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Royals announce 2010 organizational award winners

The Royals are pleased to announce the remaining organizational award winners for the 2010 season.  The honorees will be recognized at the 2011 Royals Awards Show, scheduled for Saturday, January 22 in conjunction with Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience at the Overland Park Convention Center.

During the event, the Royals will recognize 12 honorees for their contributions both on and off the field in 2010.  Former Royals greats such as George Brett and Willie Wilson will be among the presenters in attendance.

Previously, the club announced the following award recipients as voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).  Royals’ closer Joakim Soria  was the selection for the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year while Billy Butler was the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year for the second straight season.  Starter Bruce Chen was named the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.

The remaining award recipients to be recognized at the event include:

Mike Moustakas, recipient of the George Brett Hitter of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top hitter. The 22-year-old third baseman combined to hit .322 with NW Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA), tying for the minor league lead with 36 home runs.  The Royals’ first-round selection (2nd overall) in 2007 also posted 41 doubles and drove in 124 in being named the Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year, the Texas League Player of the Year, and a Baseball America 2010 first-team Minor League All-Star.

John Lamb, recipient of the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top pitcher. The 20-year-old pitched at three levels of the Royals system in 2010, wrapping up at NW Arkansas.  The six-foot-three lefty from Laguna Hills, Calif., was a combined 10-7 with a 2.38 ERA in 28 starts, allowing 122 hits in 147.2 innings, striking out 159 and walking just 45.  Lamb was a fifth-round pick of the Royals in 2008.

Derrick Robinson, recipient of the Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top base runner.  The 23-year-old patrolled center field for the Texas League-champion Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2010, hitting .286 with a league-leading 50 stolen bases in 67 attempts.  The speedster, drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 2006, has swiped 236 bases in his professional career, including 181 in his last three campaigns, and is a two-time winner of the Willie Wilson Award, also earning the honor in 2008.

Eric Hosmer, recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top defensive player.  Hosmer, 21, is an athletic first baseman who posted a .988 fielding percentage in 80 games at Wilmington (A Advanced) before upping that mark to .994 in 43 games at first for NW Arkansas.  At the plate, the Royals’ first-round pick (3rd overall) in 2008 batted a combined .338 with 43 doubles, nine triples, 20 home runs, 86 RBI and 87 runs, also stealing 14 bases in 16 attempts.

Buddy Baumann, recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award – recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field.  The 23-year-old left-handed pitcher tirelessly volunteered for numerous community events throughout the 2010 season, visiting Wilmington-area schools and hospitals and conducting several baseball clinics.  Kansas City’s seventh-round selection in 2009 was 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three relief appearances for Burlington (A) to begin 2010 before going 4-2 with four saves and posting a 2.24 ERA in 31 games (14 starts) for Wilmington.

Brian Poldberg, recipient of the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development.  The only manager the NW Arkansas Naturals have ever known, Poldberg led the club to the Texas League Championship in 2010.  The team was also recently recognized as the Baseball America Minor League Club of the Year.  After ending a seven-year playing career, the Carter Lake, Iowa resident has been a coach and instructor in the Royals organization since 1987.

Sean Gibbs, recipient of the Art Stewart Scout of the Year – recognizing an outstanding scout.  Gibbs has served the Royals organization as an area scout since 2007.  He has scouted and signed several players including 2010 Burlington (R) Pitcher of the Year Crawford Simmons.

Andrew Layman, assistant general manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, is the recipient of the Matt Minker Award – recognizing an outstanding minor league affiliate employee.  Layman has directed the merchandise, ticket and stadium operations departments during his 19-year Blue Rocks tenure.  In 1998, he received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for best exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism in recognition of his time invested with a local teen.  The Malvern, Pa. native is a 1992 graduate of Lynchburg College where he played lacrosse.  He currently makes his home in Wilmington with fiance, Jordan, and their son, Mason.

In addition, the Royals will honor Chuck Sailors with the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award –  recognizing an outstanding member of the community.  In 2004, Sailors founded the KC Urban Youth Center at 28th and Troost in Kansas City, Mo.  Today, the center is part of three low-income housing communities in urban Kansas City serving more than 300 students and their families each year.  Sailors and his staff work daily with a holistic approach in order to offer hope, community and wholeness to children and youth living in traditionally underserved communities.


