February 2012

Spring Training Photos

The outfielders work with coach Doug Sisson.

Catcher Salvador Perez (@SalvadorPerez15 on Twitter) was all smiles while stretching.
Minor league field coordinator Tony Tijerina gives instructions at the minor league practice with help from Brian Buchanan, Rusty Kuntz and Vance Wilson.
2011 first-round pick and Gardner-Edgerton grad Bubba Starling (@Bubba_Star10)
Billy Butler (@BillyButlerKC) and Dayton Moore

Photo time with Danny Duffy ( @dduffkc23 for our Twitter fans )

Royals single-game tickets on sale March 3; club introduces dynamic pricing for select games

Single-game tickets for the Kansas City Royals 2012 season, including a limited number of Opening Day tickets, will go on sale on Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m.  Tickets will be available online at www.royals.com, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS, at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office and at metro-area Hy-Vee stores. Please note that Opening Day tickets will not be available at the Hy-Vee stores.

Fans who choose not to use the club’s convenient online and phone ticketing options and plan to purchase tickets at Kauffman Stadium on March 3 instead must enter the Truman Sports Complex through Gate 1, located off of Blue Ridge Cutoff on the east side of the complex, the Bus Exit/Premium Entrance, off of Stadium Drive on the west side, or the Gate 5 Truck Lane off Raytown Road.  All other gates will be closed to fan traffic.  Fans should park in Lot M or Lot J and enter through Gate B.  Overnight camping will not be permitted.  The complex will open at 7 a.m. on March 3. 

The Royals will implement a random drawing procedure for purchasing tickets at Kauffman Stadium on March 3.  Fans wishing to take part in the random drawing must obtain a wristband at the Gate C lobby on Thursday, March 1 (noon to 6 p.m.) or Friday, March 2 (noon to 9 p.m.) or at Gate C on Saturday, March 3 (7-9 a.m.).  There is no advantage to collecting a wristband early within this time frame.  On March 3, any fan that does not have a wristband will be in a second line behind the fans with wristbands.  The drawing to determine line order will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday and tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m.  Fans taking part in the random drawing will be able to purchase up to four Opening Day seats, while supplies last.

To mark the March 3 on-sale date, the Royals are inviting fans to Kauffman Stadium for an Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Fans will have the opportunity to view available season ticket locations, purchase 2012 Sluggerrr’s Blue Crew Kids Club packages, and enjoy complimentary coffee and donuts in the Diamond Club Lounge.  All guests will have a chance to enter into a raffle for a Bruce Chen autographed jersey, and fans purchasing a season ticket package during the event will receive a free gift.  In addition, the Royals Majestic Team Store will open for fans at 9 a.m. on Saturday and remain open until 2 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.royals.com/openhouse.

On Saturday, March 3, the Kauffman Stadium Box Office will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or fans may place their orders by phone from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The Box Office will also be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4.  Also beginning March 4, phone operators will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. 

The Royals will continue its variable pricing structure for all single-game sales with an adjustment for 2012, as games will be categorized as a premier, select or value game.  In addition, the club will join a number of other MLB clubs and implement dynamic pricing, a practice that is becoming standard across sports and entertainment industries, for a select number of games in 2012. 

Working with Qcue, the industry leader in dynamic pricing software, the Royals will establish ticket prices for the selected games and adjust them on a game-by-game basis based on a variety of market conditions such as team performance, opponent, pitching matchup, weather and day of the week. 

Among the goals of dynamic pricing is broadening the ticket-buying fan base, rewarding fans for purchasing tickets earlier in the season and protecting the value of season tickets.  Please note that the dynamic pricing structure affects the sale of select individual game tickets only and does not affect the sale of season tickets.  Through the system, the Royals ensure that single-game ticket prices for the select games will never be lower than the price offered to Season Ticket Holders.  Season Ticket Holders will continue to pay a set price for their tickets, which provides substantial savings over individual game ticket prices. 

Dynamic pricing will be implemented for the following games.

2012 Dynamic Pricing Games

Monday, April 16 vs. Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17 vs. Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18 vs. Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Thursday, May 3 vs. New York Yankees, 7:10 p.m.

Friday, May 4 vs. New York Yankees, 7:10 p.m.

Saturday, May 5 vs. New York Yankees, 6:10 p.m.

Sunday, May 6 vs. New York Yankees, 1:10 p.m.

Monday, May 7 vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8 vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9 vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Tuesday, June 12 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.

Thursday, June 14 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.

Friday, June 22 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m.

