May 2012

Ned Yost media session: May 7

Luke Hochevar was the first topic the media brought up today when meeting with Manager Ned Yost. He said, “There is no problem, we are just trying to get to the root of why big innings seem to be happening to him.” They discussed yesterday and it could be something as simple as Hoch is in a slump. Yost gave the example that there were times yesterday where he was not duplicating his mechanics on pitches which is very important and said pitchers have to have consistency when delivering your pitches. He then went on to say the ball Robinson Cano hit yesterday was a good pitch from Hoch, but you are going to have that with big league hitters. Yost said, “He does not think it is in his mind set and he thinks he is just in a rut and he will turn it around. He will continue to work and make sure his mechanics are where they need to be and he will get out of it.”

Yost said, “A pitcher’s slump is comparable to a hitter. When they are on they are locked in on every pitch and putting a good swing on balls.” It is all about consistency, Yost added. He said, “We know when Hoch is right and he is not right, right now but he will get there.” He also added they have not lost any faith in him and his role will be the same. Yost went on to say they will not be bailing on him after two bad starts, just like they would not bail on someone like Eric Hosmer, just because he is not hitting for a high average at the moment. The smart thing to do is to stick with them and keep the confidence in them because it is just a matter of time before they get out of that rut. Yost then added, “Hoch is a very important part of the pitching staff and they will not be changing anything with him and he will get back to where he has been.” He then expressed the confidence that he believes Hoch will come out in his next start and have a good one and be back on his stuff.

Perserverance: Irving Falu’s triple

Irving Falu had his contract selected from Omaha last Thursday after 949 minor league games.  He made his debut yesterday and tripled in his first at-bat, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored.  KC’s 21st round pick in 2003, Falu is tied with Mitch Maier for the longest tenure of a player in the organization (Maier was selected in the first round that year). 

The mark of 949 games make Falu the answer to an interesting trivia question:  “Which player originally signed by the Royals played the most minor league games before making his debut as a Royal?”  Second on the list is outfielder Mike Brewer, who was KC’s first round pick in the January phase in 1979.  Brewer debuted on June 11, 1986.  (For the record, Brewer was traded to Cleveland early in the 1985 season.  He played in the minors for the Tribe that season and was traded back to KC in September.  He began 1986 with Omaha before debuting with KC).   Special thanks to Royals Hall of Fame director Curt Nelson for his research on this subject!

Ned Yost media session: May 6

Aside from the rainy conditions in Kansas City, Irving Falu was the first subject brought up when Ned Yost met with the media inside his office this morning.  Falu will be making his first Major debut today for the Royals.  He was selected in the 21st round by the Royals in 2003 and has spent the past three years in Omaha.  Yost said he is excited to see what Falu can do up here and he is excited to see him in his first Major League game.  He went on to compliment Falu on his hard work and dedication in the minors for the past nine to ten years to get here.  Falu will replace Alcides Escobar in the lineup today.  Jeff Francoeur and Escobar have not had a game off yet this season and Yost feels today is a good day to give them that rest.

Base running was the next biggest item of discussion.  The Royals have had quite a few stolen bases to this point in the season including Escobar’s American League leading (3-way tie) seven.  Yost said the key to this is giving players the green light, not just telling them when to go and making sure players are running in the right spots, when the conditions are favorable for a stolen base.  He said the success rate is getting back to where the Royals want it.  There are base running sessions when they have the chances on occasional off-days or before opening home stands to get even better.  Yost encourages players to be aggressive, but he wants them to be smart and, if they do make a mistake, he asks they learn something from it and apply it to their game.  He said these guys can play and they know when to go and when not to go and with a green light he feels they have a higher success rate because it is on them and more comfortable for them.  He also noted the green light is not available for all players, but can be given pitch-by-pitch and a steal sign is still implemented when he sees the opportunity.

