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A busy news day continues…the Royals have agreed to terms with outfielder Alex Gordon (at left, hitting a walk-off home run on July 30) on a one-year contract for 2011, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. The deal leaves first baseman Billy Butler and right-handed pitchers Kyle Davies and Robinson Tejeda as the club’s only unsigned arbitration-eligible players.
The 26-year-old Gordon made a successful conversion from third base to the outfield in 2010. He split his campaign between Omaha and Kansas City, batting .217 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 74 games with the Royals. Gordon was the Royals’ first-round selection (second overall) in the 2005 Draft.
The Royals will launch the 2011 Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City as they visit fans in St. Joseph, Mo., and Omaha, Neb., on Thursday, January 20. A number of current Royals players and front office officials, as well as Royals legends, will take part in the annual Caravan event with trips to Midwestern towns throughout January.
This Caravan trip will include Royals outfielders Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier, pitcher Luke Hochevar and Royals Hall of Famers John Mayberry and Frank White. A tentative schedule of Caravan events is listed below and at royals.com/caravan.
Following the one-day trip, the club will host the marquee off-season event, Royals FanFest, taking place on January 21-22 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. The best place for fans to meet their favorite Royals, FanFest features appearances from more than 40 current, former and future players, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming and much more. Additional details can be found at royals.com/fanfest.
2011 Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City
North Caravan Trip: Thursday, January 20
Participants: Alex Gordon, Luke Hochevar, Mitch Maier, John Mayberry, Frank White
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Meet & Greet at Hy-Vee – 201 N. Belt Hwy. in St. Joseph (Hosted by KFEQ Radio and St. Joseph Cablevision)
4-5 p.m.: Visit kids undergoing treatment at Omaha Children’s Hospital – 8200 Dodge St. in Omaha (Hosted by Omaha Storm Chasers)
*Private event, but members of the media are welcome to attend
5:30-7:30 p.m.: Meet & Greet at Ultimate Baseball Academy – 4225 S. 121st St. in Omaha (Hosted by Omaha Storm Chasers)
On Friday, December 3, Gordon will join Royals associates at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau’s annual Holiday Shop. The group will distribute winter clothing, food and holiday gifts. The club hosted its annual Coat Drive in September to benefit the Johnson County Christmas Bureau, a volunteer, non-profit organization and United Way agency that provides necessary assistance to low-income families of Johnson County, Kansas. This event is by invitation only.
For the second-straight year, Gordon will also be one of the celebrities participating in the Red Stocking Breakfast at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, located at 95th Street & Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kan., on Saturday, December 4. The Red Stocking Breakfast is the Kansas Children’s Service League’s signature fundraising event with proceeds benefiting child abuse prevention programs in the area. The Kansas Children’s Service League serves more than 40,000 Kansas children and families each year. Stop by as Alex will be on hand to serve breakfast at 10:00 a.m. The breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, with kids 10 and under eating for free. Advance tickets are available until 5:00 p.m. on December 3 at the following site:
Happy Thanksgiving from Around the Horn in KC! The Royals are involved in several community events this holiday season. Last week, associates from the office joined Alex Gordon, Frank White and Frank’s wife Teresa to serve a Thanksgiving feast at the Men’s Center of KC’s City Union Mission. Kristin and Mack Norman, wife and son of alum Les Norman, led a second group at City Union Mission’s Family Center.
Today, a contingent will help serve a Thanksgiving lunch at the Guadalupe Center. Next week, another team will be assisting shoppers at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau Holiday Shop. Here are a few pictures from the City Union Mission meal and links to these local organizations, where you can find out more about volunteer opportunities.
City Union Mission: http://www.cumission.org/
Guadalupe Centers, Inc: http://www.guadalupecenters.org/
Johnson County Christmas Bureau: http://jccb.org/
With the news of Scott Podsednik’s trade to the Dodgers not even a day old, Yost faced several questions regarding the impact the move will have on the team. First, Yost pointed out that the loss of Podsednik creates the opportunity for Alex Gordon to further develop on a day-to-day basis as an outfielder. Yost also added that the change allots more playing time to Mitch Maier. Furthermore, Yost sees the move as a positive exchange for two quality players, catcher Lucas May and pitcher Elisaul Pimentel, whom he views as adding depth to the organization. Yost believes creating depth is very important and will be key to not missing a beat in critical situations, such as when Gil Meche and Luke Hochevar were placed on the disabled list and the quality pitchers necessary to fill the void simply were not there. The manager also noted the downside of the trade, however, saying that the team lost a .300 hitter and a spark on the bases, as well as a real pro and classy individual. In the end, Yost sees the trade as a move made in the best interest of the organization because it is crucial to increase the talent base at the minor league level and to allow home grown players (such as Gordon) more time to develop at the Major League level.
