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Looking at the hoops bracket – Royals style

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.

Gordon hit 6-26We’ll start with a layup:

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 PlayeLarry_Gura_S_0i001r 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!

Spring Training Photos: Monday’s intrasquad game

Intrasquad games bring out a little friendly competition in Spring Training.  Let’s take a look:

Alex Gordon steps up to the plate.  It's an intrasquad game, so Gordo flashed a smile.

Alex Gordon steps up to the plate. It’s an intrasquad game, so Gordo flashed a smile.

Evaluations do take place in intrasquad games.  Royals Hall of Fame scout Art Stewart charts the pitches.

Evaluations do take place in intrasquad games. Royals Hall of Fame scout Art Stewart tracked the game closely.

New Royal Omar Infante raced down the line to first.

New Royal Omar Infante raced down the line to first.

Non-roster invitee Paulo Orlando showcased his power with a home run.

Non-roster invitee Paulo Orlando showcased his power with a home run.

Newcomer Carlos Peguero circles the bases after an opposite field home run.

Newcomer Carlos Peguero circles the bases after an opposite field home run.

The moment of impact as bat meets ball:  Catcher Juan Graterol

The moment of impact as bat meets ball: Catcher Juan Graterol

Double Gold:  Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer chat at first base.  They'll be back on the same team when Cactus League play starts on Thursday.

Double Gold: Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer chat at first base. They’ll be back on the same team when Cactus League play starts on Thursday.

2014 Royals Caravan: Visiting GordoNation (a.k.a. Nebraska)

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.

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Royals set club record with three Gold Glove winners!

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., and ESPN2 announced tonight that a club record three Kansas City Royals ¬– left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have won American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.  The three Rawlings Gold Glove winners mark the first time since 1989 that Kansas City has had multiple honorees.  The Royals’ three Rawlings Gold Glove winners tied Baltimore for the Major League lead.

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.  Center fielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar were also named finalists for the award.

Gordon became the first Royal to win three-straight Rawlings Gold Glove Awards since second baseman Frank White won six-straight, from 1977-82.  Alex joins Amos Otis (1971, 1973-74) as the only Royals outfielders to win three awards.  Gordon tied for the Major League lead with 17 outfield assists, after finishing second in 2012 and leading MLB with 20 assists in 2011.  His 54 assists since the start of 2011 are the most in the Majors, 16 more than the next-closest active outfielder (Torii Hunter).  He led American League left fielders in games (160), innings (1364.1), total chances (341) and putouts (323), while committing just one error for a .997 fielding percentage.  Gordon, a former third baseman, earned his first career Rawlings Gold Glove in 2011, his first full season in the outfield.

Hosmer became the first Kansas City first baseman to be honored with a Rawlings Gold Glove, and first Royals infielder to be honored since Mark Grudzielanek (2B) in 2006. A finalist for a Gold Glove in 2012, Hosmer earned the award after leading American League first sackers in games played (158) and assists (122), while finishing second in innings (1372.1), total chances (1,335) and putouts (1,205).  His .994 fielding percentage ranked fourth among the league’s first basemen with at least 1,200 chances.

Perez is just the second Royals’ catcher to be honored with a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, joining Bob Boone in 1989.  Named an All-Star for the first time in his career, Perez led American League catchers with a Royals’ record 71 assists as well as 23 base runners caught stealing, while his 35.2 caught stealing percentage ranked second among qualifying catchers.  Perez also ranked second among A.L. backstops in games (137), innings (1115.1), total chances (1,008), putouts (930).  He was also charged with just three passed balls, the fewest among American League catchers with at least 100 games behind the plate.
Gordon, Hosmer and Perez give the Royals 23 Rawlings Gold Gloves honorees in franchise history, while Hosmer and Perez become the 11th and 12th different players honored.  Gordon earned the ninth Gold Glove given to a Kansas City outfielder (fifth different outfielder).

For the first time in its 57-year history, Rawlings added a sabermetric component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process, as part of its new collaboration with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).  The SABR Defensive Index comprised of approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total, with the managers and coaches’ vote continuing to carry the majority.

Voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ presented by SABR began at the conclusion of the awards show at www.rawlings.com, allowing the general public to weigh in as to who is “The Finest in the Field®” in both the American League and National League.  A combination of the international fan vote and the SABR Defensive Index will determine who takes home the honor of each League’s top defensive player.  The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners will be unveiled during the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony presented by Gold Sport Collectibles on Friday, November 8, 2013, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Five Royals named finalists for 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

Salvador Perez is a Rawlings Gold Glove finalist for the first time.

Salvador Perez is a Rawlings Gold Glove finalist for the first time.

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corportation, announced today that five Royals – center fielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar, left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have been named 2013 American League Gold Glove Award finalists.  The Royals’ five finalists are second-most in the A.L., behind Baltimore’s six and tied for second-most in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Rawlings also announced that award winners will be revealed on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. CT, during a special edition of “Baseball Tonight/The 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award ® Announcement Show”, which will air on ESPN2.  The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League ™ and National League ™, as voted by Major League managers and coaches.

Ned Yost media session: August 12, 2013

There are not too many days during the season when Alex Gordon’s name is not in the lineup but today is one of those days. Ned Yost told reporters at his afternoon press conference that Gordon is out because Alex’s wife Jamie just gave birth to a baby boy, who joins big brother Max. He noted he thought Gordon would be back in the lineup tomorrow. Congratulations to the Gordon family!

