The Royals held an awards ceremony this morning at Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz. Two minor league clubs – the Omaha Storm Chasers and Idaho Fall Chukars – won league titles in 2013. The Storm Chasers also won the Triple-A National Championship. Members of the 2013 Storm Chasers and Chukars were presented with championship rings. Individual awards were also presented, including the George Brett Hitter of the Year (Lane Adams) and the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year (Yordano Ventura).
The Royals announced today that 14 players have been reassigned at Spring Training. Following the transactions, the Royals have 44 players in Major League camp.
Left-handed pitcher Chris Dwyer has been optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while left-handed pitcher John Lamb, infielder Cheslor Cuthbert and outfielder Lane Adams were optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
In addition, the following players have been assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitchers Jason Adam, Aaron Brooks, Sugar Ray Marimon and Kyle Zimmer; catcher Juan Graterol; infielder Brandon Laird and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio, Gorkys Hernandez, Melky Mesa and Paulo Orlando.
The Royals are pleased to announce a new, multi-year partnership with Belfonte Ice Cream & Dairy Foods, a Kansas City-based company specializing in premium ice cream and dairy products. As part of the partnership, Belfonte will open an ice cream shop located in center field in the Outfield Experience at Kauffman Stadium for the 2014 season. In addition, fans will be able to enjoy Belfonte’s delicious ice cream by visiting one of multiple cart locations and concessions planned around the ballpark.
“Belfonte Ice Cream is proud to be a part of such a strong Kansas City tradition,” said David Belfonte. “The Royals and Belfonte Ice Cream & Dairy Foods share in calling Kansas City our home.”
The Belfonte Ice Cream Shop at Kauffman Stadium will operate on the same hours as the Outfield Experience.
In addition, Belfonte is also introducing a Royals-branded Triple Play Sundae premium ice cream that will soon be available at local retailers.
“We are excited to have Belfonte join the Royals team,” said Wes Engram, Sr. Director-Corporate Partnerships. “Belfonte and the Royals are both Kansas City traditions, and now fans visiting Kauffman Stadium will have the opportunity to enjoy the best hometown ice cream.”
After starting in 1969, the Belfonte name is now found on more than 190 products in more than 550 supermarkets and convenience stores, and in more than 600 restaurants, country clubs, hospitals, schools and food service facilities. Belfonte Ice Cream is distributed from Kansas City to Wichita, Kan., to Tulsa, Okla.
Wednesday’s Royals game will appear on MLB Network, with the tape delayed telecast beginning at 4:00 p.m. Central. You can catch the game live through an audio webcast on royals.com, beginning at 2:05 Central.
The following Royals spring games will air on MLB Network:
Saturday, March 8, at Milwaukee, 3:00 p.m. Central (tape delayed)
Wednesday, March 12, vs. Dodgers, Midnight Central (tape delay of Tuesday game)
Friday, March 14, at Cleveland, 9:00 a.m. Central (tape delay of Thursday game)
Thursday, March 20, vs. Angels, 3:00 p.m. Central (live)
Saturday, March 22, vs. Texas, 3:00 p.m. Central (live)
Tuesday, March 25, vs. Seattle, 10 p.m. Central (tape delay; this game will air live in Kansas City on FOX Sports Kansas City at 6:05 Central. The MLB Network telecast is subject to blackout in the FSKC market.)
Royals’ right-handed pitcher Guillermo Mota has announced his retirement from professional baseball after a 14-year career in the Major Leagues. He signed a minor league contract with the Royals on January 16.
“I’ve always admired Guillermo as a person and a player. I’d like to thank him,” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said. “However, in talking with him, he indicated that he wanted to spend more time with his family.”
Mota, 40, hadn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2012 with the San Francisco Giants. He made 26 relief appearances for San Francisco that season, going 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA, recording 24 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. The right-handed reliever began his career in 1999 with the Montreal Expos and pitched for six other organizations: Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-04, 2009), Florida (2004-05), Cleveland (2006) New York Mets (2006-07), Milwaukee (2008) and San Francisco (2010-12). He was 39-45 in 743 appearances (all in relief) with a 3.94 ERA. Between 1999 and 2012, only five pitchers made more relief appearances than Mota.
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2014 Major League contracts with left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy, infielder Johnny Giavotella and outfielder Carlos Peguero. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. After today’s signings, the Royals’ entire 40-man roster is under contract for the 2014 season.
