March 2013

Royals on FSKC Dish channel numbers: April 1 – 7, 2013

Here are the channel numbers for Dish Network subscribers.  Bookmark our blog as we’ll post these throughout the season, once they become available.

Monday, April 1: Dish 442 (3:10 game)

Wednesday, April 3: Dish 442 (1:10 game)

Thursday, April 4: Dish 441 (1:10 game)

Friday, April 5: Dish 440 (3:05 game)

Saturday, April 6: Dish 448 (6:05 game)

Sunday, April 7: Dish 443 (12:35 game)

Moves bring camp roster to 29

The Royals made a series of roster moves on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. The club now has 29 players in Major League camp.

  • On Wednesday, the Royals optioned lefty Francisley Bueno and infielder Irving Falu to Omaha.  Left-hander Atahualpa Severino was assigned to minor league camp.
  • On Thursday, KC optioned RHP Louis Coleman to Omaha.  The club also assigned righty Dan Wheeler and catcher Max Ramirez to minor league camp.

Royals support building of two adaptive baseball fields in Kansas City metro

Adaptive Fields 1The Kansas City Royals and Royals Charities have announced a partnership with Variety Kansas City and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to build two adaptive baseball fields in Olathe, Kan., and Independence, Mo. The projects are possible with proceeds from the 2012 Major League Baseball Gatorade All-Star Workout Day held at Kauffman Stadium in July 2012.

The two fields will be constructed at McCoy Park, located near Hwy 24 and Delaware in Independence, and at the Olathe Northwest High School Athletic Complex, 21300 College Blvd. in Olathe. Construction on both projects is scheduled to begin later this spring with the completion date tentatively set for this fall.

The Royals and Royals Charities hosted a press conference this morning at Kauffman Stadium announcing both projects. The press conference was preceded by a breakfast event featuring Jessica Long, a 12-time Paralympic Gold Medalist. Following the announcement, several Royals Alumni members toured Kauffman Stadium with youth from Variety Children’s Charity. Former Royals participating in today’s events included Jaime Bluma, Tom Burgmeier, Al Fitzmorris, Steve Jeltz, Dennis Leonard, Jeff Montgomery, Rod Myers, Joe Randa, Shawn Sedlacek and Jerry Terrell.

Below are highlights of both adaptive field projects.

The Independence Ability Field at McCoy Park

The City of Independence Parks and Recreation Department is transforming a section of McCoy Park into an accessible baseball field and play area for kids with and without disabilities. The park, which is located in the shadow of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum, will feature a play area designed by Unlimited Play, Inc., with specialized equipment ensuring all children can participate regardless of limitations created by disabilities. Jackson County (Mo.) has more than 3,800 children with disabilities, the largest number of any county in the Kansas City area.

Additional support for this field is provided by the City of Independence Parks and Recreation Department, State Farm and Unlimited Play.

Olathe Miracle League Field

Former Royals third baseman Joe Randa with Ricky Hernandez.

Former Royals third baseman Joe Randa with Ricky Hernandez.

The newest addition to the Olathe Northwest High School Athletic Complex will serve as the home field for the Miracle League of Olathe. Since 2004, the Olathe Miracle League has played its games in the backyard of Ricky Hernandez, a youngster bound to a wheelchair whose family has graciously hosted more than 25 disabled children on Saturdays in the spring and fall. The Dream Factory built the custom baseball field at Ricky’s home more than eight years ago after hearing of his dream to play baseball. The construction of this new adaptive field will help the Miracle League of Olathe reach more children in the district.

Additional support for this field is provided by City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department, Olathe Medical Center, the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, Mid-America Nazarene University and Strickland Construction.

After contributions to these two projects, remaining All-Star funds will support future field projects as part of Royalty Fields matching grant program. Created in 2006, the ongoing Royals Charities program strives to improve baseball and softball facilities across the Midwest. With these two adaptive baseball fields, nearly 70 fields have received financial support since its inception. Baseball and softball programs in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas or South Dakota may apply for a Royalty Fields matching grant for major renovations. For more information, visit

MLB and the Royals donated approximately $4 million from a portion of the proceeds from the MLB Gatorade All-Star Workout Day to benefit a variety of local community projects and national charitable organizations. Since 1997, more than $48 million has been donated to non-profit organizations from MLB Gatorade All-Star Workout Day proceeds. The 2012 All-Star Summer boasted the most extensive charity activity in All-Star history, as MLB and the Royals partnered on more than 26 initiatives during All-Star Week.

Recapping Wednesday’s roster moves

Today has been a busy day as we gear up for both 2013 Opening Day and the 2013 home opener.  Here’s a recap of roster moves that took place earlier today:

  • The Royals optioned pitcher left-handed pitcher Donnie Joseph to Omaha.
  • The club signed left-handed pitcher George Sherrill and outfielder Xavier Nady to minor league contracts.  Both players were released from their previous minor league deals on Monday.  They have rejoined Major League camp for the remainder of spring training.
  • Kansas City acquired minor league outfielder Desmond Henry from the Texas Rangers.  The move completes the November 8, 2012 trade that sent lefty Tommy Hottovy to Texas.

