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Kicking and screaming
Yost expects tonight’s matchup between premier pitchers Jake Peavy and Zack Greinke to be interesting for everyone. Yost described Peavy as a fearless competitor and admitted he loves watching Peavy on the mound, especially when the pitcher screams and yells at himself.
Give ’em a break
The Royals will again have a different starting lineup in tonight’s game. Yost said the changes were not made because of injuries, but rather were meant to give players rest from the summer heat. He added that tonight will be the first day of rest for outfielder David DeJesus since his son was born on May 25.
Things are looking up
Yost also discussed the play of the infield, saying that it has been good and is only getting better. He credits Eddie Rodriguez with helping develop Mike Aviles’ skills at second base. Additionally, Yost has been impressed with the corners, stating that Billy Butler has done great at first and Alberto Callaspo has been fantastic at third.
Royals Manager Ned Yost had his first press conference today in front of a standing room only contingent of media in the Kauffman Stadium interview room.
Yost has been following Kansas City’s Double-A affiliate, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, for the last week General Manager Dayton Moore contacted Yost about the managing job on Thursday morning. After accepting the job, he sifted through possible lineups at his Springfield, Mo., hotel room. Yost was awake until 3:30 this morning. He took a two-hour nap and was up at 5:30 for the drive to Kansas City! He doesn’t anticipate major radical changes in the lineup at this time.
Yost described himself as a person who has a knack for motivating players. He wants to work heavily with individual players at first. While Trey Hillman was a hands on manager, Yost is not. He said that Trey Hillman did a great job of getting players prepared every day and that the players have been a class act. The club is a little shell-shocked at the moment. Yost’s main job at the moment is to get the players to leave everything they have on the field every day. He believes that this club is more advanced than the club that he inherited in Milwaukee and that they are not that far away from turning things around.
Yost stated that 85 percent of his managing philosophy comes from Bobby Cox, who he worked for in Atlanta. The other 15 percent comes from what Yost learned as Milwaukee’s manager.
He knows that the Royals have ingredients for success in their minor league system. Yost believes that Mike Moustakas will be a “big-time Major League player”. He also mentioned that Milwaukee (where he managed previously) stockpiled young power hitters like Prince Fielder, while the Royals are stockpiling young power pitchers including Aaron Crow and Mike Montgomery.
Yost’s philosophy on coaching is to have one coach totally in charge of the infield and one totally in charge of the outfield. Rusty Kuntz is back as the first base coach and will coach the outfielders, a position he held in 2008 and 2009. Yost emphasized the importance of bringing Kuntz back. Eddie Rodriguez will shift to the third base coaching box. He will also be the infield coach. Rodriguez speaks fluent Spanish and Yost believes that will factor into Rodriguez’ work with infielders Alberto Callaspo and Yuniesky Betancourt.
Yost believes that this is an attractive job. He is up for the challenge and understands the frustration of the fan base. He has full confidence that he can do the job. He added that George Brett (who celebrates a birthday on Saturday) called him from Italy and wished him well.
When Royals Manager Trey Hillman met with the media today, the focus was on next week and how the lineup would shake out with the return of second baseman Chris Getz.
Hillman is excited to see Getz back in a Royals uniform, saying that he was impressed by what Getz has shown defensively this year.
Hillman was also asked how he sees playing time for infielders Alberto Callaspo, Alex Gordon, and Getz working out. Hillman responded that the second and third base spots will be decided by player performance. Hillman believes that Callaspo has yet to hit his stride offensively and is expecting the switch hitter to break out soon. Gordon’s defense has also left an impression on Hillman. However the Royals manager would like to see better contact in Gordon’s at bats; stating that Gordon shouldn’t press and simply let his natural athleticism take over.
Finally Hillman spoke briefly on today’s starting pitcher Luke Hochevar. Hillman has been impressed by Hochevar’s starts this year but still sees room for improvement. Hillman would like to see Hochevar limit his walks this outing and do a better job attacking the strike zone.
The Royals stormed back for a 4-3 win over Boston tonight. Let’s look at the photos!
Scott Podsednik is a gamer…he put down a great sac bunt to move DeJesus to third.
After a walk to Alberto Callaspo, Willie Bloomquist came in as a pinch runner for “Bert”. Bloomquist stole second base during Billy Butler’s at-bat. That set the table for Rick Ankiel, who was 3-for-3 at the time and a triple shy of the cycle. There’s no need for a cycle when you drive in a pair with a single! Bloomquist came around to score the go-ahead run.
Joakim Soria and Jason Kendall celebrated after Soria’s first save of 2010. Then, it was time for Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi!
Although the Royals are just one game into the 2010 season, manager Trey Hillman is already facing questions about wins and losses. When asked if he felt a sense of urgency coming into tonight’s game, Hillman replied, “There’s a sense of urgency for every game…a little more so having lost a game we should have won.”
Keeping this sense of urgency in mind, the Royals will sport a slightly different lineup for Wednesday night’s game–the main change being the replacement of Willie Bloomquist by Alberto Callaspo at third.
Despite Callaspo’s previous injury (sore right oblique), Hillman claims he is comfortable with Callaspo playing third or else he wouldn’t have made the decision to put him there. Hillman noted that Callaspo enters the game coming off three or four good days of practice. Fans will be happy to see the Venezuela native’s stick back in the lineup after he hit .300 in 2009, just shy of Billy Butler, who led the club at .301.
Royals faithful will also be pleased to hear that Hillman plans on having Gil Meche for Sunday’s game against the Red Sox, although that announcement has not been made official.
Dave Owen was spotted hitting ground balls to Yuniesky Betancourt and Alberto Callaspo.
Players also spent time practicing their bunts. Here you see Rick Ankiel and Wilson Betemit getting their reps.
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2010 Major League contracts with first baseman Billy Butler and infielder Alberto Callaspo. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. All players are now signed for the 2010 season.
The 23-year old Butler, the 2009 Les Milgram Player of the Year, led the club with a .301 average, 93 RBI and 51 doubles last season. He also belted 21 home runs in tying for sixth in the league with 73 extra-base hits. The first baseman’s 51 doubles were second in the Majors and the second-most all time in Royals history behind Hal McRae’s 54 in 1977. The 2009 A.L. Player of the Month for September was selected by the Royals in the first round (14th overall) in 2004.
Callaspo, 26, was named the 2009 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner after batting .300 with 41 doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs and 73 RBI. Entering his third season with the Royals after being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitcher Billy Buckner on December 14, 2007, the Venezuelan has hit .302 in 229 games for Kansas City.
The Royals are gearing up for the spring slate with a pair of intrasquad games. Tuesday’s highlights included David DeJesus going 3-for-3, Rick Ankiel hitting two home runs and Aaron Crow throwing two scoreless frames. Here are some photos:
The Royals have announced that Alberto Callaspo was named the 2009 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).
“Alberto had a special year, especially at the plate, and truly deserves this honor,” Royals manager Trey Hillman said. “He was a consistent and reliable performer who seemed to have a knack for big hits in key situations.”
The 26-year old second baseman posted an impressive offensive season for Kansas City, batting .300 with 41 doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs, 73 RBI and 79 runs scored in 155 games. His .823 on-base plus slugging percentage was the fourth-highest in baseball among second basemen while his 41 doubles were the third-most among second baseman in Royals history. The switch-hitter from Maracay, Venezuela, has a .302 average in 229 games since joining the Royals prior to the 2008 season.
The Royals plan to announce the 2009 Les Milgram Player of the Year and Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year next Monday, November 16, and Tuesday, November 17, respectively.
Congratulations to Alberto on his breakout season!