Ned Yost media session: May 5

Today, Ned Yost had a short media session, but he did discuss why Louis Coleman had to go to Omaha. The reason simply was because Felipe Paulino was activated from the disabled list.  Paulino is full strength for tonight.  Yost says, “There will be no restrictions on him tonight and he is available to go 105 or 110 (pitches).”

Greg Holland looked really good today in a batting practice throwing session and he had no after effects.  Holland should be heading out to Northwest Arkansas for his rehab assignment on Tuesday.

Cinco de Mayo – Perez meets fans at Guadalupe Center

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Royals catcher Salvador Perez met fans and signed autographs at the Guadalupe Center’s Cinco de Mayo Community Fiesta today.

Ned Yost media session: May 4

Manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon and injured pitcher Greg Holland was the first topic of discussion.  Yost said he will throw a light batting practice session consisting of about 25 pitches tomorrow and then play catch Sunday and Monday.  He also said Tuesday he will probably go out on a rehab assignment on his way to coming back to the bullpen.

Mike Moustakas has been playing some great defense thus far in the season and Yost said his defense has definitely improved since last season.  Yost went on to say it has improved because Moose has worked extremely hard at it and spent the whole winter getting into great shape, then got after it in day one at Spring Training.  He continues to work every day here and get better and better. Yost added he has great work ethic, great focus and a great winning attitude.  Speaking of the game-ending play from last night Moose made on the slow roller, Yost said he could see in his eye as soon as the ball was hit that he was going to make that play.

The bullpen was the next topic of discussion for Ned’s media session.  The end of the game will be decision time because Aaron Crow and Jonathan Broxton are questionable to make appearances tonight since they have thrown a decent amount recently.  Yost said he probably would not go to them, but had not completely ruled it out yet.  The Royals are hoping to get a solid start out of Bruce Chen tonight, but Yost is confident if they get at least five they will be fine.  He has several available arms in the bullpen, he just does not want to have to overuse them or abuse them.  He said they have been doing great and working hard, but he cannot kill his bullpen in the beginning of May.

Equipment Drive kicks off, continues on Friday

The Royals, along with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and Rawlings, are hosting a baseball equipment drive this week.

Royals Wives will be outside of the Diamond Club and Majestic Team Store on the Field/Plaza Level to collect new and gently-used equipment from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday.  Cash donations will also be accepted.  Fans making a $40 contribution will receive a baseball autographed by their Royals player of choice (while supplies last), while fans making a $10 donation will receive a photo card autographed by their Royals player of choice (also while supplies last).  Donations will benefit the Alta Vista Charter School Baseball Program.  For more information, visit http://www.royals/community

Ned Yost media session: May 3

Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon and a topic of discussion was about Irving Falu, who had his contract selected earlier in the day from Omaha and is in the Majors for the first time. Yost stated, the Royals are looking for somebody who can play second, short, and third and he is good at all of those. Falu has played 949 minor league games and he hasn’t worked hard to just be average at one position, he has worked hard to be good at four or five positions as well as being a good hitter from both sides. Falu has put his time in and he has his opportunity and he is excited that he is here, stated Yost.

The next topic was about Kansas City kid Tommy Hottovy and how excited he is to be coming home, putting on a Royals’ jersey and playing in front of his family, especially against the Yankees this homestand. Yost discussed how he was impressed with Hottovy during spring training and still is impressed. Having him gives the Royals another left-hander option that they can use in tough situations. Last homestand, the Royals struggled in the middle of their order and the starting pitching was not doing very well. When they went on the road the two-through-five hitters were swinging the bats well and their starting pitching was looking better. “We are excited about this homestand,” says Yost.

Homestand Highlights: May 3-9

The Royals return to Kauffman Stadium to host the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox during the club’s upcoming seven-game homestand, May 3-9.  The four-game series with the Yankees and three-game series with Boston will be the only visit to Kansas City for each club in 2012.

The homestand features a number of great giveaways and promotions, including Alex Gordon Rawlings Gold Glove Replicas, Mini Pine Tar Bats and the first T-Shirt Tuesday of the season. 

