April 2012

Royals and Aramark introduce new concession, retail offerings

 The Royals and ARAMARK, the official concessionaire of Kauffman Stadium, have introduced a number of new concession areas for the 2012 season.  The expanded menu provides fans with an array of food and beverage options during their ballpark visit, while a new 47 Brand retail store offers premium Royals headwear and apparel.

Urban Wok:  Egg rolls, crab rangoon and other Asian food offerings are available at the Urban Wok, located at section 239 along the first base line on the Field/Plaza Level. 

Blue Moose Bar & Grill:  Royals fans can get a taste of Blue Moose Bar & Grill’s sausage emporium at the Blue Moose stand, located inside Rivals Express on the east side of Rivals Sports Bar in right field.

Boulevard Pub and Boulevard Grill:  Fans can enjoy craft beers from Kansas City’s own Boulevard Brewing Company at the new Boulevard Pub, located at section 230 near the Diamond Club on the Field/Plaza Level.  The pub features bar seating where fans can catch all the game action.  In addition, Kauffman Stadium now features two new Boulevard Grill locations at sections 206 and 252 in the outfield.

Budweiser Patio:  Anheuser-Busch and the Royals unveiled the new Budweiser Patio atop Rivals Sports Bar on Opening Day.  The patio, which is available for group outings, features a new awning to protect fans from the sun and elements throughout the season.  This unique ballpark venue is complemented with a variety of food and beverage choices.

Captain Morgan Bar:  The new Captain Morgan Bar, located behind section 420 on the Hy-Vee View Level, offers fans an array of adult beverages. 

KC Cantina Taco Truck:  Located behind right-center field in the Outfield Experience, ARAMARK’s new KC Cantina Taco Truck features a variety of tacos, a seafood quesadilla, and cinnamon coated churros.   This mobile stand brings authentic Mexican cuisine to Royals fans in a brand new way.

Papa John’s:  Papa John’s, the new Official Pizza of the Royals, has four locations in Kauffman Stadium – behind sections 221 and 234 on the Field/Plaza Level and sections 413 and 427 on the Hy-Vee View Level.  Each Papa John’s stand features its famous pizza and breadsticks.

In addition to these new menu options, the Royals and ARAMARK also introduced a new 47 Brand retail location for the 2012 season.  Located inside the Royals Hall of Fame, the 47 Brand store features classic and stylish Royals apparel and headwear from its popular clothing line.

Reminder: Saturday’s game will air on FOX Network, plus DISH channel numbers

The Royals open a weekend set at Minnesota tonight (7:10 first pitch on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network).  Saturday’s game will air regionally on the FOX Network (WDAF = Channel 4 in KC).

Here is a look at the upcoming channel numbers for DISH subscribers:

Friday, April 27: Dish 443

Saturday, April 28: on FOX Saturday Baseball

Sunday, April 29: Dish 441

Monday, April 30: Dish 440

Tuesday, May 1: Dish 442

Wednesday, May 2: no TV

Thursday, May 3: Dish 440

Friday, May 4: Dish 443

Saturday, May 5: Dish 441

Sunday, May 6: Dish 441

Royals select the contract of K.C. native Tommy Hottovy from Omaha

 The Kansas City Royals selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Tommy Hottovy from Triple-A Omaha today and optioned right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress to Omaha. With the selection of Hottovy, who is expected to be in uniform tonight (#46) in Cleveland, the Royals 40-man roster stands at 40.  In addition, the club returned outfielder Lorenzo Cain from his rehab assignment with Northwest Arkansas (AA).  Cain remains on the 15-day D.L.

Hottovy, 30, was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in seven relief appearances with the Storm Chasers.  The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder had allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 10.0 innings, walking five and striking out 17.  A Kansas City, Mo., native, Hottovy made his Major League debut for the Boston Red Sox last season, recording no record and a 6.75 ERA (4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO) in eight relief outings.  Hottovy graduated from Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Mo., and Wichita State University.

Jeffress, 24, combined to toss 1.0 scoreless inning over two relief appearances for the Royals, allowing four hits and walking two.

Cain, who has been on the Disabled List since April 13 with a left groin strain, made three rehab starts for the Naturals and was 1-for-9 at the plate. He exited last night’s game and is currently being re-evaluated by the Royals medical staff in Kansas City.

Ned Yost media session: April 23

Today’s first topic of discussion was about Chris Getz being the leadoff hitter. Manager Ned Yost stated he is a smart player; gives you good at bats, takes pitches, and steals bases. He is swinging the bat much better this year and just has a table setter’s mindset, which the club needs right now. The Royals need guys to get on base for when their big hitters come up.

