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Royals sign Mike Sweeney to a one-day contract, Sweeney announces retirement

The Royals have announced today that the club has signed first baseman Mike Sweeney to a one-day minor league contract at which point Sweeney announced his retirement as a Kansas City Royal at a press conference in Surprise, Ariz., site of Royals spring training.

The 37-year-old Sweeney was a five-time American League All-Star with the Royals, whom he played with from 1995-2007 after being drafted in the 10th round in 1991 out of Ontario (Calif.) High School.  Sweeney was a .297 career hitter with 325 doubles, 215 home runs, 909 RBI and 759 runs scored.  He capped his playing career with the Oakland Athletics (2008), Seattle Mariners (2009-10) and Philadelphia Phillies (2010), singling in his only career postseason at bat last season for the Phillies. 

The club record holder for RBI in a season with 144 in 2000, Sweeney ranks in the top six all-time in Royals history in 17 offensive categories, including second in average (.299) and home runs (197).  He narrowly missed winning the 2002 A.L. batting crown, hitting .340 in 2002, the second-highest single-season average in club history to George Brett’s .390 mark in 1980.  Sweeney represented the Royals as an American League All-Star for four straight seasons from 2000-2003 and again in 2005.  He joins George Brett (13), Amos Otis (5) and Frank White (5) as the only players in club history to make five or more All-Star appearances.
The Royals honored Sweeney in 2008 by creating the Mike Sweeney Award, given to a minor league player who best represents the organization both on and off the field.  Sweeney was a three-time Les Milgram Royals Player of the Year (2000, 2002 and 2005) and 1999 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.  In addition, he was honored with the 2007 Fred Hutchinson Award, presented annually since 1965 to one Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies former pitcher and manager Fred Hutchinson’s honor, courage and dedication on and off the field.

Sweeney and his wife, Shara, have three children: sons Michael and Donovan, and a daughter, McKara.

Royals sign Mike Sweeney to a one-day contract, Sweeney announces retirement

The Royals have announced today that the club has signed first baseman Mike Sweeney to a one-day minor league contract at which point Sweeney announced his retirement as a Kansas City Royal at a press conference in Surprise, Ariz., site of Royals spring training.

The 37-year-old Sweeney was a five-time American League All-Star with the Royals, whom he played with from 1995-2007 after being drafted in the 10th round in 1991 out of Ontario (Calif.) High School.  Sweeney was a .297 career hitter with 325 doubles, 215 home runs, 909 RBI and 759 runs scored.  He capped his playing career with the Oakland Athletics (2008), Seattle Mariners (2009-10) and Philadelphia Phillies (2010), singling in his only career postseason at bat last season for the Phillies. 

The club record holder for RBI in a season with 144 in 2000, Sweeney ranks in the top six all-time in Royals history in 17 offensive categories, including second in average (.299) and home runs (197).  He narrowly missed winning the 2002 A.L. batting crown, hitting .340 in 2002, the second-highest single-season average in club history to George Brett’s .390 mark in 1980.  Sweeney represented the Royals as an American League All-Star for four straight seasons from 2000-2003 and again in 2005.  He joins George Brett (13), Amos Otis (5) and Frank White (5) as the only players in club history to make five or more All-Star appearances.

The Royals honored Sweeney in 2008 by creating the Mike Sweeney Award, given to a minor league player who best represents the organization both on and off the field.  Sweeney was a three-time Les Milgram Royals Player of the Year (2000, 2002 and 2005) and 1999 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.  In addition, he was honored with the 2007 Fred Hutchinson Award, presented annually since 1965 to one Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies former pitcher and manager Fred Hutchinson’s honor, courage and dedication on and off the field.

Sweeney and his wife, Shara, have three children: sons Michael and Donovan, and a daughter, McKara.

Special traffic instructions for fans attending Opening Day

If you’ve driven past Kauffman Stadium on I-70 recently, you may have noticed road work and construction on a new George Brett Bridge. 

While the new bridge is scheduled to be open on March 31, other construction will still be taking place at the start of the baseball season.  For Opening Day, we encourage you to ARRIVE EARLY (the first pitch is scheduled for 3:10).  Here are special directions to Kauffman Stadium, based on possible construction delays.

COMING FROM THE EAST

1.       Head into Kansas City on Interstate 70

2.       Take Exit #9 – Blue Ridge Cutoff/Sports Complex

COMING FROM THE WEST

1.       Head into Kansas City on Interstate 70

2.       Take Exit #7B – Manchester Trafficway, turn left and proceed to Gate 5 (suggested route during Blue Ridge Cutoff construction)

3.       OR Take Exit #9 – Blue Ridge Cutoff/Sports Complex (possible delays due to construction)

COMING FROM THE SOUTH

1.       Head into Kansas City on Interstate 435

2.       Take Exit #63 C – Raytown Road/Stadium Drive, Sports Complex exit

COMING FROM THE NORTH

1.       Head into Kansas City on Interstate 435

2.       Take Exit #63 B (left exit) – I 70 East/Sports Complex exit

3.       OR Take Exit# 63 A – I 70 West, then take Exit #7B – Manchester Trafficway, turn left and proceed to Gate 5

For more information on directions and parking, please visit royals.com: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/ballpark/information/index.jsp?content=directions_parking

To download a 2011 parking map, please visit:

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/download/y2011/parking_map_2011.pdf

Enter for your chance to win a Pepsi Max Pick 15 Plan with a seat to Opening Day!