Royals Season Preview premieres Wednesday on FOX Sports Kansas City

FOX Sports Kansas City airs a 30-minute Royals Season Preview special tomorrow (Wednesday, March 27) at 7:30 p.m. CT. The show includes interviews with Ned Yost and Alex Gordon, a recap of spring training and a “mic’d up” segment with Willie Wilson and John Mayberry.

The Royals spring training contest against the Cubs follows at 8 p.m. CT on FSKC. Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler call the action with Joel Goldberg reporting from the field.

Wednesday, March 27 on FOX Sports Kansas City

7:30 p.m.: Royals Season Preview

8 p.m.: Spring Training – Cubs at Royals

Air dates for Royals Season Preview

Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 1 at 2 p.m.

Royals spring training games air Monday and Wednesday on FOX Sports Kansas City

Royals spring training action airs next week from Surprise, Arizona.

On Monday the Royals host the Dodgers in Cactus League play at 8 p.m. CT. Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler call the action on FOX Sports Kansas City, with Joel Goldberg reporting from the field.

On Wednesday coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. CT with a 30-minute Royals Season Preview on FOX Sports Kansas City. The Royals spring training game against the Cubs follows at 8 p.m., with Ryan Lefebvre handling play-by-play duties alongside Hudler and Goldberg.

Monday, March 25 on FOX Sports Kansas City

8 p.m.: Spring Training – Dodgers at Royals

Wednesday, March 27 on FOX Sports Kansas City

7:30 p.m.: Royals Season Preview

8 p.m.: Spring Training – Cubs at Royals

DISH Network subscribers:  on Monday, tune to channel 447; on Wednesday, tune to 440.

Kansas City to host special preview screening of “42”, Harrison Ford to attend VIP reception

Kansas City Mayor Sly James spoke at today's press conference about the "42" screening.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James spoke at today’s press conference announcement of the “42” screening.

If you’ve toured the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum or the Royals Hall of Fame, you’ve learned about the rich history of baseball in Kansas City. One of the great stories is the Monarchs baseball team, including Jackie Robinson, a member of the 1945 squad. Jackie went on to break the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. That story is being told in a new film, “42”, which opens nationwide this April.

“42” stars Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford as Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson, played by Chadwick Boseman.

Kansas City has been selected for an advance screening of “42” on Thursday, April 11 (a Royals off day). The screening will be held at BarryWoods 24, 8101 Roanridge Road in Kansas City, Mo.

There are three levels of ticketing: VIP, Legacy and Major Leaguer. The VIP ticket includes a reception with Harrison Ford, while the Legacy ticket includes an introduction of the movie by Ford. A trailer of the movie plus all of the ticketing details can be found at

Individual tickets are tax deductible, with proceeds going to the Negro Leagues Baseball Magazine and the Kansas City Sports Commission.  Tickets are available through April 9.

Cast your vote! Royals open 2013 Hall of Fame balloting

Jermaine Dye is one of four players on the Royals Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

Jermaine Dye is one of four players on the Royals Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

The Kansas City Royals have announced that 2013 Royals Hall of Fame voting begins today. The on-line portion of this year’s vote will remain open to fans through Friday, March 29 at noon at

The Royals Hall of Fame voting process was updated in 2011 into two phases. The Regular Phase takes place in odd-numbered years and focuses on former players. The Veterans Committee phase takes place in even-numbered and considers both non-field personnel and players who have previously received Royals Hall of Fame (Regular Phase) votes, but are no longer eligible for election in that manner. To be eligible for the first time, players must have been active with the Royals for at least three (3) seasons and accumulated a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances or 150 innings pitched. Candidates shall have ceased to be an active on-field member of the Royals (or for any other Major League organization) in the role for which they are being considered for at least three (3) calendar years preceding the election. The 2013 vote includes four first-time eligible players and six names that return after receiving at least 10 percent of the vote in 2011.

The eligible players on the 2013 Royals Hall of Fame ballot are (in alphabetical order): Emil Brown, OF (2005-2007); Al Cowens, OF (1974-1979); Jermaine Dye, OF (1997-2001); Al Fitzmorris, RHP (1969-1976); Jimmy Gobble, LHP (2003-2008); Runelvys Hernandez, RHP (2002-2006); Bo Jackson, OF (1986-1990); Darrell Porter, C (1977-1980); Kevin Seitzer, 3B (1986-1991); and John Wathan, C/OF/1B (1976-1985).

Fans will be joined by other voters, including all living members of the Royals Hall of Fame and select members of the Royals Board of Directors, Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Kansas City electronic media representatives and Royals front office staff, in selecting any Royals Hall of Fame inductees. The online fan ballot will account for three of forty overall votes with all three assigned to the highest vote getter, two votes for second highest vote getter, and one vote for the third highest vote getter. Any candidate receiving 75 percent of the vote will be elected and scheduled for induction during the 2013 season. Candidates must receive a minimum of ten percent of the ballots cast to remain eligible for inclusion on the ballot for the next Royals Hall of Fame (Regular Phase) voting cycle.