Without Podsednik in the order, the lineup will look a bit different from now on. Willie Bloomquist will bat leadoff in tonight’s game, but Yost said the spot will vary from day-to-day. Yost believes the Royals no longer have a prototypical leadoff hitter, but he doesn’t see this as a major problem, adding that Bloomquist, Maier, and Jason Kendall are all capable of hitting in the one spot.
The recent vacancy of Podsednik’s roster position also created changes in the bullpen, with right-hander Greg Holland being called up from Triple-A Omaha. Yost said he opted for a pitcher in this situation because the bullpen has been in a flux and he doesn’t want to overuse guys. He thinks Holland will be able to split some time and showcase his 94-97 mph fastball, though he admitted Holland need to improve his command that he has struggled with at times in the minors.
Under the knife
According to Yost, everything went well and without complications during David DeJesus’s thumb surgery this morning. The fact that the surgery is rather common and has a high success rate leaves Yost hopeful that the outfielder will return in the expected 10 weeks. Yost said he would like to get David back before the end of the year.
Pick a side
Yost also discussed Alex Gordon’s time in the outfield, saying that he plans on rotating Gordon between left and right for the time being. The manager’s aim is to further develop Gordon as an outfielder and to eventually determine which side of the field he fits in best.
Fans will witness Jason Kendall’s 2,000th career game behind the plate tonight, a feat just four other catchers have accomplished, none faster than the Royals’ backstop. Yost said the most remarkable aspect of Kendall is his durability, which is hard to argue with since the catcher plays nearly every day. As Yost has noted before, he also credits Kendall’s accomplishment to the catcher’s mindset, which Yost said is focused on a marathon.
Yost was also questioned about how his team will finish out its 20 games in 20 days, which began on July 16. He replied by saying “you just have to get through it…it is what it is.” Yost believes stretches like these are what makes the Major League Baseball season so tough.
The Royals have placed outfielder David DeJesus on the 15-day Disabled List with a right thumb sprain and recalled outfielder Alex Gordon from Triple-A Omaha. Gordon is expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game in New York against the Yankees.
Gordon, 26, was hitting .315 (82-for-260) with 20 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, 44 RBI and 59 runs scored in 68 games for Omaha and was recently a Pacific Coast League All-Star. He also played seven games in a rehab assignment to begin the season with High A Wilmington, batting .235 with three doubles and nine walks in 7 games. The converted third baseman hit .194 (6-for-31) with a double, home run, RBI and 5 runs scored in 12 games for the Royals prior to being optioned to Omaha following the Royals’ May 2 game at Tampa Bay.
Revenge is a dish best served Royal Blue…
After being swept by the Texas Rangers less than three weeks ago in Arlington, the Royals are looking to turn the tables this time around. Royals manager Ned Yost said that the series in early May was tough to watch and his club should want to enact some revenge.
Getting the call…
Yost was asked about the Royals recent addition in utility man Wilson Betemit. Yost said that Betemit’s Major League experience and his ability to switch hit were key in the decision to bring him to the big leagues. Yost also mentioned the ability to use Betemit in a variety of different positions as a plus; citing specifically the need to give numerous starters time off or should the possibility of a double switch present itself in Interleague Play.
He’s beginning to mesh well…
Tonight’s starting pitcher Gil Meche looks like he has gotten past some early season struggles posting three consecutive quality starts. Yost attributes Meche’s recent success on his ability to command the strike zone and locate his pitches. Yost is looking for Meche to build on his success and put his club in a position to win tonight.
Turn and face the change…
Yost commented on Royals minor leaguer Alex Gordon’s recent position change. He said that Gordon has looked great in left field and he is swinging the bat well in Omaha. Yost also stated that they are trying to prepare to Gordon to play the corner outfield position at the Major League level and doesn’t see the position switch hampering Gordon’s swing.
Fields to undergo surgery
Manager Trey Hillman told the media that infielder Josh Fields will undergo right labral hip surgery. He is likely out for the season at this point. The surgery will be performed by the same hip specialist that handled the surgeries for Alex Gordon and Alex Rodriguez.
Rick Ankiel left last night’s game with a slight pull of the right quad. Mitch Maier is in the lineup today and Ankiel is “probable” for a potential pinch hit appearance. The injury is considered day-to-day and not serious enough to send the outfielder to the D.L.
Second baseman Chris Getz is doing well and will start a rehab assignment on Monday in Omaha. The plan is for Getz to play three to four games with the O-Royals before returning to the Major League squad. He is eligible to return from the D.L. on Friday.
Joakim Soria pitched a season high 2.0 innings last night. His availability for Sunday’s game depends on the situation.
Josh Rupe worked out of a bases-loaded situation last night, then worked another scoreless frame. Hillman is pleased with Rupe’s progress and his aggressiveness on the mound.