“We got to have a win today and it would mean a lot if we ended this homestand with a win,” said Yost. He went on to say the only thing they can control is today, the last 10 games are finished and they cannot do anything about that, but they can do something about today. Bruce Chen is a guy that can come into a game and help you end a streak. The Royals have a good group of young kids and as soon as they find their rhythm, things will fall into place. Lately, the Royals feel like nothing is going their way; they get runners in scoring position and hit into a double play, they hit a line drive in the outfield and the outfielder falls and makes the play, they get strikes that could go either way and get called strike threes. Once they start winning games, it will turn. This team is convinced that they are the group to turn this around.

Even though the Royals love playing at home and love their fans, a change of scenery would not hurt since it has been a struggle here this homestand. Yost stated that it is important for the Royals to win this game tonight and then go get themselves right on the road and come back and play the way they are capable of playing.

Ned Yost media session: April 22

Ned Yost addressed the second lineup change in as many days, with the swap of Jason Bourgeois at leadoff instead of Yuniesky Betancourt this morning when he met with the media. He said the change is because the Royals are facing Toronto lefty Ricky Romero this afternoon. Bourgeois is a more prototypical leadoff guy against southpaws and has seen good success against them. He also added they will go back to their regular lineup [yesterday’s] tomorrow, against righties. Yost went on to say he likes Yuni in the leadoff spot and he was swinging the bat good yesterday and he also likes the way the lineup is laid out that way.

Greg Holland’s bone scan came back negative, therefore there is no stress fracture and it is just a deep bruise as suspected yesterday. He will be shut down from throwing for five days, then put on a throwing program for a few weeks, and will hopefully be back after that.

Ned Yost media session: April 21

The lineup change was the first topic of discussion when Manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon. He said they just wanted to try to make some minor adjustments and shake things up a bit to get a different look and get some offense going.  Yost went on to say every once in a while it is good to make an adjustment, especially when you are struggling.  He said it could help some guys get going in the lineup and the Royals will see if it does in tonight’s game.  Yost mainly credits moving Yuniesky Betancourt and Billy Butler up in the lineup to their hot hitting so far this season.  The Royals want their hotter hitters earlier in the order so they will get on base and the others will drive them in.  Yost said they began thinking about the changes after the game last night when they jotted a few lineup options out.  They then made the decision this morning.

This afternoon the Royals placed pitcher Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list with a left rib stress reaction.  The MRI has shown there is some stress where the scapula is being forced downward and is making contact with the ribs, causing a bruise.  As of this morning, the MRI was not showing a fracture, but they were planning to get a bone scan later this afternoon to make sure. The area had bothered Holland some during spring training, but had gone away until after his outing last night.  Yost announced the Royals have recalled right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress from Omaha and he is expected to be in uniform tonight.

Yost said Jeffress has improved a lot from last year and he has tremendous stuff.  He also said his command has also gotten a lot better and he could chew up a few innings at a time out of the bullpen.  With the addition of Jeffress, Yost said Aaron Crow will most likely move into the eighth inning slot and they will mix and match the sixth and seventh.

 

Ned Yost media session: April 20

Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon and the first topic of discussion was the much needed off day the Royals had yesterday.  “Every day you have off is much needed when you play 162 games a season and you take advantage of them,” Yost said.  He then went on to comment it was good to take a bit of a breather, regroup and get back after it today.

Injured centerfielder Lorenzo Cain was brought in yesterday during the off day to go through some tests and workouts and he passed them all with flying colors.  He is getting around a lot better and Yost said they will put him through the paces again today and if he feels as good as he did yesterday he will probably go out on a rehab assignment tomorrow.  Cain will be sent to the Royals’ Double-A club, Northwest Arkansas, for the assignment.  He is eligible to return from the Disabled List on April 26.

Also on the injured watch list, right-hander Felipe Paulino pitched three innings today (around 50-55 pitches) and threw the ball extremely well out in Arizona.  Yost said he is also very close to making the move to Northwest Arkansas as he works back up to Kansas City on his rehab assignment. 

 

MLB, Royals mark start of balloting for the 83rd All-Star Game

(Left to Right – Tim Brosnan, Alex Gordon, Sly James, Mike Sanders, George Brett, David Glass)

From Major League Baseball:

 Major League Baseball today marked the ceremonial start of All-Star Balloting for the 83rd All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 10th at Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals.  Major League Baseball, the Firestone brand and the Royals hosted a press conference today at Kauffman Stadium, which included Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President, Business; David Glass, the Chairman/Owner of the Kansas City Royals; the Honorable Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City; the Honorable Mike Sanders, Jackson County Executive; Hall of Famer George Brett, a 13-time American League All-Star and MLB All-Star Summer Ambassador; and Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the MLB All-Star FanFest Spokesperson.  Balloting will officially begin on Friday, April 20th, when the Royals host the Toronto Blue Jays.

      MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports, and last year produced a record-shattering total of 32.5 million ballots cast.  More than 20 million Firestone All-Star ballots will be distributed at the 30 Major League ballparks, each of which will have 23 dates for balloting, and in approximately 100 Minor League ballparks.  Also starting tomorrow, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot.  During the voting period, the All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot will be available in English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese versions of the online ballot and will offer audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually-impaired fans.

