Royals FanFest shows to air on FOX Sports Kansas City

FOX Sports Kansas City, the television home of the Royals, will air two shows produced around the 2015 Royals FanFest. Last weekend’s event attracted record crowds as fans gathered for the first time since October to see and celebrate the 2014 American League champions and get ready for the 2015 season.

The first show includes Royals players’ reflections on the offseason, interviews with general manager Dayton Moore and first baseman Eric Hosmer, and an introduction to the newest Royals.

The second episode features interviews with manager Ned Yost and left fielder Alex Gordon, a look at pitcher Kris Medlen and the players’ thoughts on 2015.

The Royals FanFest shows will be available on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest in western and central Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. DirecTV subscribers will find them on channel 671 and Dish customers on channel 418 or 412-08.

2015 Royals FanFest shows on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest
(times Central)
Sunday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. (episode 1)
Monday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. (episode 1)
Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Friday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Friday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. (episode 2)
Sunday, Feb. 15 at 12 p.m. (episode 1)
Sunday, Feb. 15 at 12:30 p.m (episode 2)
Monday, Feb. 16 at 10 p.m. (episode 1)
Monday, Feb. 16 at 10:30 p.m. (episode 2)
Thursday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. (episode 1)
Thursday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 p.m. (episode 2)

Royals and Danny Duffy agree to terms for 2015 season

Duffy 4-19The Royals announced today that the club has come to terms with left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Duffy, 26, had an outstanding 2014 season, ranking fifth in the American League in ERA (2.53), fifth in opponents’ batting average (.209) and ninth in WHIP (1.11), to go with a 9-12 record in 31 appearances (25 starts). His .209 opponents’ average last season was the lowest by a Royals’ lefty and third-lowest in club history by a pitcher that threw more than 140.0 innings. The southpaw held opposing lefties to a .137 average (17-for-124), allowing just three extra-base hits (all doubles). Duffy made three postseason appearances out of the bullpen, earning the victory in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, pitching a scoreless 10th inning against the Angels in the 3-2 triumph. He’s 17-22 with a 3.67 ERA and a .241 opponents’ average, pitching in parts of four seasons with Kansas City.

The signing of Duffy leaves the Royals with three unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland and first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Royals come to terms with Lorenzo Cain

The Royals followed this morning’s announcement of a deal with Mike Moustakas by announcing a one-year contract with Lorenzo Cain, avoiding arbitration.

Cain, 28, had an outstanding 2014 campaign, being named the Most Valuable Player in the American League Championship Series as well as the Les Milgram Player of the Year by the Kansas City Chapter of the BBWAA.  During the regular season, he set career highs in batting average (.301), games played (133), runs (55), hits (142), doubles (29), triples (4), RBI (53) and stolen bases (28).

Cain8272The veteran outfielder performed even better in the postseason, batting .333 with five doubles, eight RBI and 13 runs scored, which included a four-hit game in Game 2 of the ALCS in Baltimore.  Defensively, Cain earned a second-straight Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award, collecting a career-high eight outfield assists, while he was third among American League outfielders with a .949 zone rating.

The signing leaves the Royals with four unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland and first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Royals, Mike Moustakas agree to terms for 2015

Moustakas1010.1The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with third baseman Mike Moustakas for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Moustakas, 26, hit 15 home runs last season, while batting .212 with 21 doubles and 54 RBI.  He enjoyed a tremendous postseason, blasting a team-record five homers, including the go-ahead roundtripper in Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Anaheim.  Moose hit safely in each of his first six playoff games and homered in the first two games of the ALCS at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.  He also made a memorable catch in Game 3 of the series, falling over the railing above the dugout suites at Kauffman Stadium to haul in a foul ball off the bat of Adam Jones.

The signing of Moustakas leaves the Royals with five unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland, first baseman Eric Hosmer and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

2015 Royals Caravan concludes with a visit to Fort Riley

The 2015 Royals Caravan made its final voyage today, stopping at Fort Riley before going on to Lawrence for tonight’s basketball game between KU and Iowa State.

Hall of Famer George Brett, Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard, pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, broadcaster Rex Hudler and Sluggerrr met with troops from the Big Red One at Fort Riley.  They also presented the USO with a Royals Charities check for $10,000!


Royals Awards Photos

2014 award winners Lorenzo Cain, Wade Davis and Yordano Ventura took home the hardware today during FanFest.  Let’s take a look:


FanFest photos

While the final numbers aren’t in, over 20,000 tickets were sold for the two-day Royals FanFest.  Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend!FanFest6


GBR! A surprise visit in Lincoln

Our Royals Caravan made an unplanned stop on Thursday afternoon in Lincoln.  We had extra time before our Omaha meet and greet, so we stopped to see the Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team.  The Huskers’ baseball practice facility is named after Royals outfielder and alum Alex Gordon.

FSKC’s Rex Hudler and Nebraska coach Darin Erstad were teammates with the Angels in 1996.  Hudler later returned to Anaheim as a broadcaster.  Erstad was a mainstay in the Angels outfield during most of that time.

We caught up with a former Royal as Ken Harvey is an assistant coach on Erstad’s staff!


Royals Caravan School Visit in Denison, Iowa

Our Royals Caravan rolled into Denison, Iowa, on Friday for a visit with fourth and fifth grade students.

We took part in an assembly, with players answering questions submitted by the kids.

Then it was on to the cafeteria, where our group made new friends!


Behind the Scenes on Caravan

Royals front office staffers Ben Aken, Bre Edgley and Keith Kowalski plan the hours of each Caravan day in a meticulous fashion.  Workouts for the players are arranged, as are time periods for some meals, though we usually eat on the bus in order to move on to our next destination.  Many miles are covered and the days can be quite long.  For example, ATH is on the Caravan to Nebraska and plans were made for Terrance Gore and Erik Kratz to work out at 6:45 on Friday morning.  We’ll arrive home in KC late on Friday evening!

Below, we see Lane Adams participating in a workout opportunity at Wichita State University.  And you never know who you might see in line at Hy-Vee!  Terrance and Erik picked up lunch for the road.

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