The Royals have announced a social media campaign that invites fans to submit their most innovative “excuses” to ensure their attendance at Kauffman Stadium for Opening Day on Thursday, March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels.  One lucky winner will receive a Pepsi Max Pick 15 Plan, which includes a seat to Opening Day.

Fans are encouraged to submit their most creative excuse by visiting the club’s Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/Royals), Twitter account (www.twitter.com/Royals) or by visiting royals.com/excuses.  Once submitted, fans may share their excuse via Facebook, Twitter or email and invite friends and family members to support their excuse.   Fans will receive one additional sweepstakes entry (up to the maximum of 50) for each “Like” or “Tweet” their excuse receives.  Registration for the Opening Day Excuse Yourself Sweepstakes closes at 4:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 24.

Fans can guarantee their seat to Opening Day by purchasing a Pepsi Max Pick 15 Plan.  Pick 15 Plans with an Opening Day seat will be available until Thursday, March 24 and can be purchased online at royals.com/15, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS and at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.

 

Ballpark Blueprint: Food at the K

KC_Ribeye.jpgEveryone loves ballpark food and from burnt ends to burritos, the K has it all! Here are a few of the hot items for the 2011 season:

Rivals Sports Bar is located in the Outfield Experience with a sports bar menu and a great view of the game. Come early to watch the FOX Sports Kansas City pregame show!

Just beyond Rivals in the Outfield Experience is the All-Star Barbeque.  Stop by and enjoy Kansas City barbeque with menu items such as burnt ends, barbeque
sandwiches, ribs, turkey legs, catfish sandwiches and much more.

Sheridan ‘s Frozen Custard is a local favorite in the stadium featuring concretes, sundaes, fresh-baked cookies, espresso and coffee bar.  Check out their signature store in the Outfield Experience or look for their carts on the concourse.

Sluggerrr’s Training Table is a menu just for kids! This stand, also in the Outfield Experience, features favorites such as burgers, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, pizza and more!

At Topsy’s Popcorn you can find limeades and your favorite flavored popcorn.

Wheelhouse Pizza concession stands features pizza and meatball subs.

Crown Classics concession stands feature all the ballpark favorites including candy, coffee,
footlong hot dogs, frozen lemonade, frosty malts, hot chocolate, hot dogs, nachos, and
pretzels.

Dugout Doghouse is a fan favorite! These kiosks include eight handcrafted hot dogs: the Chicago Dog, New York Dog, Royal Blue Dog, Island Dog, KC Dog, El Diablo Dog, Texas Dog, and the All-Star BBQ Dog.

Fry Works is the place for delicious chicken tenders, chili cheese fries,cotton candy, funnel cakes, helmet sundaes, nachos, onion rings, sweet potato fries, and waffle fries.

Once you get to Kauffman Stadium, check out the food guide in Royals Baseball Insider, our new publication.  It lists the locations for the above items and much more!

Around the World with ATH: Following the Royals from South Africa

PICT0140a.JPGHappy Monday!  Opening Day is just 10 days away!  We’ve had great response to our “Around the World” feature, and today, we have our first post from Africa.

Royals fan Tim and his wife BJ currently live in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Tim is on a job assignment with Black & Veatch of Overland Park.  The picture at left shows the couple at Pilanesberg National Park, in Northwest Province, South Africa.

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Tim has been a Royals fan since graduating from college and moving to the KC metro area in 1983.  Tim and BJ will be living in South Africa for the next two to three years.  They missed the end of the baseball 2010 season and will likely miss all of the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Tim likes the fact that he can get the radio broadcasts over the internet.  The only downside is that they are seven hours ahead of Kansas City, so most games start at 2:00 AM!  He is a big fan of day games! 

Tim has been following Spring Training through Facebook and is looking forward to the 2011 season. 

Thank you for sending in the photos and sharing your story!

 
At right, BJ and Tim are up close with lion cubs at the Lion Park Game Reserve, near Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa.

ChristmasEve_at_Cape_Point.JPGAt left, Tim and BJ with daughter Tasia (who was visiting for Christmas) spending Christmas Eve at Cape Point, on the southwest tip of the African continent, south of Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa.