The Royals Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to celebrate the accomplishments of those players, coaches and other personnel who have made exceptional contributions to Kansas City Royals Baseball.

The first inductees were outfielder Amos Otis and pitcher Steve Busby. They have been joined by pitcher Paul Splittorff, second baseman Cookie Rojas, Manager Dick Howser, pitcher Dennis Leonard, designated hitter Hal McRae, shortstop Fred Patek, Club President Joe Burke, pitcher Larry Gura, Royals founders Ewing and Muriel Kauffman, third baseman George Brett, second baseman Frank White, first baseman John Mayberry, pitcher Dan Quisenberry, Manager Whitey Herzog, center fielder Willie Wilson, pitcher Jeff Montgomery, broadcaster Denny Matthews, pitcher Bret Saberhagen, pitcher Mark Gubicza, scout Art Stewart, pitcher Kevin Appier and Groundskeeper George Toma.

For more information and to vote for the Royals Hall of Fame, fans may visit

Royals honor 2012 minor league award winners

The Royals this morning at the club’s Spring Training complex in Surprise, Ariz., honored six individuals with minor league awards for the 2012 season.

Brett Eibner, recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top defensive player. Eibner, 24, was the Royals’ second round selection in the 2010 Draft. He played the entire 2012 season with High-A Wilmington, serving as the Blue Rocks’ primary centerfielder for the campaign, recording five outfield assists and leading the club’s regular outfielders with a .977 fielding percentage.

Alex McClure, recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award – recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field. The 23-year-old McClure split his 2012 season between Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The infielder was a regular at several community visits for both clubs and also was a large part of the Naturals’ Faith and Family Day celebration.

Terrance Gore, recipient of the Willie Wilson Award – recognizing the organization’s top baserunner. Gore, 21, stole an Appalachian League-leading 36 bases in 38 attempts while playing 2012 with Burlington. The Macon, Ga., resident was the Royals’ 20th round selection in the 2011 Draft.

Victor Baez, recipient of the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development. Baez, the Royals’ Dominican Academy Coordinator, is currently in his sixth season with the organization. Baez was instrumental last year in helping the Royals move into a brand-new complex in Mojarra, Guerra, 40 minutes east of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

Kevin Linton, Director of Community Affairs with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, is the recipient of the Matt Minker Award – recognizing an outstanding minor league affiliate employee. Linton is currently in his 12th season with Wilmington and is widely recognized for his community work in the Wilmington area.

Colin Gonzales, recipient of the Art Stewart Award – recognizing an outstanding scout. Gonzales is currently the Royals area scout in Southern California and was unable to attend this morning’s ceremony. He will be honored prior to a Royals game at Kauffman Stadium at a to-be-determined date.

Congrats to Brett, Alex, Terrance, Victor, Kevin and Colin!

Grow with the Pros Open House postponed

The Royals have announced the postponement of the Grow with the Pros Open House scheduled for Saturday, March 23 from 10 am.-2 p.m. due to a long-range forecast calling for cold temperatures and a chance of snow for the Kansas City area this weekend. The Royals have also postponed the opportunity for fans to come out to Kauffman Stadium to view season ticket seat locations and enjoy a 20 percent discount in the Majestic Team Store.

The Royals are looking to reschedule the event, and an announcement will be made at a later date.

Grow with the Pros, which debuted last year and is sponsored in conjunction with Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, was designed to give fans an opportunity to learn tips and techniques on grass and field maintenance from the Royals Grounds Crew and participating vendors.

“We had a beautiful spring day on our first Grow with the Pros a year ago,” said Trevor Vance, Royals Director-Groundskeeping and Landscaping. “Unfortunately, the forecast just didn’t work well this time around for a successful event. We’re looking forward to hosting our second Grow with the Pros in the future. In the meantime, we’re working to have the field at Kauffman Stadium perfect for Opening Day on April 8.”

Fans can still learn about a great variety of season ticket packages by visiting or by calling (816) 504-4040, option 2. Season ticket packages include 21-game, half-season or full-season plans. Fans can also select the games that work best with their individual schedules with the Royals 15 Pick’em Plan. Through the Pick’em Plan, which starts at just $150 for a minimum of 15 games, fans can choose from all 81 home games (including Opening Day) to build a perfect 15-game plan!

Despite the Grow with the Pros event postponement, Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will still donate $10,000 to both Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North High School and Grain Valley (Mo.) High School for baseball field upgrades. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches’ training materials and other selected program expenses. Royalty Fields, an ongoing Royals Charities matching grant program, provides financial support to improve baseball and/or softball facilities throughout the Midwest. Since its inception in 2006, Royalty Fields has awarded more than 60 matching grants.


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