Saturday, June 23 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:10 p.m.

Sunday, June 24 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:10 p.m.

In addition to single-game tickets, season ticket packages are currently available at www.royals.com and by calling (816) 504-4040, option 2. 

Fans can guarantee Opening Day tickets and a chance to purchase tickets to all All-Star events with the purchase of a Full Season or Half Season plan.  Smaller partial plans, including a Pick 15 Plan that starts at just $165 and includes an MLB All-Star FanFest ticket, are also available to fit any budget (while supplies last).

Royals sign catcher Salvador Perez to a multi-year contract

 

The Royals today announced the club has reached an agreement on a multi-year contract with catcher Salvador Perez.  The contract includes five guaranteed years through the 2016 season, then club options for each of the following three seasons: 2017, 2018 and 2019.  Consistent with club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 21-year-old from Valencia, Venezuela, made his Major League debut last year on August 10 and hit .331 (49-for-148) with eight doubles, two triples, three home runs, 21 RBI and 20 runs scored in 39 games as the Royals starting catcher.  His .374 average from August 21 through the remainder of the season was the fourth-highest in baseball.  Known as a strong defensive catcher and game caller, Perez was named the “Best Defensive Catcher” in the Royals minor league system by Baseball America in 2009, 2010 and 2011.  He was originally signed by Kansas City as a non-drafted free agent on September 27, 2006.

 

Royals agree to terms with pitcher Vin Mazzaro on a one-year contract for 2012

The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on a 2012 Major League contract with right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The Royals now have two unsigned players on the 40-man roster with zero to three years of service time: left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy and catcher Salvador Perez.

The Spring Training opener is this Sunday, March 4 against the Texas Rangers at 1:05 p.m. CT.

Royals to appear on TV seven times this spring

The Royals will appear on television seven 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 30 game vs. the Chicago White Sox and the April 3 contest from PETCO Park in San Diego against the Padres.  The spring telecasts kick off a schedule that features 142 Royals games on FOX Sports Kansas City, including the Opening Night contest on April 6 at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  A complete list of FOX Sports Kansas City telecasts for the 2012 season is available at royals.com.

All MLB Network games will be carriage of local telecasts, including local announcers.  The Royals April 3 contest in San Diego, in addition the being telecast on FOX Sports Kansas City, will also be carried on MLB Network, but will be blacked out in the Kansas City market.

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

Wednesday, March 14    9:00 p.m.              Royals at Seattle Mariners (MLB Network, Live)

Thursday, March 15        1:00 a.m.               Royals at Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB Network, tape-delayed)

Thursday, March 22        3:00 p.m.              Royals (ss) at Los Angeles Angels (MLB Network, Live)

Wednesday, March 28    1:00 a.m.               Texas Rangers at Royals (MLB Network, tape-delayed)

Thursday, March 29        3:00 p.m.              Royals at Los Angeles Angels (MLB Network, Live)

Friday, March 30               8:00 p.m.              Chicago White Sox at Royals (FOX Sports Kansas City, Live)

Tuesday, April 3               9:00 p.m.              Royals at San Diego Padres (FOX Sports Kansas City, Live)

11:00 p.m.            MLB Network, tape-delayed (blacked out in Kansas City market)

KC Close Up: Eric Hosmer

One year ago, Eric Hosmer entered his first Major League Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.  Hosmer started the season at Triple-A Omaha, where his domination of the league’s pitchers to the tune of a .439 average earned him a quick promotion to Kansas City.  He made his Major League debut on May 6, drawing a pair of walks while recording his first stolen base in front of 30,690 fans (including a 10K walk-up) at Kauffman Stadium.  Eric posted his first hit the next night, along with an intentional walk that set up the winning run.  He went on to finish third in the A.L. Rookie of the Year voting while quickly becoming a fan favorite.

On Tuesday, ATH contributor Dina Blevins asked Eric a few quick questions about his teammates, his college basketball pick and more…let’s take a look!

ATH:  The first question is…which Royals player would do best on the following television shows?

1.  Jeopardy!

Hosmer:  Mitch Maier

2.  Amazing Race (name either one teammate or a pair that would make a good team on the show)

Hosmer:  Chris Getz and Luke Hochevar

 3. 

American Idol 
 

 

Hosmer:  Myself!

 

Here’s Joel Goldberg interviewing Eric after his first hit on May 7, 2011. Postgame interviews in front of 25,000+ fans – a prelude to Idol?

