June 2012

Doubleheader Saturday – 12:10 game on FSKC; 6:10 game on FOX Network

The Royals and Twins will play two at Target Field on Saturday due to a rainout on April 28.

The matinee, scheduled for a 12:10 start, will air on FOX Sports Kansas City.  Saturday’s nightcap will be televised regionally on the FOX Network (WDAF – FOX 4 in Kansas City).

Please check your local listings and enjoy the split doubleheader!

Here are the upcoming channel numbers for Dish Network subscribers.

Saturday, June 30 (12:10 game): 440

Sunday, July 1: 442

Monday, July 2: 441

Tuesday, July 3: 442

Wednesday, July 4: 443

Thursday, July 5: 442

Friday, July 6: 440

Saturday, July 7: 443

Sunday, July 8: 440

For more information on upcoming telecasts, visit http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/schedule/broadcast/index.jsp?c_id=kc

George Toma selected to Royals Hall of Fame

 The Kansas City Royals today have announced that former groundskeeper George Toma has been voted into the Royals Hall of Fame.  Toma will become the 25th member of the Royals Hall of Fame when inducted during on-field ceremonies prior to the Minnesota Twins versus Royals game at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, August 31.

Toma is the first inductee elected through the Royals Hall of Fame Veterans Committee which was part of a redesigned voting process established in 2011.  The veterans committee vote, taken in even numbered years, considers the candidacy of non-field personnel in addition to players and managers no longer eligible for election by Regular Phase Royals Hall of Fame Voting.  The committee consists of 16 members, comprised of select Royals Hall of Fame Members, Royals’ Club Executives and media members.  Candidates must be named on at least seventy-five percent (75%) of all ballots cast to be elected.

George Toma originally came to Kansas City in 1957 as head groundskeeper for the Kansas City Athletics. Generally regarded as the finest groundskeeper in the history of team sports, he first made his name by taking a notorious poor field at Municipal Stadium and transforming it into one of the best in the game.  Toma’s stature as a groundskeeper extended well beyond his baseball work, including associations with the Kansas City Chiefs and the National Football League among others.  His work as turf consultant for the National Football League at every Super Bowl earned him the Professional Football Hall of Fame Pioneer Award in 2001.  He joined mentor Emil Bossard as the first two inductee’s into the MLB Groundskeeper Association Hall of Fame earlier this year.  He has continued to work in recent years, assisting the Minnesota Twins at their spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla.

Toma served as the Royals Head Groundskeeper from their inception in 1969 through the 1995 season. He also served as a consultant to the ballclub from 1995-97.  He and his wife, Donna, still make their home in the Kansas City area, and his son, Chip, served with him for many years both with the Royals and Chiefs.

Previous Hall of Fame inductees include:

1986: Pitcher Steve Busby and Outfielder Amos Otis

1987: Manager Dick Howser, Second Baseman Cookie Rojas and Pitcher Paul Splittorff

1989: Pitcher Dennis Leonard and Designated Hitter Hal McRae

1992: Club President Joe Burke, Pitcher Larry Gura and Shortstop Fred Patek

1993: Owner Ewing Kauffman

1994: Third Baseman George Brett

1995: Second Baseman Frank White

1996: Royals First Lady Muriel Kauffman and first baseman John Mayberry

1998: Relief pitcher Dan Quisenberry

2000: Manager Whitey Herzog and outfielder Willie Wilson 

2003: Pitcher Jeff Montgomery

2004: Radio Announcer Denny Matthews

2005: Pitcher Bret Saberhagen

2006: Pitcher Mark Gubicza

2008: Scout Art Stewart

2011: Kevin Appier

 

Omaha sends four to Triple-A All-Star Game

 The Pacific Coast League announced their selections for the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game to be held on July 11 at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y.  The contest, which features the PCL All-Star squad and the International League’s best, will air live on MLB Network at 6:00 p.m. CDT.  Omaha outfielder Wil Myers has been selected as a starter for the PCL.  First baseman Clint Robinson will represent the Storm Chasers in a reserve role along with left-handed pitchers Tommy Hottovy and Ryan Verdugo.

Myers, 21, began the season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas before joining Omaha in mid-May.  He has a combined .325 average with 19 doubles, 25 home runs and 65 RBI, including 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 40 games with Omaha.  Kansas City’s third-round pick in 2009, Myers currently leads the entire minor leagues in home runs.  He will also participate in the XM All-Star Futures Game for the second straight year.

Robinson, 27, the Royals’ 25th-round selection in 2007, is batting .313 with 21 doubles, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and 41 runs scored in 71 games.  Robinson made his Major League debut on June 8 at Pittsburgh.  He appeared in four games with Kansas City, all in a pinch-hitting role.

