Royals fans – here’s your chance to showcase your musical talent:
The Royals will hold the fifth annual “Royals Fans Got Talent” auditions on Saturday, March 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. Bands, choirs, groups, musicians and individual singers are invited to audition for National Anthem, “God Bless America” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” opportunities during the 2014 season.
Auditions will be conducted on a first-come, first-served format. Fans are encouraged to complete paperwork prior to the audition by visiting royals.com/perform. All National Anthem, “God Bless America” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” performances must be 90 seconds or less and in the traditional version of the song. Performers are responsible for all set-up and break-down of materials needed to audition and both must be completed during the allotted 90 seconds. All performances must be done a cappella. Pyrotechnics or harmful materials are prohibited. All participants will audition on a volunteer basis with the understanding that no compensation will occur for their participation. All talent is subject to approval by the Royals.
For more information on the 2014 “Royals Fans Got Talent” auditions, please call (816) 504-4436 or email email@example.com.
Many young baseball players dream of suiting up for the hometown team. Today we highlight a pitcher who is on his way to realizing that dream – Jason Adam of Overland Park, Kansas. The Royals selected Jason in the fifth round of the 2010 June Draft out of Blue Valley Northwest High School. Baseball America has ranked the righty among KC’s top 10 prospects in each of the last three seasons. Adam has worked his way through the system, pitching at Kane County (A) in 2011, Wilmington (High-A) in 2012 and Northwest Arkansas (AA) in 2013. 2014 marks his first invitation to Major League Spring Training.
Single-game tickets for the Royals 2014 season, including a limited number of Opening Day tickets, will go on sale Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m.
Single-game tickets will also be available by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS, online at http://www.royals.com or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office. The 26 metro-area Hy-Vee stores, including Lawrence, Manhattan and Topeka, Kan., and St. Joseph, Mo., will also continue to offer a limited number of Opening Day tickets, as well as selling tickets for the remaining 80 home games.
Fans who choose not to use the club’s convenient online, phone or Hy-Vee outlet options, and plan instead to purchase tickets at Kauffman Stadium on March 1, may begin arriving at Kauffman Stadium that morning no earlier than 8:30 a.m. and park in Lot M. Please note that overnight camping at the Truman Sports Complex will not be permitted.
The Royals will implement a random drawing procedure for purchasing tickets at Kauffman Stadium on March 1. Fans wishing to take part in the random drawing must obtain a wristband at the Gate C lobby on Thursday, February 27 (noon to 5 p.m.), Friday, February 28 (noon to 5 p.m.) or Saturday, March 1 (8:30 to 9:15 a.m.). There is no advantage to collecting a wristband early within this time frame. On March 1, any fan that does not have a wristband will be in a second line behind the fans with wristbands. The drawing to determine line order will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Fans taking part in the random drawing will be able to purchase up to four Opening Day seats, while supplies last. Please note that a wristband does not guarantee the opportunity to purchase Opening Day tickets.
On Saturday, March 1, the Kauffman Stadium Box Office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or fans may place their orders by phone from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Beginning Sunday, March 2, phone operators will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
The Royals will continue its variable pricing structure for all single-game sales in 2014, as games will be categorized as value, regular, marquee or premier games. In addition, the club will employ its dynamic pricing structure for all 81 home games. Please note that the dynamic pricing structure affects the sale of individual game tickets only and does not affect the sale of season tickets. Season Ticket Holders will continue to receive substantial savings over individual game ticket prices.
In addition to single-game tickets, season ticket packages are currently available at http://www.royals.com and by calling (816) 504-4040, option 2. Fans can guarantee Opening Day tickets with the purchase of a Full Season, Half Season or 21-game plan.
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2014 Major League contracts with left-handed pitcher Justin Marks, right-handed pitchers Louis Coleman and Kelvin Herrera, infielders Cheslor Cuthbert, Mike Moustakas and Danny Valencia, and outfielder Lane Adams. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Cuthbert, 21, split the 2013 season between Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas (AA), batting .247 with 37 doubles and eight homers in 124 games combined between the two stops. Moustakas, 25, batted .233 in 136 games for the Royals, collecting 26 doubles, 12 homers and 42 RBI. Valencia, 29, hit .304 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 52 games for the Baltimore Orioles last season.
Adams, 24, was named the George Brett Hitter of the Year as well as the Wilmington (A-Advanced) Blue Rocks Player of the Year in 2013.
Coleman, 27, posted a 3-0 record and an 0.61 ERA (2 ER in 29.2 IP) in 29 appearances for the Royals last season. He had a stretch of 21.0 consecutive scoreless innings at the Major League level. Herrera, 24, earned five victories out of the bullpen last season for Kansas City, posting a 3.86 ERA (25 ER in 58.1 IP) and 11.4 strikeouts per 9.0 IP. Marks, 26, made 22 starts combined between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha (AAA) last season, going 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 141.0 minor league innings.
The Royals have 13players who remain unsigned for the 2014 season: right-handed pitchers Michael Mariot and Yordano Ventura, left-handed pitchers Francisley Bueno, Danny Duffy, Chris Dwyer, Donnie Joseph and John Lamb, infielders Pedro Ciriaco, Christian Colon and Johnny Giavotella, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson and Carlos Peguero.
The Royals announced today that they have claimed outfielder Jimmy Paredes (pronounced: pah-RAY-dis) off Waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. Paredes will be placed on the Royals’ 40-man roster. In a corresponding roster move, the club has designated right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto for assignment.
Paredes, 25, has spent the last three seasons in the Houston Astros’ organization, playing 118 games at the Major League level since 2011. He hit .192 (24-for-125) with four doubles, a homer and 10 RBI last season for the Astros. The switch-hitting outfielder was originally signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2007. The Royals will be Paredes’ third team this offseason, having been claimed by the Miami Marlins on November 4, 2013, and then by the Orioles Saturday (February 15).
Cleto, 24, went 1-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 19 appearances for Triple-A Omaha last season.
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-handed pitcher Greg Holland for the 2014 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Holland, 28, enjoyed one of the best seasons ever by a Royals relief pitcher, going 2-1 with a club record 47 saves in 2013, while recording a 1.21 ERA. The right-handed hurler was selected to the American League All-Star team and was also named the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year by the Kansas City Chapter of the BBWAA. He also struck out 103 batters, tying a Royals relief record.
The Royals have now signed all arbitration-eligible players for 2014.