Bruce Chen: Funny off of the field, serious on it

Chen_1.jpgLeft-handed pitcher Bruce Chen is a character in the clubhouse and away from baseball (such as the below picture from the Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament).  His humor even reached Kauffman Stadium’s CrownVision this season with a starring role in “High Five Somebody” and another feature called the “Bruce Chen Joke of the Day”.  Fittingly, he was the starting pitcher on June 4 when Will Ferrell joined fellow comedians/actors Bobby Cannavale, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Horatio Sanz and Jason Sudeikis at Kauffman Stadium.  Ferrell’s rallying cry of “C’mon Chen!” will be remembered for years to come.

Chen, the funny man off of the diamond, cited his business-like preparation in today’s conference call with the media to discuss his Joe Burke Special Achievement Award.  All of the hard work since his “Tommy John” surgery in 2007 culminated in his last start of 2010 as he tossed his first career shutout on October 1 vs. Tampa Bay.

Chen_golf.jpgWhile Chen is proud of the accomplishments (the shutout, his first save, 12 wins to name a few), he is already looking forward to next year.  Chen had just completed a workout before the conference call.  The free agent is spending time this offseason at his home in Surprise, Ariz. and has received permission to train at the Royals complex.

Chen is grateful that the Royals gave him the opportunity to show what he can do both prior to 2009 and 2010 with minor league deals.  He likes the organization and the direction that it is headed in.  While Chen is open to returning to the Royals, he believes that he will have several choices this offseason and will leave all of the contract talks to his agent.

He closed the call by thanking everyone who voted for him and stating how honored he was to win the award. 

Make sure to check back tomorrow as the Royals announce the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year.  The winner will join media for a conference call at 3:30 p.m. and we will recap the call here.

Pitcher Bruce Chen named winner of 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award

Chen1.jpgThe Royals have announced that left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen was selected as the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.  The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).  The award goes to an unsung player who contributed above and beyond what was expected, or someone who the writers felt deserved some recognition for an outstanding season.  Chen becomes the first Royals player not on the Spring Training 40-man roster to win the award since 1995 when infielder Keith Lockhart began the strike-altered season in the minor leagues with Omaha.

Chen_shutout2.jpgThe 33-year-old Chen began 2010 as a non-roster invite to Spring Training and concludes the season as the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner after leading the club in wins with a 12-7 record.  He finished the campaign with a 4.17 ERA in 33 appearances, including 23 starts, and also added a save.  The win total fell one shy of his career high of 13 set in 2005 with Baltimore.  He finished with the most wins by a Royals lefty since Charlie Leibrandt and Floyd Bannister posted 13 and 12 victories, respectively, in 1988.  A native of Panama, Chen capped his sensational comeback season by tossing his first career shutout in his final start on October 1, posting a two-hitter in a 7-0 win over the A.L. East Champion Tampa Bay Rays.

Congrats to Bruce!  We’ll be sitting in on a conference call with him later today, and will bring you a recap.

The Royals plan to announce the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year tomorrow and the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year on Monday, November 9.

Ned Yost media session: September 4

Welcome to the big show!

Lucas May will make his Major League debut tonight. Yost sees the start as necessary in order to get a good look at the catcher and see what he’s capable of doing. The manager doesn’t plan on filling May’s head with advice before the game, but does expect him to discuss strategy with tonight’s starter, Bruce Chen. Yost believes the veteran Chen will pair up well with the “newbie” and will have the patience to hang with the young catcher and help him get through his first start.

Detroit catcher Max St. Pierre is also making his big league debut in tonight’s ballgame after having spent nearly 14 years in the minors.  St. Pierre spent 2007 Spring Training in Surprise with the Royals.

It’s a balancing act

Yost also discussed his “dual thinking,” meaning he first and foremost shows up everyday to win, but at the same time he is trying to figure out how to get better for next year. For example, Yost might let a player hit when he would normally would pinch hit for the player because he needs to see what the player is capable of doing in certain situations. He admitted it’s tough to balance the two, but he tries to keep it as steady as he can.

In the two-hole

With Jason Kendall out due to extensive repair to his rotator cuff, Mitch Maier is now seeing playing time at the two-hole in the batting order. According to Yost, Maier is statistically the best situational hitter on the team (Kendall had been second). Situational hitting is something the team tracks from game one until the end of the season, and is also something the club works on everyday.

Chen music

Chen_1.jpgBruce Chen, shown here in a June home start, took a perfect game into the seventh tonight before Erick Aybar picked up a single.  Chen was helped by a pair of great catches from David DeJesusJose Guillen’s single gave KC a 2-0 lead in the eighth as they went on to a 4-2 win over the Angels.  Chen moves to 5-2 on the year and Kansas City is 2-0 on the trip.  The Royals, who have won 7 of 9, play tomorrow night on ESPN (first pitch at 7:15 Central).