The skipper was also asked how he will use new addition, Jamey Carroll, along with Chris Getz, who was activated from the disabled list today. “We will kind of use a platoon situation but there will be days Jamey will play against certain right-handers. We will just go day-to-day. They are both solid players. They are not flashy but they do a lot of things that go unnoticed. They will move a runner or have a sacrifice. At the end of the day they will have done two or three things that you really need to do,” said Yost.

Carroll and Justin Maxwell both came from struggling teams to a team that is 18-5 since the All-Star break and is in playoff contention. Ned was asked how those guys feel about joining a winning team. “One. They were tremendously excited about the situation. Two. They were excited because they see how much fun we have. They see the style we play with and the energy and athleticism we have on the field. They are excited to be a part of it.”

KC’s All-Stars meet with media

SAMSUNG CSCRoyals skipper Ned Yost met with the media prior to today’s series finale with Oakland.  The media conference today surrounded the recent news of the All-Star selections for left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez.  Yost first discussed what it means to the organization to have two players representing the team in New York.  “It was a huge sense of pride for all of us. It’s such a special accomplishment to be named an All-Star.  I’ve had the opportunity to go to five different All-Star Games and they are once in a lifetime deals.  You can’t explain to anybody how much fun and how special the All-Star Game is, but more than anything else is that for the rest of your life you’re known as a Major League All-Star.”

Both Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez were present at the conference, and they echoed Yost’s sentiments.  Perez stated, “I was extremely happy when Ned announced that Alex was going to the All Star game, I was somewhat surprised that Ned said he wasn’t going alone, and that I was going along.  It’s going to be something special.  Gordon followed by stating, “It’s a great honor especially to be picked by the players that’s a big honor.  It’s a huge honor for me and Salvy to get picked by the players.  I think Ned and Dayton have done a tremendous job in developing this team.”

The Royals begin a seven game road trip tomorrow that will lead them in to the All Star break.  Gordon and Perez are set to make their All Star debuts on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.

Royals Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez named American League All-Stars

Alex Gordon dropped a hit into left field...

2013 All-Star Alex Gordon

Major League Baseball announced today that Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez have been named American League All-Stars.  Both Royals will be making their first All-Star appearances at the 79th annual Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in New York on Tuesday, July 16.  Both Gordon and Perez were elected to the team via the player vote.

This marks the first time since the 2003 All-Star Game that the Royals have had more than one player representative.  Gordon is the first KC outfielder to be selected to the team since Jermaine Dye in 2000, while Perez is the first Royals’ catcher to be named an All-Star since Darrell Porter in 1980.  Porter was also selected in 1978, but did not play, while the only other catcher in franchise history to attend the All-Star festivities was the first Royal All-Star, Ellie Rodriguez in 1969.

Gordon, a six-year veteran with Kansas City, is batting .290 with 15 doubles, 8 homers and 46 RBI in 81 games.  He came into play Saturday leading the American League in 2-out hitting (.374), tied with Alex Rios for the league-lead in outfield assists (8) and was 10th in the league with 29 multi-hit games.  He had a 12-game hitting streak earlier this season and had walk-off hits against Toronto (April 14), the Chicago White Sox (May 5) and Atlanta (June 26).
Perez is in his second full year in the Major Leagues and is hitting .302 with 15 doubles, 4 homers, 36 RBI in 71 games.  He ranks second among A.L. catchers in batting average (.302) and is third in the league with a .403 average with runners in scoring position.  He has thrown out 10 would-be base stealers, which is tied for third-most in the American League.  He had an 11-game hitting streak from June 5-15 and has 21 RBI since June 1.

 

 

Salvador Perez makes his first All-Star team at age 23.

Salvador Perez makes his first All-Star team at age 23.

Ned Yost media session: July 6, 2013

Royals manager Ned Yost met with the media before this afternoon’s tussle with Oakland.

Alex Gordon returns to the lineup today after missing two games due to his collision with the left field wall. The skipper was asked about Alex’s condition heading into today’s game. “He feels better after 24 hours. He was a little sore running yesterday but it felt better when he got it loosened up. He looked great in batting practice. We had him ready to go last night in case Cain or Moustakas got on late (in last night’s ninth inning) and bring him in with a chance to win the game with a homer. He felt better yesterday and came in today feeling better yet.”

Alcides Escobar started 81 of KC’s first 83 games. Today he gets a rare breather. Yost talked about his shortstop for a little while this morning. “I am probably going to give him two days off. He has been working really hard and grinding. For me it makes sense. If your body is tired you need a day but if your mind is tired you need a couple days off. We have two, hot, day games coming up here so it is a good opportunity to get him some rest,” said the manager.

Ned Yost Media Session: Alex Gordon update

Alex Gordon’s recovery continues after his crash into the left field wall during Wednesday’s game vs. Cleveland. Ned Yost was asked about the condition of his star left fielder at his afternoon media session.

“Alex has passed every impact test (concussion test) from us. We have submitted the paper work to MLB so they can clear him. Once you have submitted it to MLB they will send an impartial doctor to look at him. That could be today or tomorrow.”  The skipper went onto say, “He still has a major bruise on his hip. He is going to come out and stretch with the team, play a little catch and go in the cage. If it feels alright he may come out and take some BP but it is still going to be a couple of days.”

The Oakland A’s come into town boasting one of the best records in all of baseball. The manager was asked what jumps out at him about the Athletics. “Their record jumps out at you. Their starting pitching jumps out at you. Their bullpen is very good. They have a very solid offense which is stacked with left handed batters at the bottom of their order. They are in a very tough division and they are at the top of it. They are very good team,” said Yost.

 

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