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

·         Alex Gordon Rawlings Gold Glove Replica – The first 10,000 fans receive an Alex Gordon Rawlings Gold Glove Replica in honor of the club’s left fielder courtesy of Hy-Vee. (photo attached)

·         Frenchy Quarter Thursday – Be part of the newest fan section!  For select Thursday home game, fans will be able to purchase a $21 ticket that includes a Frenchy Quarter T-Shirt, blue Mardi Gras beads and a seat in Jeff Francoeur’s cheering section in the right Outfield Box.  This is a $35 value. 

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

·         MLB Network Bag – The first 20,000 fans receive an exclusive MLB Network drawstring bag courtesy of MLB Network. (photo attached)

·         Fireworks Friday – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game, presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi.

·         Royal Blue Balloting Day – The Royals host a Royal Blue Balloting Day in conjunction with the “Crown a Royal” campaign.  Fans are encouraged to vote for a chance to win great prizes, including the opportunity to represent all Royals fans as the first fan to enter MLB All-Star FanFest on Friday, July 6.  The first 200 fans to complete at least 100 ballots on Friday receive an All-Star balloting sticker and royal blue Mardi Gras beads.  Visit the official All-Star Balloting Station located at Gate E.  www.royals.com/vote

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

·         Meet Hosmer at Kansas Sampler – First baseman Eric Hosmer will meet fans and sign autographs from 11 a.m. to noon at the Kansas Sampler, located at 9750 Quivira across from the Oak Park Mall in Lenexa, Kan.

·         Pine Tar Night – Celebrate one of the most memorable moments in club history on Pine Tar Night.  In honor of George Brett’s famous home run against the Yankees, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Mini Pine Tar Bat courtesy of The University of Kansas Hospital. (photo attached)

·         610 Saturday – Enjoy great activities and live music from the Mikey Needleman Band prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  www.royals.com/610saturdays.

·         Royal Blue Balloting Day – Fans are encouraged to vote as part of the “Crown a Royal” campaign.  The first 200 fans to complete at least 100 ballots receive an All-Star balloting sticker and royal blue Mardi Gras beads.  www.royals.com/vote

·         Health Awareness Day: Strike Out Stroke –The University of Kansas Hospital will address the importance of identifying and treating stroke symptoms by distributing stroke prevention information cards at the gates and sponsoring a special CrownVision message.

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

·         Family FunDay Sunday – Each Sunday home game features face painters, caricature and balloon artists and live family-friendly entertainment in the Outfield Experience courtesy of Radio Disney.  All-Day Play Passes for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience are available for just $10.  www.royals.com/sunday

·         Royal Blue Balloting Day – Fans are encouraged to vote as part of the “Crown a Royal” campaign.  The first 200 fans to complete at least 100 ballots receive an All-Star balloting sticker and royal blue Mardi Gras beads.  www.royals.com/vote

·         Fun Run presented by Sprint – All fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

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

·         Value Monday – All Hy-Vee Level tickets, excluding Hy-Vee Box, are just $7 courtesy of Hy-Vee.

·         Tourism and Hospitality Night at The K – The first 10,000 fans will receive an Attractions Pack courtesy of the Greater Kansas City Attractions Association filled with valuable offers totaling more than $300 for attractions all over town.  In addition to in-game prize giveaways, fans can head out to the Outfield Experience to visit various booths and activities regarding area travel and events.

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

·         T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 get a special Our Time t-shirt courtesy of Teva.  (photo attached)

·         Nurse Appreciation Night – Area nurses can purchase a Field Plaza ticket for just $10 as part of Nurse Appreciation Night at the ballpark presented by Teva.  www.royals.com/teva

Wednesday, May 9 – Boston Red Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 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 include a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Boulevard Grill in the Outfield Experience. 
INK Local Music Showcase – Catch a free pregame concert on us.  Every Wednesday INK Student Night also features live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  The Grisly Hand will be performing prior to the Red Sox-Royals game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.
 
Fans may purchase tickets online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Hy-Vee stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office. 

 

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