 4.  The Apprentice

Hosmer:  Nate Adcock 

This is an overview of the Truman Sports Complex on Opening Day, 2009…look at all of the cars! Eric knows what this is like as he parked cars for Dolphins games in Miami.

ATH:  Other than baseball, most memorable job/occupation you’ve had? 

Hosmer:  Parking cars at the Miami Dolphins games with my baseball team

ATH:  Favorite player when you were growing up:

Hosmer:  Ken Griffey, Jr.

ATH:  Besides Kauffman Stadium, what’s your favorite Major League stadium?

Hosmer:  Yankee Stadium (Eric hit his first Major League home run on May 11, 2011 at Yankee Stadium)

ATH:  If you could join a band/musical group (past or present), what group would you join and what would your role be (sing, guitar, drums, etc.)?

Hosmer:  Backup dancer for the Backstreet Boys

Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin threw out the first pitch at Kauffman Stadium in 2010.

ATH:  The NCAA Tournament is coming up…do you have a team that you follow?

Hosmer:  K-State (Eric is good friends with coach Frank Martin, a fellow native of the Miami area.  This interview took place before last night’s big win by the Wildcats.)

Thanks to Eric for answering our questions!  Follow him on Twitter @Hos3KC.

Royals agree to terms with Coleman and Holland on one-year contracts for 2012

The Kansas City Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2012 Major League contracts with right-handed pitchers Louis Coleman and Greg Holland.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

The Royals now have five unsigned players on the 40-man roster with zero to three years of service time: right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro; left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy; catcher Salvador Perez; and infielders Alcides Escobar and Johnny Giavotella.

Pitchers and catchers officially reported to Surprise, Ariz., on Monday with the first workout taking place yesterday afternoon.  The remainder of the squad will officially report on Friday and begin workouts for the 2012 campaign on Saturday afternoon.  The Spring Training opener is on Sunday, March 4 against the Texas Rangers at 2:05 p.m. CT.

 

Royals Alumni Association gives back to Kansas City community

The Kansas City Royals Alumni Association is helping make the Kansas City area a better place to live through local charity and community programs by donating a total of $30,000.  Donations range from $500 to $2,500.

The following 26 programs received donations from the Alumni Association: Antioch Church/The StoreHouse/Angel House, Catholic Charities, Coldwater, Cross Points Church/Alms Fund, Grace Church-Fund for Needy Families, House of Hope, Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City Rescue Mission, Kansas City Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Kimberlie Jo Patek Foundation for Spinal Cord Injuries, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lou Gehrig’s Disease-Keith Worthington Chapter ALS, Medical Missions Foundation, Morning Star Baptist Church and Salvation Army, Operation Breakthrough, Paul Splittorff Golf Tournament, Project Walk Kansas City, Rachel House, Salvation Army, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church-Hillcrest Housing, Wounded Warriors and the YMCA Challenger Program.

Throughout the year, Royals Alumni donate their time to help raise money for the foundation to help area families in need.  The two largest fundraising events are the Royals Alumni Batting Practices at Kauffman Stadium and the Royals Alumni Fantasy Camp located in Surprise, Ariz.

 

Royals agree to terms with Cain, Hosmer, Mendoza and Moustakas

The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2012 Major League contracts with right-handed pitcher Luis Mendoza, infielders Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

The Royals now have seven unsigned players on the 40-man roster with zero to three years of service time: right-handed pitchers Louis Coleman, Greg Holland and Vin Mazzaro; left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy; catcher Salvador Perez; and infielders Alcides Escobar and Johnny Giavotella.

Pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise, Ariz., on Monday, with workouts for pitchers starting the following afternoon, Tuesday, February 21.  The remainder of the squad will report next Friday, February 24 and begin workouts for the 2012 campaign on Saturday afternoon, February 25.

Royals agree to terms with Tim Collins on a one-year contract for 2012

The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on a 2012 Major League contract with left-handed pitcher Tim Collins.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 22-year-old Collins made 68 appearances for the Royals in 2011, his rookie campaign.  The lefty was 4-4 with a 3.63 ERA, striking out 60 and walking 48 in 67.0 innings.  Collins was acquired by the Royals from the Atlanta Braves on July 31, 2010.

The Royals now have 11 unsigned players on the 40-man roster with zero to three years of service time: right-handed pitchers Louis Coleman, Greg Holland, Vin Mazzaro and Luis Mendoza; left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy; catcher Salvador Perez; infielders Alcides Escobar, Johnny Giavotella, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas; and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

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

 

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