      Every Major Club will have begun its in-stadium balloting no later than Tuesday, May 8th.  When the in-stadium phase of balloting concludes on Friday, June 22nd, fans will have the opportunity to cast their ballots exclusively online at MLB.com, the 30 Club Web sites and their mobile devices until Thursday, June 28th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

      Firestone, the official tire of MLB, is once again the exclusive sponsor of the 2012 In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program.  The ballot features an All-Star sweepstakes, in which a winner will be rewarded with a trip for two to MLB All-Star Week, including airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to the All-Star Game and other MLB All-Star Week events. 

      Scotts, the official lawn care company of MLB, is once again the sponsor of the retail All-Star Balloting Program, which launches on May 4th in select Lowe’s stores and Chevrolet dealerships across the country.  The Scotts ballot will include an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a baseball field makeover using Scotts products for your community. 

      Banco BHD will sponsor All-Star Balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball, and at All-Star Balloting terminals across more than 80 branches, beginning in May.  Coors Light will provide offline All-Star Balloting in 60 Wal-Mart and Amigo convenience stores throughout Puerto Rico, from May 1st-June 10th.

      Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said: “As we aim for another record year of All-Star Balloting, today’s festivities at Kauffman Stadium represent the beginning of our efforts to bring the excitement of the Midsummer Classic to the wonderful fans of Kansas City.  Today’s players are carrying on the legacy of George Brett and the other greats of the game, and we are delighted to bring the All-Star Game to Kansas City for the first time since 1973.”

      For the fourth consecutive year, this year’s ballot will feature the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll.  Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each League who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby.  The Fan Poll also will be available online at MLB.com.  The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby, part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/7:00 p.m. (CDT) on Monday, July 9th.  The 10 American League candidates are Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays; Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers; the winner of the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees; the winner of the 2009 State Farm Home Run Derby, Prince Fielder of the Tigers; Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers; Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox; Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays; the winner of the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby, David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox; Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; and Mark Reynolds of the Baltimore Orioles.  The 10 National League candidates are Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers; Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals; Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins; Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies; Dan Uggla of the Atlanta Braves; Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds; David Wright of the New York Mets; and Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals.

      The 2012 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1st on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell, televised nationally on TBS.  The A.L. All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the N.L. All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters.  The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 25 for the N.L. and 24 for the A.L. – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers – A.L. skipper Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and N.L. manager Tony La Russa – in conjunction with Major League Baseball.

      Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters on Sunday, July 1st, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote.  Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over a four-day period and the winners will be announced after the voting concludes on Thursday, July 5th.  Now in its eighth year, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on their mobile phones.

      The final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet.  During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. 

      The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10th.  The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed.  Pregame ceremonies will begin at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/7:00 p.m. (CDT).  ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game.  MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.  For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Ned Yost media session: April 18

Royals’ manager Ned Yost met with members of the media discussing today’s lineup. He talked about how he liked Yuniesky Betancourt in the number two spot because between him and Chris Getz, he decided to go with the right-hander (Betancourt) even though they have both been swinging the bat well because right-handers have been hitting well off Tigers starter Max Scherzer. The Royals are also trying to find out ways to break up their left-handed batters. The number two spot is not as important when everyone is swinging the bat well, stated Yost, also mentioning that having a prototypical number two hitter doesn’t mean as much when you don’t have a prototypical leadoff man.

Betancourt’s ankle has come along since he originally hurt it during spring training. Hitting and defense was not affecting him as much as running the bases and making those turns. They recently injected it and it’s feeling much better.

Yesterday after the game, a large portion of the team crowded around Jeff Francoeur’s locker for an informal get together. “It is music to my ears to hear those guys sitting in the corner laughing and talking after the game,” says Yost. The team is playing hard, but they just need to take a deep breath and relax, states Yost. They are a family and can relax and take pressure off of each other together.

Ned Yost media session: April 17

The first topic of discussion today was the status of the rotation for tomorrow and Friday. Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar passed his test and will now start on Friday against the Blue Jays, giving two one extras day to rest his ankle. Pitcher Jonathan Sanchez will be moved up to pitch tomorrow. Ned Yost stated that the club is going to take the advantage of bumping Jonathan up a day and sharpen up his command and Hochevar a day and a half extra to get ready for Friday. Sanchez previously threw 70 pitches in 2.2 innings last Saturday against the Indians. He feels good, feels strong and wants to throw.

Moose at the Hot Corner

Mike Moustakas has made several key plays at third base early in the season and a reporter asked if he is better than advertised at third. Yost said “yes, most definitely” noting that he has put in a lot of hours of hard work on his defense. Ned stated that he has been fantastic over at third. He puts in early work at the stadium and on the road.

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