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Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., and ESPN2 announced tonight that three Kansas City Royals ¬– left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have won American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for the second-straight season. The three Rawlings Gold Glove winners are tied for the most in team history after all three players were honored with the awards in 2013. The Royals’ three Rawlings Gold Glove winners were tied for the Major League lead with the Baltimore Orioles’ three selections.
The awards were voted on by American League managers and coaches and honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American and National Leagues. Shortstop Alcides Escobar was also named a finalist for the award.
Gordon picked up his fourth-straight Rawlings Gold Glove Award, which is the longest active streak in the American League and second-longest in the Majors behind St. Louis’ Yadier Molina, who earned his seventh-straight award tonight. He is the second Royals player to win a Gold Glove in four consecutive years, joining Frank White, who won six-straight (1977-82) and eight overall. Gordon tied for 11th in the American League with eight outfield assists this season, while his 62 assists since the start of 2011 are the most in the Major Leagues in that span. He led all A.L. outfielders in games (156) and innings (1372.2) for the second-straight year and finished sixth in putouts (341) and committed just two errors in 351 chances for a .994 fielding percentage. Gordon, a former third baseman, earned his first career Rawlings Gold Glove in 2011, his first full season in the outfield.
Hosmer earned his second-straight Rawlings Gold Glove and the first American League first sacker to win in back-to-back years since Mark Teixeira did it with the Yankees in 2009-10. He is the only Royals first baseman to be honored with a Gold Glove. The 25-year-old missed a month of the season with a broken hand, but still played the second-most games at first base (130) in the American League and also finished second in total chances (1141), putouts (1043), assists (88) and fourth in zone rating (.854).
Perez also earned back-to-back Rawlings Gold Glove honors, becoming the fourth-straight American League catcher to win the award in at least two consecutive years, joining Ivan Rodriguez (2006-07), Joe Mauer (2008-10) and Matt Wieters (2011-12). He and Bob Boone (1989) are the only Royals catchers to win the award. Salvy set a club record, playing 146 games behind the plate during the regular season, while his 161 games including the postseason were the most ever by a Major League catcher. He led the American League in catcher pickoffs (four) with his 13 career picks tied for fourth among active MLB backstops. An All-Star for the second-straight year, Perez also ranked second in the A.L. in putouts (1037), third in assists (72) and fifth in runners caught stealing (23) this season.
The Kansas City Royals announce that left fielder Alex Gordon is the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for August, while right-handed reliever Wade Davis is the club’s Pitcher of the Month. The player award is determined by a combined fan and media vote, with the pitcher award voted on by local media.
Gordon batted .292 with nine home runs, 16 RBI and 21 runs. He finished second in the Majors in home runs, in a tie for sixth in runs and hit his second career walk-off home run on August 26 vs. Minnesota. This is his second award of the year and 12th of his career.
Davis held opponents scoreless over 14.0 innings, striking out 19 while allowing just one walk. He entered Tuesday with a 27.2 inning scoreless streak, the longest in team history by a reliever. He also won the award in May and July.
Fans have the opportunity to vote for the final Royals Majestic Player of the Month for 2014 by visiting area Kansas Sampler and Rally House locations or the Royals Majestic Team Store at Kauffman Stadium. Participating fans will automatically be entered to win a VIP Experience package which includes an apparel prize pack, tickets to a Royals game and the opportunity to present the Player of the Month award.
Outfielder Alex Gordon, pitcher Greg Holland and catcher Salvador Perez were presented with their personalized Majestic All-Star jerseys prior to Friday’s game. Todd Bradney, National Sales Manager for Majestic Athletics, was on hand to present the jerseys, along with Royals General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost. The selections of Gordon, Holland and Perez mark the first time that the Royals have had as many as three All-Star representatives in consecutive years since 1987-88.
The Royals will be represented at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis next week by the same three players as last year in New York: Greg Holland, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez. The trio took part in a press conference earlier today with local media. Unfortunately due to a wrist injury left fielder Alex Gordon will miss the mid-summer classic at Target Field, though he will still travel to Minnesota to take part in the festivities and be with his teammates.
