March 2013

Happy Pi Day! (3.14)

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The other ‘pie’ has long been a congratulatory message in baseball.  Royals pitcher Bruce Chen received a pie to the face after his first career shutout in 2010.  Bruce continued his interview with FSKC’s Joel Goldberg.

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Royals request unconditional release waivers on pitcher Guillermo Moscoso

The Royals today requested Unconditional Release Waivers on right-handed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso. Following the move, the Royals have 51 active players in Major League camp and 39 active players on the 40-man roster, not counting right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino who is currently on the 60-day Disabled List.

Moscoso, 29, was claimed by the Royals on Outright Waivers from the Colorado Rockies on November 2, 2012. He was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three appearances this spring, including one start.

Royals to host Grow with the Pros event on March 23 (postponed)

UPDATE – AS OF MARCH 18, THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF INCLEMENT WEATHER.

The Royals, together with Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, will host the Grow with the Pros Open House at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. During the event, which is free to the public, fans will have an opportunity to learn tips and techniques on grass and field maintenance from the Royals Grounds Crew and participating vendors.

In conjunction with Grow with the Pros, fans can also visit with Royals sales associates to learn more about a great variety of season ticket packages and select from the best available season ticket seat locations. Fans have the opportunity to choose a 21-game, half-season or full-season plan or 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! Plus, stock up on the latest merchandise at the Majestic Team Store, which will offer a 20 percent discount to fans during the event.

grow with pros_7460Beginning at 10 a.m., fans will have the chance to step onto the Kauffman Stadium field and visit with members of the Royals Grounds Crew – including Trevor Vance, Director-Groundskeeping and Landscaping – and local vendors set up along the warning track. Raffles and drawings with prizes from participating vendors will also be held throughout the event.

Local vendors scheduled to participate include:

Constant Care Irrigation

John Deere Landscape

John Deere Equipment

PBI Gordon

Turfs Up-Weedman

Diamond Pro

Pioneer Athletic

Hunter Industries

University of Missouri Extension

Grow with the Pros clinicFans may enter the Truman Sports Complex through Gate 1, located off Blue Ridge Cutoff on the east side of the complex; the Premium Entrance/Bus Exit, located off Stadium Drive on the west side; or the Gate 5 Truck Lane off Raytown Road. Fans should park in Lot M and enter through the Royals Majestic Team Store located next to Gate C. For additional information, please visit http://www.royals.com/openhouse or http://www.royals.com/grow.

Following the Grow with the Pros Open House, Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will host a private field maintenance clinic for previous grant recipients. In conjunction with the clinic, Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will present $10,000 grants 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. Since its formation by the MLBPA and MLB in 1999, BTF has awarded approximately 665 grants totaling more than $23 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. More than 325,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics. For more information, visit baseballtomorrowfund.com and follow BTF on Facebook, Twitter and MLBlogs.

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.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer added to Team USA roster for World Baseball Classic

USA Baseball announced today that Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been added to the U.S. roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Hosmer, 23, recorded 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 2012, his second season in the Major Leagues. He batted .389 for Team USA at the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico.

Hosmer joins Royals left-handed reliever Tim Collins on Team USA. The Royals now have a total of nine players on 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters: Hosmer, Collins, left-handed pitcher Atahualpa Severino (Dominican Republic), right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera (Dominican Republic) and Luis Mendoza (Mexico), catcher Salvador Perez (Venezuela), infielders Irving Falu (Puerto Rico) and Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic); and outfielder Paulo Orlando (Brazil).

ESPN Sport Science names Bo Jackson “Greatest Athlete of All Time”

JACKSON-BO_01Royals fans knew they were watching a once-in-a-generation athlete. Now, ESPN’s Sport Science has weighed in, naming former two-sport superstar and Royals outfielder Bo Jackson the “Greatest Athlete of All Time”.  The Sport Science study looked at many attributes, including speed, power and reaction time. Jackson earned the nod from the Sport Science panel, beating out the legendary Jim Brown.

ESPN will air a “Sport Science Greatest Athlete of All Time” special next Sunday, March 10, at 2:30 CT.

A poll is currently online at ESPN.com, with Jackson and Michael Jordan in a close race for the fan vote :

http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/feature/index?page=greatestofalltime

Royals agree to terms with five players on one-year contracts for 2013

The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2013 Major League contracts with right-handed pitchers Aaron Crow, Louis Coleman, Luis Mendoza and Guillermo Moscoso; and left-handed pitcher Francisley Bueno. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

The Royals now have all players on the 40-man roster signed for the 2013 season.

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