Duffy, 25, returned from Tommy John surgery last season, posting a 2-0 record and a 1.85 ERA in five starts with Kansas City. Giavotella, 26, spent a majority of the 2013 season with Triple-A Omaha, batting .286 with 24 doubles, 7 homers and 46 RBI in 100 games for the Storm Chasers. Peguero, was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on January 29; he ranked seventh in the Pacific Coast League with 19 homers and was selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game in 2013.
The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City today announced that 156 regular season Royals games are scheduled to be televised in 2014, the most in Royals history. FOX Sports Kansas City will televise an all-time high 150 regular season games and two Spring Training contests, while six regular season games are scheduled to air on FOX and FOX Sports 1 as part of Major League Baseball’s national television packages.
The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City are entering the seventh season of a long-term agreement in which FOX Sports Kansas City is the exclusive television home of Royals baseball. The 150-game regular season television schedule adds 10 more broadcasts than in previous years, with 76 road games and 74 from Kauffman Stadium. Every game on FOX Sports Kansas City will be preceded by a 30-minute pre-game show, “Hy-Vee Royals Live,” and followed by the “Boulevard Royals Live” post-game show.
FOX Sports Kansas City’s coverage of Royals baseball kicks off with a Spring Training telecast from Surprise, Ariz., on Monday, March 17, when the Royals host the Texas Rangers at 8:05 p.m. (CDT). A second exhibition game will be broadcast on Tuesday, March 25, when Kansas City hosts the Seattle Mariners, also at 8:05 p.m. (CDT). Additionally, MLB Network will air live Royals Spring Training games on Thursday, March 20 vs. the Los Angeles Angels and Saturday, March 22 vs. Texas. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 3:05 p.m. (CDT).
FSKC will air Kansas City’s Opening Day contest on March 31 at Detroit and the April 4 home opener vs. the Chicago White Sox.
Ryan Lefebvre will call 95 regular season games and one exhibition for FOX Sports Kansas City and Steve Physioc will provide the play-by-play on 55 games during the season and one exhibition. Rex Hudler will return for his third season as the analyst and Royals’ Hall of Famer, Jeff Montgomery, will provide analysis throughout the season on Royals Live with host Joel Goldberg.
FOX (WDAF locally) will air two Saturday games: May 24 at the Los Angeles Angels and June 7 vs. the New York Yankees. FOX Sports 1, America’s new national sports network, is scheduled to televise four Royals games: May 3 vs. Detroit, July 26 vs. Cleveland, August 26 vs. Minnesota and September 6 at New York.
Viewership for Royals telecasts on FOX Sports Kansas City reached an all-time high in 2013, increasing an MLB-best 70 percent over 2012.
The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2014 Major League contracts with left-handed pitchers Francisley Bueno, Chris Dwyer, Donnie Joseph and John Lamb, right-handed pitchers Michael Mariot and Yordano Ventura, infielders Pedro Ciriaco and Christian Colon, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Bueno, 32, did not allow a run in seven relief appearances for the Royals last season, earning a win over Boston on August 9. Dwyer, 25, made his Major League debut for KC last season and went 10-11 with a 3.55 ERA at Triple-A Omaha. Joseph, 26, also made his MLB debut in 2013, pitching at Yankee Stadium on July 11. Lamb, 23, made 22 minor league starts between Class A Wilmington and Omaha. Mariot, 25, served as Omaha’s closer last season, going 4-5 with 11 saves and a 3.56 ERA in 47 appearances. Ventura, 22, made his first three Major League starts for Kansas City at the end of last season, going 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA.
Ciriaco, 28, was claimed off waivers by the Royals from San Diego on July 16, and hit .281 with eight doubles and 19 runs scored in 43 games at Triple-A Omaha. Colon, 24, ranked eighth in the Pacific Coast League in hits (140), batting .273 with 12 homers and 58 RBI for the Storm Chasers. Cain, 27, played in a career-high 115 games for the Royals last year, hitting .251 with 21 doubles, three triples, four homers, 14 stolen bases and 46 RBI. Dyson, 29, ranked seventh in the A.L. with 34 steals last year and became the first Royals player with consecutive 30-plus steal seasons since Carlos Beltran did it three-straight years (2001-03).
The early days of Spring Training feature regular drills, including fielding practice for the pitchers (PFPs). Let’s take a look:
Intrasquad games bring out a little friendly competition in Spring Training. Let’s take a look: