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- 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.
Some of your all-time favorite Royals played against a team of former MLB stars in the Hall of Fame Classic on Friday. As the photos show, they had a great time at the “New” K as they raised money for TeamSmile and Royals Charities.
Here’s what we noticed in a few of the pictures below: Dennis Leonard has maintained his imposing look on the mound…Willie Wilson still has that great jump out of the batter’s box…George Brett played defense as a righty and as a lefty…Frank White connected on a couple of great hits…and Brett’s signature follow through looks the same as it did throughout his career.
The 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech is this Saturday, July 4. The Royals are joining Major League Baseball in the fight against ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Each MLB team that is at home on July 4 will host a reading of Gehrig’s farewell speech and all players will wear a “4♦ALS” patch in support of the cause. Representatives from the ALS Association, ALS TDI, MDA’s Augie’s Quest and Project A.L.S. will be on hand at Kauffman Stadium.
Royals Hall of Famers George Brett, Dennis Leonard, Frank White and Willie Wilson are taking part in the special reading of Lou Gehrig’s speech. Dennis and Willie stopped by the office today to record their lines. Here are some exclusive pictures! Special thanks to Royals associates Ben Aken, Senior Director of Community Relations, and Chris DeRuyscher, Director of Event Presentation and Production, for their work on the video project.
To learn more about on the “4♦ALS” cause including opportunities to support the fight against ALS, please visit MLB.com.
Joakim Soria’s big day is Monday as he hits the quarter-century mark. He shares his day with baseball greats Brooks Robinson (72) and Reggie Jackson (63) and comic Tina Fey (39). The late Pope John Paul II was born on this day in 1920.
Two broadcasters round out our list. Bob Davis has a birthday on May 27 (as does Henry Kissinger, 86), while Fred White celebrates on May 29. Bob Hope was born on May 29, 1903 and John F. Kennedy was born on that day in 1917.
Championship rings were presented this morning to the 2008 Midwest League champion Burlington Bees. After a 30-39 start to the season, the Bees made a second half surge, going 43-26. Burlington went a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs to earn the league championship.
Here’s Royals Hall of Famers John Mayberry, Dennis Leonard, and Willie Wilson. They’ve been at camp this week working with the minor league squads. Special thanks go to Mayberry, Leonard, and Wilson for passing their knowledge on to the next generation of Royals!
Have you ever wanted to take swings against Dennis Leonard, field ground balls with Frank White, or run the bases with Willie Wilson? That’s what a group of 70 loyal Royals fans are doing this week at the 2009 Royals Alumni Fantasy Camp in Surprise, Arizona. The whole week is geared to make it just like life in the big leagues—lockers with nameplates, personalized jerseys, practice sessions, games, food, kangaroo court, and of course, the stories from the alumni.
The 2009 camp is wrapping up, but you can plan ahead for 2010. Look for details later this summer on royals.com.
Today, the campers battled the alumni for bragging rights. Here are a few pictures from sunny Surprise.