 

ATH can be reached at blog@royals.com

Royals Hot Stove to feature Ned Yost, George Brett and Tim Collins

The Royals Hot Stove show returns at 7:00 Central time tonight on 610 Sports and royals.com (link – http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/hotstove.jsp).  Hosts Ryan Lefebvre, Denny Matthews and Steve Stewart welcome Manager Ned Yost, Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett and left-handed reliever Tim Collins.  Kansas City’s game against Seattle follows at 8:05 Central.  The Royals are scheduled to face 2010 A.L. Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez.

Tonight’s game was added to the radio schedule for 610 Sports.  Additional new broadcasts include this Saturday (3:05) and Saturday, March 26 (3:05).  We will update you on further additions once KU’s basketball schedule finalizes.

KC Close Up: Jeremy Jeffress

jeffress_2266.jpgToday we continue our “KC Close Up” series with right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress.  The hard-throwing 23-year old is looking to make his first Opening Day roster in 2011.

Jeremy is from South Boston, Va., which has a population of about 8,500 and is north of Durham, N.C. on U.S. 501.  Jeffress is not the first KC player to be born in the small Virginia town – former Royal Michael Tucker was also born in South Boston.

Jeremy was acquired in the December trade that sent Zack Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt to Milwaukee.  Jeffress has an “exploding” fastball that has been clocked above 100 MPH!  Watch Jeremy pitch on this Twitter video (and turn up the sound!): http://twitvid.com/VHS5M 

Jeffress made his Major League debut on September 1, 2010, pitching a scoreless inning against the Reds.  Jeffress compiled a 2.70 ERA in 10 appearances for the Brewers.  After the season, he pitched for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, where he was a teammate of several Kansas City’s top prospects.  Jeffress struck out 14 batters in 11.2 innings for Surprise and pitched in the AFL’s Rising Stars Game.

Let’s learn a little more from Jeremy, who is already considered a clubhouse favorite.

ATH:  Besides baseball, what is your favorite sport? 

Jeffress:  Basketball

ATH:  If you weren’t playing baseball, what occupation would you have? 

Jeffress:  SWAT team leader

ATH:  Who was your favorite player while growing up?


Beckett.JPGJeffress:
 Josh Beckett

ATH:  What’s your favorite food? 

Jeffress:  Chicken

ATH:  What’s your favorite TV show?

Jeffress:  The Jamie Foxx Show

ATH:  Besides family members, name one person who has influenced your career:

Jeffress:  Too many to name and I’d worry about leaving someone out.
 

Thanks to Jeremy for participating in our “KC Close Up”!  Check back on Friday for our next player profile!

Photo credit – Chris Carlson – AP

Previous KC Close Ups:  Lucas May – http://mlblogsroyals.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/beckett-thumb-300×297-27418011.jpgarchives/2011/03/kc_close_up_lucas_may_talks_ab.html

Kila Ka’aihue – http://mlblogsroyals.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/beckett-thumb-300×297-27418011.jpgarchives/2011/03/kc_close_up_-_kila_kaaihue.html

Photos: Naturals receive 2010 Texas League championship rings




Dayton_ring_ceremony.jpgAll uniformed personnel, staff members and guests at spring training were in attendance this morning as members of the 2010 Northwest Arkansas Naturals received their rings for winning the 2010 Texas League championship.  Let’s take a look:

At left, General Manager Dayton Moore addressed the group. 

 

 

 

Below: Director – Minor League Opertions Scott Sharp (left) and Royals’ Assistant GM J.J. Picollo (right) spoke at the ring ceremony.

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And here we see left-handed pitchers Mike Montgomery (l) and Will Smith (r) receive their rings from Naturals GM Eric Edelstein as Manager Brian Poldberg looks on.

Congrats to all of the 2010 Naturals!

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Ballpark Blueprint: Local bands amp up INK Student Nights

StudentNight.JPGOur second “Ballpark Blueprint” is geared toward all high school and college students…INK Student Nights are back for every Wednesday home game and they are better than ever!

This year, you’ll get the same great ticket and happy hour specials…plus pregame concerts featuring live local bands each week!   INK Student Night tickets are just $7 for Rivals Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield sections.  Just bring your high school or college ID to the Kauffman Stadium Box Office!

Gate E in the Outfield Experience will open 1.5 hours prior to game time for INK Student Nights. All other gates will open 1 hour prior to game time on Wednesdays.

Once you enter The K, stop by the Crown Classic concession area in the Outfield Experience for the Happy Hour special – which features a hot dog and a 12 ounce beer or 24 ounce soft drink for $7.

The Outfield Experience stage is a short walk from the concessions – and this year, some great local bands will be on hand!  First on the list is Sons of Great Dane – the group was selected to perform this week at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas!  Here is the full list of bands scheduled to perform during the 2011 season!

StudentNight_lineup.JPG INK Student Night page:  http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/ticketing/student_night.jsp

Check out more great deals on the Fan Value Corner at royals.com! 

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/schedule/season_promotions.jsp

 

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