Hottovy, who will turn 31 on July 9, is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and seven saves in 20 relief appearances for Omaha.  The Kansas City native also appeared in five games for his hometown Royals, recording a 3.38 ERA over 5.1 innings.  A graduate of Park Hill South High School and Wichita State University, Hottovy signed with the Royals as a minor league free agent on November 18, 2011.  A fourth-round selection by Boston in 2004, Hottovy made his Major League debut with the Red Sox on June 3, 2011.

Verdugo, 25, has compiled a 5-2 mark and a 3.65 ERA over 14 starts in his first action at the Triple-A level.  He was on Kansas City’s 25-man roster in early June, but did not appear in a game.  The LSU product was selected by San Francisco in the ninth round of the 2008 June Free Agent Draft and acquired by Kansas City in a trade on November 7, 2011.

Ned Yost media session: June 27

Today’s roster moves were the first topic of discussion when manager Ned Yost met with media inside his office this morning.  The Royals recalled left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from Triple-A Omaha while optioning lefty Francisley Bueno to Omaha and designating catcher Humerto Quintero for assignment.  Both Teaford and Bourgeois are in the starting lineup for this afternoon’s game.  Yost said they needed another spot for Teaford on the roster and they would be facing a lot of left-handed pitchers in their upcoming games, therefore they wanted to add another right handed bat in Bourgeois.  Yost said the reason they sent Quintero out instead of Brayan Pena is because he (Pena) is under club control through next year, while Quintero is a free agent at the end of the season.  Yost also said Bueno did a very good job for the Royals while he was here and he wishes he could keep him, but with roster restrictions and the team’s needs they can’t. 

The next topic involved the addition of Bourgeois and the Royals’ plans for him.  Yost said Bourgeois swings the bat very well against left-handed pitching and they needed that right handed bat.  He went on to say that it will be a bit of a platoon between Bourgeois and Jarrod Dyson although Dyson is better defensively and has more range.  What it means is centerfield will not be a strict platoon spot and Dyson will likely see more playing time, but Bourgeois will get a chance as well.  Depending on the situations and what is happening in the game will likely dictate what happens. 

Lorenzo Cain will be making another start in Triple-A tonight on his rehab assignment to get back with the Royals.  Yost said he is still not ready and it will be a while before he is back in Kansas City.  He said he still has to get his strength back up and be ready to play nine innings every day.  Right now he is only playing six to seven innings per game.  Yost said once he is fully ready he will be back.

 

Dream Factory: A Royals Reunion

A special reunion took place at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday as Wyatt Sperry visited with Kevin Seitzer.  KC’s hitting coach presented Sperry with a Royals jersey. 

In 1987, Wyatt was battling cancer as a four-year old.  Wyatt, who had a leg amputated due to the cancer, came to a Royals game and had the chance to meet the rookie third baseman through the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City (1987 photo below).

Larry Moore will have coverage of the reunion on KMBC this Friday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m.  For more information on the Dream Factory, visit http://www.kcdream.org/.

Ned Yost media session: June 26

When manager Ned Yost met with the media before tonight’s game there was a discussion about who will be the starting pitcher in the final game of the three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Everett Teaford will be throwing tomorrow. “He has been throwing the ball good and we like a left-handed match up against this club. He has been throwing well in Omaha,” said Yost. Everett is a fairly young pitcher in terms of game experience and has both started and relieved in the Majors, but the question is will he have the potential to be a consistent starting pitcher in the Majors? Yost says, “I think he does, he has made great strides in the last couple of years. He has really started to make a name for himself in our organization. The thing I like about him is that he has three pretty good pitches and he throws strikes and he competes really, really well.”

The Royals have had back-to-back good offensive days, scoring eight runs in each game. Yost said, “You can put nine guys out there that struggle for a week and then all of sudden come back one day and score eight runs. It’s just the natural ups and downs of the season and it happens every year. We did a good job of winning close games lately. You just have to stay level headed and try and go out each and every day and win a game.” The Royals will be looking to continue this offensive trend tonight.

Ned Yost media session: June 25

Tonight’s starting pitcher for the Royals, right-hander Luke Hochevar, was the first topic of discussion when manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon.  One media member brought up a comment from Yost after Hochevar’s last start in which he said a key to his success was not overusing his cut fastball.  The media asked if the phrase “pitchers falling in love with a pitch” is what has happened to Hoch in rough starts this season. Yost replied saying he used the pitch a lot and got hit around with it more than he needed to, but he has made the adjustment and is throwing his curveball and four-seam fastball much more effectively.  Yost said he is throwing the ball very well now.

The next question asked by the media involved comparing the Tampa Bay Rays and where they have come from to get to the caliber team they are now each year to the Royals and where they want to be headed.  Yost said he believes there are several similarities there going back a few years ago when the Rays restocked their farm system and then brought them all together up to the big leagues to develop together as a team at that level.  He said it is similar to the philosophy here in Kansas City and what is being done.

