Reporting Dates

                February 20 – Pitchers and Catchers Report

                February 21 – Pitchers and Catchers First Workout

                February 24 – Full Squad Reports

                February 25 – First Full Squad Workout

Royals agree to terms with pitcher Jonathan Broxton on a one-year contract

The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms with right-handed relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton on a one-year Major League contract for the 2012 season, pending a physical exam.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are delighted to add someone as talented as Jonathan to our bullpen,” Royals GM Dayton Moore said.  “He will be used in a set up role to closer Joakim Soria and will help solidify what we feel is a young and talented bullpen.”

The 27-year-old Broxton was a two-time National League All-Star (2009, 2010) while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, including picking up the save for the National League in the 2010 Midsummer Classic in Anaheim.  Since debuting in 2005 for the Dodgers, Broxton has compiled a 25-20 record with 84 saves and a 3.19 ERA in 386 appearances, all in relief.  In 392.0 career innings, the 6-foot-4 right-hander has struck out 503, a ratio of 11.55 strikeouts per nine innings which is the third-highest in baseball since 2005 among pitchers with at least 350 innings.  Broxton was 1-2 with seven saves and a 5.68 ERA in just 14 games for the Dodgers in 2011 before being placed on the Disabled List on May 6 with bone spurs in his right elbow that eventually required arthroscopic surgery on September 19.

Broxton and his wife, Elizabeth, have a son, Jonathan Brooks, and reside in Waynesboro, Ga.

Photos: Royals unveil uniform updates for 2012 season

 The Royals today announced updates to the club’s alternate home and primary road uniforms for the 2012 season.  In addition to the changes described below, every version of the uniform jerseys will feature the 2012 All-Star Game patch on the right sleeve.  The updated uniforms were unveiled today at an event at Kauffman Stadium featuring hitting coach Kevin Seitzer and 2011 All-Star pitcher Aaron Crow. 

Changes to the alternate home “powder blue” uniforms:

·         Jersey will feature a new bolder powder blue color that better represents the original powder blue color of our historic past. 

·         “Royals” script on the front of the jersey has been changed to white with blue outline and the number on the front of the jersey is now blue with white outline. 

·         Standard Royals blue KC cap will be worn with the new alternate jersey.

Changes to the primary road grey uniforms:

·         Grey color fabric has been changed to a deeper looking blue/grey tonal quality that will enhance the other colors featured in the uniform.

·          The “Kansas City” script has been retooled to a more stylized font that now is in the same family as our traditional “Royals” script font.

·         The piping on both the jersey and pants is now a dual blue and white color scheme.

The Royals Majestic Team Store located at Gate C of Kauffman Stadium has announced special holiday hours allowing fans the opportunity to pick up those perfect Royals gifts for friends and family, including the brand-new powder blue and road jerseys.  The store will be open on Friday, November 25 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and then again on Saturday, November 26 during the KU-MU football game from noon to 5 p.m.  In addition, the store will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from December 19-23 with the exception of December 20 when the store will close at 6 p.m.

Nebraska and KC teammates join Gordon to help Diamond Dawgs

On Saturday night, Gold Glove outfielder Alex Gordon and his wife Jamie hosted Playing for Pink Casino Night to benefit the Nebraska Diamond Dawgs baseball team and the American Cancer Society. 

Two of the young players on the Diamond Dawgs have lost their mothers to cancer.  The entire team has rallied with a Playing for Pink motto- they wear pink jerseys with inspirational words on the back.  Alex and Jamie have become regular supporters of the Diamond Dawgs, with the fight against cancer a personal one as Alex’s mother is a breast cancer survivor.  

Half of the proceeds from Saturday’s event will help the Diamond Dawgs reach their goal of competing in a tournament next summer in Cooperstown, New York, with the other half going to the American Cancer Society. 

Attendees at the Lincoln event included: Royals Billy Butler, Jeff Francoeur, Luke Hochevar and hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, plus Nebraska alums and fellow MLB stars Joba Chamberlain, Brian Duensing and Tony Watson.

You can see more photos from the event on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/PlayingforPink

Royals add Ryan Verdugo to 40-man roster ahead of tonight’s deadline

The Kansas City Royals today announced the club has selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo.  The move sets the Royals’ 40-man roster at 39 for the offseason reserve list deadline which occurs at midnight ET tonight.

Verdugo, 24, was acquired from the San Francisco Giants with left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez on November 7 in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera.  He was 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA in 25 starts for Double-A Richmond in 2011, his first season as a starter in the minor leagues.  The 6-foot, 193-pounder is 21-7 with a 3.14 ERA in 101 career minor league appearances, including 26 starts.  Verdugo, a resident of Baton Rouge, La., has allowed 185 hits in his 234.1 career innings, striking out 300.  The Giants’ ninth-round pick in 2008 was a teammate of current Royals reliever Louis Coleman when the two played at Louisiana State University.