Chen, Getz help at NSCD sports camp

018.JPGYesterday, pitcher Bruce Chen and infielder Chris Getz were guest instructors at The Baseball Ability Camp, a clinic sponsored by the National Sports Center for the Disabled and the Royals.  The free camp allowed kids from 6 to 18 to experience baseball first hand.  Bruce and Chris were a hit with the campers and the volunteers!

For more information on the National Sports Center for the Disabled and to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit





Ned Yost media session: June 27

The word on Bruce

Yost believes today’s starting pitcher Bruce Chen has done a nice job in 2010 thus far. Chen’s secret to success hasn’t just been his command, but also the way he keeps hitters off balance and changes speeds and eye levels. Yost argues that there’s a difference between someone who stands on the mound and throws and someone who is a pitcher, and he believes Chen is definitely the latter.

A work in progress

Although Yost worked for the organization before taking over the manager position, he said it still takes time, a couple weeks to a month, to get to know players on a personal level and figure out what makes them tick. He said he has tried to really study and watch players in order to find out what they focus on and don’t focus on. In general, Yost takes a mixed approach when it comes to treatment of his players. He claimed that while most rules apply to everyone, he still tries to treat everyone as individuals. The main rule he is concerned with is simply maintaining a high standard of play. The manager expects everyone to give all they have each day.

Feeling at home

Yost had nothing but positive things to say about his experience with the Royals. He thinks he has a great group of players who have the desire to win, and he is also very fond of Kansas City and Kauffman Stadium.

Photos: Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament benefits Special Olympics

Players, alumni and broadcasters were among the participants in the third annual Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament, held on Monday at The National Golf Club of Kansas City.  The team captained by alum Al Fitzmorris (third picture below) won the title.  Squads captained by Gil Meche and Denny Matthews also tied for the top spot, but lost a tiebreaker to Fitzmorris’ team.  Here are some photos of a great day on the course!






Trey Hillman media session: April 23

The talk today centered on the new additions to the Kansas City Royals; right-handed pitcher Brad Thompson and left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen. Royals’ manager Trey Hillman is excited to see the new arms in the bullpen and stated he is looking for the right combination to get the baseball to closer Joakim Soria in the ninth inning. Hillman knows that the Royals record this season would be significantly improved had they seen better outings from their relievers.

With these additions, also came some losses from the Royals’ bullpen. The Royals released relief pitcher Juan Cruz and designated relief pitcher Luis Mendoza for assignment. Hillman cited that Cruz didn’t have his full strength on several occasions this spring, possibly from a lingering sore shoulder that bothered him last season. However, Hillman believes these moves show the Royals are dedicated to winning now and will not settle for giving away any victories.

Trey Hillman Media Session: September 23

Meet Mr. Lerew

The mystery surrounding Thursday’s starter against the Boston Red Sox is officially over.  Say hello to #54 Anthony Lerew, previously the ace of the Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  Lerew, 26, has pitched sparingly in three previous seasons with the Atlanta Braves compiling a 0-2 record with an 8.31 ERA.  He was signed by the Royals in Spring Training and collected a 10-6 record while pitching for Northwest Arkansas and then went 2-0 in the playoffs for the Naturals.  What can we expect from Mr. Lerew? Manager Trey Hillman says he hears good things about Anthony.  “I’ll be honest, I have not even seen him pitch to a live batter, nor have I seen him even throw a bullpen session, but I hear good things about him.  He is a big, strong kid who has good command and solid stuff.  Anthony has experience in the big leagues which is important. It will be interesting, and as you see him for the first time, I will be doing the same.”  

Injury Report

LHP Dusty Hughes-Feeling better, will be missing Thursday’s scheduled start but plans on a bullpen session. If and when he returns, look for him to return to the bullpen.

RHP Juan Cruz-Off the DL should be available as soon as tomorrow for the final game of the series against the Boston Red Sox.

LHP John Bale-Has been throwing batting practice, multiple bullpen sessions are in order leading him to eventually throw to live batting.  Hillman and the club continue to be very cautious with this lefty reliever, so there is not a guarantee he will pitch again this season.

RHP Kyle Farnsworth-Continues to be suffering from a sore lower shoulder (back), team is hoping to use his services before the end of the season, but again the cautious approach is being taken with Kyle.

LHP Bruce Chen-Done for the season and put on 60 day DL with torn left oblique muscle. 


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