It will be hard for anything to top last year’s game for Perez, who caught Mariano Rivera’s final All-Star inning in the eighth, a moment Salvy described as something he will never forget. Holland on the other hand took a totally different story back from Citi Field. When the call from the American League dugout came that the Royals closer should begin to warm up, all Greg could think about was not blowing the lead for Rivera’s moment. As he approached the gate to the field those thoughts continued and as he emerged through the open gate, Holland gazed upon an open field. Not a single one of his A.L. teammates took the diamond for the bottom of the seventh inning. His first thought was that he accidentally trotted out for the National League but it wasn’t until he arrived at the mound did he realize that he was staring Marc Anthony, a famous recording artist, in the face as Anthony was set to sing God Bless America. Holland made a cool move towards his team’s dugout until the signing began, leaving Greg on the warning track in front of the dugout. Holly was sure he’d catch some flak from other players for the incident but he never has.
The three Royals echoed each other in saying it is rewarding to be recognized back-to-back seasons for the work they do to stay fresh and focused throughout the season. Holland and Gordon specifically indicated the other’s rigorous routine day in and day out and that it’s nice to see that work consistently pay off in the form of back-to-back All-Star selections.
By Nate Rowan
For the second-straight season, three Kansas City Royals – catcher Salvador Perez, outfielder Alex Gordon and relief pitcher Greg Holland – will represent the club at the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced this evening. All three players will be making their second consecutive appearances at the Mid-Summer Classic, with the trio being voted onto the American League squad by their peers. It was also announced that Perez will start the game due to injury to Baltimore’s Matt Wieters, who received the most votes among A.L. catchers. This marks the first time since the 1987 and 1988 seasons that the Royals have had three players named to the All-Star team in consecutive seasons.
Perez, 24, becomes the first Royals position player to start an All-Star Game since Jermaine Dye in 2000, while he’s the first KC catcher to be named to back-to-back games since Darrell Porter did it in 1979-80. Salvy is hitting .285 this season with 17 doubles, 10 homers and 29 RBI. He entered play today ranked sixth in the A.L., hitting .317 (72-for-227) against right-handed pitching and also led the league’s backstops in hits (85), doubles (17), slugging (.449) and multi-hit games (22). Perez singled and scored a run in last season’s Mid-Summer Classic, catching the final three innings.
Gordon, 30, makes his second-straight All-Star team, becoming the first Royals outfielder to make consecutive appearances since Willie Wilson played in the 1982-83 contests. He’s batting .263 with 23 doubles, 9 homers and 42 RBI. He hit .319 (22-for-69) over the first 19 games in the month of June and entered the day tied for seventh in the league with 23 doubles. Gordon has recorded six outfield assists this season, which ranked seventh in the A.L., entering today, while his 60 assists 2011 are the most in the Majors. He also played the final three innings in left field in last year’s tilt, going 0-for-1.
Holland, 28, will make his second-straight All-Star appearance, being voted on for the first time. He’s the first Royals’ hurler to make back-to-back teams since Jeff Montgomery did it in 1992-93. Greg is 1-2 on the season with 23 saves, a 1.93 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. His 23 saves ranked second in the league entering play today, while his 13.78 strikeouts per nine innings ranked sixth among A.L. relievers. Holland has converted 70 of 74 save opportunities since the start of 2013, with his total leading the league. He faced two hitters in last season’s game, getting a ground out and allowing a single.
The 85th All-Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. CT at Target Field in Minneapolis. The contest will be televised nationally on FOX and also broadcast on ESPN Radio.
Most of the talk pregame with manager Ned Yost was about Salvador Perez, who fouled a ball of his left leg in the seventh inning during last night’s game. Perez was replaced by Brett Hayes following the inning and Perez will not start tonight, though Yost indicated Perez would be available to pinch hit. Yost also said he planned on giving Perez a day off Sunday and when Salvador arrived at the ballpark the swelling was greater than anticipated so Hayes will get the start behind the plate, catching left-hander Danny Duffy who makes his first start of the season after Bruce Chen was placed on the disabled list Friday.