The Royals current 40-man roster is listed below.

Pitchers (20)                                          

Nate Adcock                                           
Noel Arguelles                                        
Louis Coleman                                        
Tim Collins                                              
Aaron Crow                                             
Danny Duffy                                            
Kelvin Herrera                                          
Luke Hochevar                                         
Greg Holland                                            
Jeremy Jeffress                                         
Aaron Laffey                                            
Vin Mazzaro                                            
Luis Mendoza                                          
Sean O’Sullivan                                        
Felipe Paulino                                          
Jonathan Sanchez                                     
Joakim Soria                                            
Everett Teaford                                        
Ryan Verdugo                                          
Blake Wood                                           

Catchers (3)                                            

Brayan Pena                                            
Salvador Perez                                        
Manuel Pina
                                          
Infielders (9)                                     

Jeff Bianchi                                             
Billy Butler                                           
Alcides Escobar                                       
Chris Getz                                              
Johnny Giavotella                                  
Eric Hosmer                                      
Mike Moustakas                                     
Yamaico Navarro                               
Clint Robinson                                          

Outfielders (7)                                        
Lorenzo Cain                                            
Jarrod Dyson                                           
Jeff Francoeur                                           
Alex Gordon                                           
David Lough                                          
Mitch Maier                                              
Derrick Robinson

Photos: Aaron Crow and Royals associates serve meal at City Union Mission

For the sixth straight year, the Royals sponsored a Thanksgiving meal at City Union Mission in Kansas City.  Two groups of Royals associates served today – one at the Men’s Center and another at the Family Center.  The photos below are from the Men’s Center, where All-Star pitcher Aaron Crow led the associates.  For more information on City Union Mission, visit www.cumission.org.  On Twitter, follow @CUMissionKC .

Jirschele named Mike Coolbaugh Award winner by Minor League Baseball

Congratulations to Omaha manager Mike Jirschele, who was named the 2011 Mike Coolbaugh Award winner today by Minor League Baseball.

The Mike Coolbaugh Award is presented to an individual who has shown an outstanding baseball work ethic, knowledge of the game and skill in mentoring young players on the field. Coolbaugh played in nearly 1,700 games in his Minor League Baseball career from 1990-2006. He also appeared in 44 Major League games. Coolbaugh was only 35 years old when he died after being hit in the neck by a line drive while coaching first base for Tulsa in a game at Arkansas on July 22, 2007.

Jirschele led the Omaha Storm Chasers to the Pacific Coast League championship in his ninth consecutive year of managing the Royals’ top affiliate this season. Along the way, he also won his 1,000th game as a Minor League manager.

Bobby Jones (2008), Charlie Montoyo (2009) and Woody Huyke (2010) have also received the Coolbaugh Award.

Royals Awards Luncheon set for January 11

 The Royals will recognize a select group of honorees for their exceptional contributions both on and off the field in 2011 at the Royals Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.  The event will take place at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. 

Award recipients already announced include 2011 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year Bruce Chen, 2011 Les Milgram Player of the Year Alex Gordon and 2011 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner Eric Hosmer

Winners of several additional awards, named to honor the accomplishments of great players and contributors to the organization, will be announced at a later date and include:

Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award – recognizing an outstanding member of the community
Matt Minker Award – recognizing an outstanding Minor League affiliate employee
Art Stewart Scout of the Year – recognizing an outstanding scout
Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development
Mike Sweeney Award – recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field
Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top base runner
Frank White Defensive Player of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top defensive player
Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top pitcher
George Brett Hitter of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top hitter

More details, including information on how to purchase tickets for the event, will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition to the Royals Awards Luncheon, the club will also set out for annual Royals Caravan in January.  Royals FanFest, which debuted in 2008, will not be held in 2012 due to preparations for the upcoming MLB All-Star Game and related festivities, including the MLB All-Star FanFest.  Plans call for the event to return to the Overland Park Convention Center in 2013.

 

Sanchez ready to help KC

Newly-acquired pitcher met with members of the local media at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday morning.  The lefty says that he is healthy and has been working out in preparation for the season.  The soft-spoken Sanchez brings postseason experience from the 2010 World Series champion Giants and is focused on helping the Royals win in 2012.  While he has never pitched at Kauffman Stadium, Sanchez was on hand when KC hosted San Francisco in 2008.  He sees The K as a pitcher’s park and is also fine with the warm Midwestern summers, which share some similarities to his native Puerto Rico.

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