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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.
The South Caravan wrapped up with three stops on Monday. The first was in Springdale, Ark., home of the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Royals owner David Glass met with pitchers Bruce Chen, Danny Duffy and Will Smith before a luncheon, which was hosted by the Naturals and the Springdale Rotary. The program included Glass greeting the crowd of over 200. A Q&A session for the pitchers followed, with Chen providing several laughs. Fans were happy to see former Naturals Duffy and Smith, who helped the club to the 2010 Texas League title. We also noticed a Bruce Chen Northwest Arkansas jersey – a very rare item as the lefty made just one rehab start with the club!
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield inducts a class each year, and several Royals have been enshrined. The 2013 class will be inducted next weekend, with Mike Sweeney making the special trek to Springfield. Royals Hall of Fame Pitcher Dennis Leonard entered the MO Sports Hall in 2003. This afternoon, he returned on Royals Caravan and visited with many loyal Royals fans. Here are two photos of “Leo”: First, the Class of 2003 display. Second, a display on fishing, which got a thumbs up from the avid outdoorsman.
The Royals Caravan recently visited Topeka, Fort Riley and Manhattan. The first stop was the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, where the group of George Brett, Dennis Leonard, Joe Randa and Jason Kendall met with patients and staff. Stop number two was Fort Riley, where the Royals were welcomed by members of the 4th Brigade. Our group finished the day in Manhattan, where they watched K-State take on Baylor.
Kansas City and Omaha have been affiliated since day one in 1969…and Rosenblatt Stadium has been the site of Omaha’s home games since the beginning. Tomorrow night, the O-Royals will play their final regular season home game at the historic stadium. The club will play in a new ballpark in Sarpy County in 2011. Thursday’s game starts at 7:05 and the O-Royals will host a Fan Fest outside of the stadium from 5:30 to 7:00.
Pre-game ceremonies will begin on the field at 6:45 p.m. Frank White, Paul Splittorff, Dennis Leonard and Willie Wilson are scheduled to participate in the ceremony.
Royals Hall of Famers Frank White and Dennis Leonard joined outfielder David DeJesus for a visit to Fort Leavenworth yesterday. The group met with families of deployed soldiers, then presented a $25,000 check on behalf of Royals charities to the Garrison Commander, COL Wayne Green. The donation will be used in support of military families of deployed service members. It was a special day at Fort Leavenworth! Here’s a look:
Mark Teahen’s charitable efforts in the Kansas City community earned him the Hutch Award yesterday. The national award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson, both on and off the field. Teahen, traded to Chicago on November 6, is the first member of the White Sox to win the award. George Brett (1980), Dennis Leonard (1986) and Mike Sweeney (2007) are past Hutch recipients. This was Teahen’s second year as a finalist for the award.
Teahen is the spokesperson for the YMCA Challenger Baseball program in Kansas City. His fundraising efforts with the program include an annual fashion show. He also participated in countless community events, including the Royals AbilityCAMP, an interactive baseball camp for children with disabilities. Thank you Mark for your work in the Kansas City community!
The Royals will salute members of the military and their families at Fort Leavenworth as well as greet fans in Lawrence, Kan., on Wednesday, December 2.
Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White, Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Leonard and Royals outfielder David DeJesus will tour Fort Leavenworth prior to meeting families of deployed soldiers and presenting a Royals Charities donation of $25,000 to the Garrison Commander, COL Wayne Green. The donation will be used in support of military families of deployed Service members.
Following the visit to Fort Leavenworth, the Royals will travel to Lawrence, Kan., where they will meet fans from 5:15-6 p.m. at Sunflower Broadband offices, located at 1 Riverfront Plaza. The group will then attend the 7 p.m. Alcorn State vs. University of Kansas men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse on the KU Campus.
A tentative schedule is listed below:
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Tour Fort Leavenworth
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Visit members of the military and their families stationed at Fort Leavenworth
4:00 p.m. – Present check to Ft. Leavenworth Garrison Commander, COL Wayne Green, at the Frontier Conference Center at Ft. Leavenworth
5:15-6 p.m. – Meet and Greet at Sunflower Broadband – Lawrence, KS (Hosted by Fox Sports Kansas City)
7 p.m. - Attend the Alcorn State vs. University of Kansas men’s basketball game
Royals infielder/outfielder Mark Teahen is a finalist for the Hutch Award for the second straight year. He is the only repeat nominee from last year’s group of 10 finalists. The honor is given to the MLB player who best exemplifies the spirit and competitive desire of Fred Hutchinson, a baseball player who passed away from cancer in 1964 at the age of 45.
Mark participates in numerous community appearances throughout the year and is the spokesperson for Kansas City’s Challenger Division baseball program.
The other nominees are Jonny Gomes, Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter, Mark Lowe, Mike Lowell, Nick Markakis, Kevin Millwood, Justin Morneau and Albert Pujols.
The Royals have had three Hutch winners (George Brett, 1980, Dennis Leonard, 1986 and Mike Sweeney, 2007). This year’s award will be the 45th. Mickey Mantle accepted the first award in 1965 and Boston’s Jon Lester was the 2008 recipient. Other recipients include Hall-of-Famers Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Al Kaline, Willie McCovey and Lou Brock.
For more information about the Hutch Award, including a full list of past recipients, visit www.fhcrc.org/hutchaward.
- Greinke enters with 237 strikeouts. He needs eight K’s to move past Dennis Leonard’s single-season club record of 244, set in 1977. Zack has struck out eight or more in half of his 32 starts.
- His ERA is currently 2.06. He would have to go at least 7.0 innings without an earned run to have an ERA that would round to 1.99 or less. No pitcher in the American League has had that low an ERA since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 ERA in 2000 for Boston. In addition, no pitcher has posted an ERA in Zack’s range while throwing at least 220 innings since Martinez (1.90) and Roger Clemens (2.05) in 1997.
- Zack has a good shot to post the best ERA in Royals history. Roger “The Spider” Nelson compiled a 2.08 ERA in 1972.
- Greinke is 4-0 with a 0.43 ERA in his last six starts.
- Zack has held the opponent to zero or one earned run in 18 of 32 starts, including 10 starts with no earned runs allowed.
- His ERA after the All-Star Break is 1.97.
- He had a 1.70 ERA at Kauffman Stadium this season, the best in Royals history.
- Has allowed just 11 home runs in 223.1 innings, an average of 0.44 per nine innings, the best mark by a Royal since Kevin Appier in 1993
- Greinke can reach 17 wins, which would tie Paul Byrd’s total from 2002 as the most in a season by a Royals hurler since Kevin Appier’s 18 in 1993.