While Perez is not in the starting lineup he will be participating in a pregame ceremony to honor the Royals 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove recipients. He will be joined by first baseman Eric Hosmer and left fielder Alex Gordon. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Rawlings Gold Glove t-shirt, courtesy of Papa John’s.
By Nate Rowan
There are multiple ways to fill out a basketball bracket and if you’re looking for help…well…your guess is as good as ours. We’re here to have some fun with Royals trivia and connections to this year’s tournament.
First, three questions.
1. Which local school, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time since 1998, is the alma mater of a current Royals player?
The answer is Nebraska, represented by left fielder Alex Gordon. (Catcher Adam Moore also redshirted at Nebraska before transferring).
We move to the free throw line:
2. This 2014 tournament entry’s baseball alums include former Royals pitcher Floyd Bannister and Royals Hall of Fame lefty Larry Gura (pictured, with a Hall of Fame third baseman in the background).
The correct answer is Arizona State. Bannister earned National Player of the Year honors with the Sun Devils in 1976 and Gura was on ASU’s College World Series Championship teams of 1967 & 1969.
Can you make the three pointer?
3. Name the current Royals player who attended two entrants in the 2014 basketball tournament.
If you guessed Jeremy Guthrie, then you really know the 2014 Royals. The righty attended BYU for one year, went on a church mission, then completed his college career at Stanford. Jeremy is also an Oregon native and a fan of the University of Oregon Ducks, who play BYU in the Round of 64 opponent is BYU. It will be interesting to see who Jeremy pulls for in this game!
We move on to our affiliates. KC’s minor league cities are well represented in the tournament – three times! And all three universities have a relation to blue.
Omaha, Neb., home of the Triple-A Storm Chasers, is also home to Creighton University Bluejays, the third seed in the West Region.
Wilmington, Del., home of the High-A Blue Rocks, is a short drive from Newark, home of the South Regional #13 seed University of Delaware Blue Hens. Blue is big in Delaware and that’s just fine with us!
Speaking of ‘Big Blue’ – Lexington, Ky., is Kansas City’s newest affiliate. The Legends of the South Atlantic League represent the same city as the University of Kentucky, which has played in 15 Final Fours. The blue variety Wildcats will battle our ‘Little Apple’ neighbors, the purple variety Wildcats of Kansas State.
Former affiliate hometowns are also well represented. Close to home is Wichita (Wichita State), where future Royals were once Wranglers; Memphis (University of Memphis), where Bo Jackson was a Chick; the gem that is Mike Sweeney was once an Emerald in Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon); and Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga) where Carlos Beltran hit his first professional home run with the Royals as an Indian. Additionally, the Royals once had an affiliate in Lansing, Mich., just down the street from East Lansing (Michigan State), which made several future Royals also former Lansing Lugnuts.
Good luck with that bracket! And if you don’t take home first place, hopefully you learned a Royal connection!
Intrasquad games bring out a little friendly competition in Spring Training. Let’s take a look:
Prior to today, this blogger had visited Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri over the last three years on Royals Caravan. Today was my first trek to Nebraska while on Caravan – and what an experience it was! Alex Gordon is the pride of Lincoln Southeast High School and the University of Nebraska. Many fans today knew him personally and many more call him their favorite Royal. Today’s Caravan with Gordon, Dennis Leonard and FSKC’s Joel Goldberg featured a stop at a middle school in Blair, Nebraska. The kids made special posters for Alex, Leo and Joel. They also learned the importance of hard work in the classroom from Gordon and Leonard. The Royals donated seats from Kauffman Stadium to the school (the seats go in the school library as part of a reading promotion). Four lucky students had their picture taken next to the seats with Gordon and later with Leonard.