Mike Moustakas hit in the third spot in the batting order yesterday and is in there again today.  A media member asked if Moose has the potential to be an every day starter in that position or what the plan is.  Yost said they are just going day by day with it, but he believes Moose has the ability and talent to hit in any spot of the order.  The Royals think he is going to be a middle of the order hitter for them, but he said he feels Eric Hosmer would probably be a better fit in the third spot and then Moose in the fourth hole.  However, right now the way the order is now is what is best for the team.  Hosmer is hitting in the sixth spot in the order today and Yost said they are trying to get him going and the Royals are hopeful this spot in the lineup will help with that.  Yost said he has shown signs where he looks like he is getting hotter and then other times when he struggles a little, but he feels a lower spot in the lineup is what he needs to really get going and back to where he can be.

Ned Yost media session: June 24

Manager Ned Yost met with the media today before the final game of the St. Louis Cardinals series. The lineup had a few changes with Yuniesky Betancourt and Eric Hosmer resting today. “We are giving him (Hosmer) a break today. It’s hot out there, they have been going hard and Yuni has an off-day today, as well. We have three catchers, so we are going to take advantage of letting Pena DH,” said Yost. Betancourt has been one of the productive hitters on the team, which could be tough letting him have an off-day. Yost said, “It is tough sitting Yuni, but this is a tough right-hander. Falu came up and did a great job with us last time and it’s a chance to get another left-handed bat in there on a hot day.”

Catcher Salvador Perez has two mentors on the team, Humberto Quintero and Brayan Pena to help him. Yost said, “Quintero especially with nine years of Major League experience can help. The really cool thing about Perez is that he is always asking questions, he is always watching and always paying attention. You can turn around in a game and he will be talking to the coaches about situations. He is a kid that seeks knowledge and wants to get better.” Having Perez back on the field is exciting for the Royals and he has already made a great comeback with hitting a blast in his first game back.

 

 

Ned Yost media session: June 23

The first topic of discussion when Royals’ manager Ned Yost briefly met with the media this morning was catcher Sal Perez.  After making his first start in his first game back with the Royals after being on the disabled list since spring training following surgery to repair a torn meniscus, he has been given today off.  Yost said he expects to have Perez back behind the plate tomorrow afternoon, but they want to monitor his work load leading up to the All-Star break.  Their plan is to go easy with him today then have him start tomorrow and Monday then give him Tuesday off and play again Wednesday.  Yost said they will probably continue with a one or two days on followed by a day off system until after the All-Star break.  After the All-Star break the plan is to start extending his playing time and work him back into an everyday role.

The Royals move this morning that designated right handed pitcher Roman Colon for assignment and selected the contract of left hander Francisley Bueno from the Storm Chasers was the other topic of interest.  Yost said they needed another arm in the bullpen and even though they will be without a long man (Colon), they needed the protection.  He went on to say Colon did a good job of saving the bullpen with his outing last night and the Royals have a full pen today because of it.  He said three pitchers threw one inning each yesterday and three did not so they are in good shape thanks to Colon’s efforts.  Yost said Bueno has thrown the ball well for Triple-A Omaha this season against both right and left handed batters and the scouts who have seen him, like him.  Bueno posted a 1-3 record 2.85 ERA and five saves for the Storm Chasers thus far.  Bueno has not appeared in a Major League game since August 2008.  Yost said it is very big for Bueno as it has been four years since appearing in a big league game.  Yost said he was impressive down in spring training for the Royals and he has also done well at the Triple-A level thus far.  He went on to say he has earned this opportunity so they are going to give it to him and see how he does.

 

Ned Yost media session: June 22

Manager Ned Yost met with the media before tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The two topics of discussion were about catcher, Salvador Perez and pitcher, Felipe Paulino. Perez is back on the active roster after being on the 60-day disabled list due to surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Yost said, “He is a very intelligent young man. He plays with a lot of energy, a lot of life, really good behind the plate and can swing the bat. More than anything we like his energy. I’m glad he’s back and it’s time for him to play some up here again. He’s ready, he’s healthy and I’m glad to have him back.” Perez will not be able to catch every game, but he will be able to catch around three to four games a week. The Royals will be keeping both Humberto Quintero and Brayan Pena on the roster for now to have some depth in the catcher position. “Pena and Quintero both did a nice job in his absence, but it (three catchers) gives us a little extra depth behind the plate, right now,” said Yost.

Felipe Paulino has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and might be the fourth pitcher for the Royals to have Tommy John surgery this year.  “It has changed our plans for the rest of the year because we have counted real highly on getting him back after the rehab start. It is a big blow, but you have to move on,” said Yost. There are many pitchers going down with Tommy John surgeries this year. Yost said, “I don’t think I have ever been around a team where two guys have had to have Tommy John, let alone four.”

 

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