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The Royals picked up their first Spring Training win on Thursday. Today, they travel to Scottsdale to play the Giants. Our pitching matchup is one that you’d love to see in the regular season when these guys could stretch it out and go deep into the game. Zack Greinke will make his 2009 debut against San Francisco newcomer Randy Johnson. The Big Unit is looking to put the icing on his Hall of Fame résumé in 2009 as he is 5 regular season wins shy of 300. Here’s the Friday lineup, along with Thursday’s home run swings from John Buck and Coco Crisp.
Alberto Callaspo – 2B
Mike Aviles – SS
Billy Butler – DH
Ryan Shealy – 1B
Miguel Olivo – C
Corey Smith – 3B
Mitch Maier – CF
Tommy Murphy – LF
Chris Lubanski – RF
Zack Greinke – RHP
The early days of Spring Training are dedicated to the fundamentals. Bunting, sliding, and defense are a few of the drills being emphasized in Surprise. Let’s take a look:
First base coach Rusty Kuntz specializes in teaching baserunning. He had everyone take off their shoes for this fun drill…it looks like some of the guys were taken back to their Slip ‘n Slide days! (Left – Willie Bloomquist, right – Billy Butler, below right – Alex Gordon)
Every player has been working on getting the bunt down…including Kila Ka’aihue.
The outfielders worked with Kuntz on technique (below left). Coco Crisp later spent some time fielding batting practice.
Crisp and his teammates were all smiles as they took some cuts in the cage.
Greetings, Royals fans! Team photographer Chris Vleisides is in Surprise. He sent along pictures from the last few days. Here are some of your newest Royals in action – Willie Bloomquist, Coco Crisp, Tug Hulett, and Mike Jacobs. Check back as we will post more pictures from Spring Training!
Fans bring a variety of items through the autograph lines. We saw one woman with a bowling ball (try carrying that around FanFest for a few hours!)…Royals players have been signing the ball for the last five years! Some items are easy to sign, while David DeJesus found out that a little more precision was needed to inscribe this stuffed animal.
Here’s Joakim Soria penning his John Hancock on a green and white Royals Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day hat. Maybe this fan is hoping that Joakim’s signature will bring them a little luck.
Sometimes fans cherish the chance to welcome the newest players to Kansas City just as much as the signature.
9,500 fans flocked to the Overland Park Convention Center for the 2009 Royals FanFest. The main stage was home to a variety of question and answer sessions. Let’s take a look at a few of the highlights:
General Manager Dayton Moore explains his thoughts on the 2009 Royals to Ryan Lefebvre and Tim Scott. At right, Ryan interviews the newest Royals. (Left to right – Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Jacobs, Coco Crisp, Willie Bloomquist)
The broadcasters held court on Saturday for some unscripted banter. Mike Swanson, VP of Communications and Broadcasting for the Royals, chats with Denny Matthews as Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Stewart, and Joel Goldberg look on.
One of Sunday’s most popular events was the Kids Only Press Conference. David DeJesus, Alex Gordon, and Willie Bloomquist took some tough questions from the youngsters in the crowd.
Fans at the main stage took home some new Royals gear as members of the K Crew tossed items to the crowd before and after each event.
FanFest is just four days away, and we have big news to report! You can meet the newest members of the team this weekend at the Overland Park Convention Center. It was just announced that Willie Bloomquist, Coco Crisp, Kyle Farnsworth, and Mike Jacobs will all be in attendance!
Visit the FanFest page on royals.com where you can purchase tickets and read about all of the activities.
Photo: Tony Gutierrez/AP
Coco Crisp is usually awakened around 9 a.m. by his kids at his California home. Today’s wake-up call came a bit earlier, around 7 a.m., when he learned that he had been traded to the Royals. Crisp had an idea that he might be dealt this week and was excited to learn about his move to Kansas City.
Coco described himself as down to earth, competitive, a family man, and a person who tries to stay within his abilities on the baseball field. He wants to win and brings a presence to the park every day. The winning attitude comes from his roots in a competitive family. Every family event from Monopoly to ping-pong was a must-win competition in the Crisp household.
His time in Boston was hampered by nagging injuries, but he described it as a good learning experience. He knows only a few of his new teammates, but he is looking forward to a return to the AL Central, where had success as a member of the Cleveland Indians from 2002 to 2005.
We welcome Coco to the club. It’s likely that he’ll be the first player to patrol centerfield at the “New K”, so make plans today to watch Royals baseball from his perspective in some of our brand new seating areas in 2009.
General Manager Dayton Moore spoke with local media members about the Coco Crisp-Ramon Ramirez trade during an afternoon press conference. Here are some of the highlights:
According to Moore, Crisp was the best available player to meet the Royals need for a center fielder. He sees Crisp as an impact player for the top of the lineup and a player who will raise expectations in the locker room.
Moore believes the acquisition will help the club move toward a set lineup. However, he doesn’t see a set lineup as a must-have for a championship–caliber club. He pointed out that the World Series champion Phillies had offensive holes in their every day lineup.
Moore feels that the trade is a good baseball deal but did acknowledge that it would be difficult to replace Ramirez and Leo Nunez, who was traded to Florida last month for Mike Jacobs. Ramirez and Nunez both offered high levels of performance at reasonable salaries.
The fortification of the bullpen is Moore’s next priority. It won’t be easy, but Moore did point out that the bullpen wasn’t set in stone at this point last season. The team signed Ron Mahay in December, Nunez exceeded expectations, and Ramirez, a member of the Rockies until the end of spring training, was not on the team’s radar at this time last year.
The Royals have now had two major trades in the early weeks of the offseason. Are their more deals or free agents to be acquired? Media outlets have floated rumors in recent days, which Moore calls “very imaginative”. He did say that the club has “flexibility” and that he looks at how many productive years a player has remaining more than his cost when deciding on free agents and trade possibilities. Stay tuned!
The Royals landed another piece to the puzzle on Wednesday, acquiring center fielder Coco Crisp from the Boston Red Sox for right-handed pitcher Ramon Ramirez.
Crisp, 29, batted .283 with seven home runs, 41 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 2008. He was a member of Boston’s 2007 World Series championship team. Dayton Moore will be speaking with the media shortly and Coco will take part in a teleconference later this afternoon. Check back later for a wrap up of the press conferences.