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Rawlings Sporting Goods Company announced finalists for the 2012 Gold Glove Awards today. First baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, left fielder Alex Gordon and right fielder Jeff Francoeur are among the three American League nominees at their respective positions!
The Royals have had 19 Gold Glove winners over the years, with Gordon winning last year in left field. Francoeur won a Gold Glove in 2007 while playing for Atlanta.
Hosmer was a part of 132 double plays, most in the American League. His 103 assists were the most by a KC first baseman since 2002.
Moustakas (above) was second among A.L. third basemen in fielding percentage, first in assists, total chances and zone rating. He led all Major League third basemen with 41 double plays. The mark set a new Royals single-season record, breaking Mark Teahen’s total of 34 in 2006.
Francoeur led the Majors with 19 outfield assists, tying his career high from 2007. This was his eighth straight season with double-digit assists.
Gordon finished second to Francoeur with 17 outfield assists.
The award winners will be announced Tuesday night at 8:30 Central on ESPN2.
A complete list of finalists can be viewed at: http://www.rawlings.com/newsdetaillanding.aspx?id=1332
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBS-KC) as a new celebrity ambassador for the organization. Hosmer will become an official celebrity spokesperson for BBBS-KC, will participate in a signature fundraising event and will lead a large scale male recruitment campaign focused on recruiting Bigs for over 300 waiting children. Additionally, he will provide BBBS-KC Bigs and Littles game tickets and meet and greet opportunities. Hosmer will kick off his involvement at BBBS-KC’s Man-2-Man event in April.
“Growing up in Florida I had the good fortune of having an older brother who showed me the ropes,” said Hosmer. “Now that I’m older and in a position to help, I’m excited to be someone that the kids in the Kansas City area can look up to and it’s an honor for me to support such an outstanding organization.”
“Having Eric’s support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program is a huge honor,” said CEO of BBBS-KC Micheal Lawrence. “Eric’s commitment to helping at-risk children succeed through mentoring friendships is a true testament to his character. Not only is Eric a talented athlete but he is an extraordinary person who is passionate about changing children’s lives. We are excited to have him on board”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps vulnerable children beat the odds. The organization depends on donations to help recruit volunteers and reach more children. Funding is used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety; and provide ongoingsupport for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. Learn how you can change how children grow up in America by going to BigBrothersBigSisterskc.org.
Royals Caravan launched yesterday with an awards luncheon and last night, fans flocked to Rally House in Independence for an autograph session. We had a great turnout – the line stretched out the door (and it was a chilly night in the Midwest). Lorenzo Cain, Johnny Giavotella and Eric Hosmer led off, followed by Bruce Chen, Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier. Let’s take a look:
Today, the Royals recognized honorees for exceptional contributions on and off the field in 2011. We’ll start with photos of the media session, which took place before the event.
Top to bottom: General Manager Dayton Moore, Manager Ned Yost, 2011 Les Milgram Player of the Year Alex Gordon, 2011 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year Bruce Chen and 2011 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner Eric Hosmer
Eric Hosmer entered his first Major League spring training last February as a non-roster invitee. There were varying expectations from baseball types and media members. Some pointed to a breakout 2010 season that included Hosmer’s participation in the XM Futures All-Star Game, the Pan Am Qualifying Tournament for Team USA and the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game. Baseball America listed Hosmer as the top prospect in a KC farm system that was ranked first among all 30 across baseball. Others pointed out that Hosmer had played just 50 games above Class-A prior to 2011 and was a year removed from batting a combined .241. The result was a season that beat all expectations, even those of Hosmer.
The first baseman’s goal at the beginning of 2011 was to get a shot at the Major League level at some point. The shot came sooner rather than later as Hosmer batted a sizzling .439 in 26 games for Triple-A Omaha. His fast start resulted in a call to KC, where he made a much-anticipated debut on May 6. Hosmer compiled a .293 average with 19 home runs and 78 RBI in 128 games while making spectacular plays at first base. The performance earned him the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award from members of the Kansas City Baseball Writers Association of America and placed him firmly in the discussion for A.L. Rookie of the Year.
Hosmer has now had a month to reflect on the quick start to his Major League career. He watched the World Series with a different perspective this year as he now knew many of the umpires and players involved. He pointed out today on a conference call with the media that many of his teammates also exceeded personal expectations in 2011. Several top KC prospects were expected to play at Triple-A this year and fight for a Major League job out of spring training in 2012. Instead, those prospects made the Majors in 2011 and became familiar with the opponents and the surroundings.
Chances are that the Joe Burke Award is the first of many individual honors at the Major League level for the just-turned 22-year old (birthday was on October 24). However, his goals are all team-oriented. He wants to reach the playoffs and win as many championships as possible. He mentioned how fans around the city would stop him and say how excited they were about the Royals. Hopefully that excitement is the tip of the iceberg, just as 2011 was for Hosmer’s career.
The Rangers edged K.C., 12-11 in the spring’s second exhibition contest on Monday. Prospects Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer both homered for the Royals. Moustakas hit a 3-run shot to straight away center in the seventh. He high-fived Hosmer, who scored on the home run. Hosmer led off the ninth with a tape-measure blast to right. Let’s take a look:
The Royals played another intrasquad scrimmage today as they prepare to face Texas on Sunday at 2:05 Central. That contest can be heard on 610 Sports. We also want to remind you that single-game tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 AM via royals.com, 1-800-6ROYALS, at the Kauffman Stadium box office and at local Hy-Vee stores. Opening Day tickets will not be available at Hy-Vee.
In today’s pictures, Eric Hosmer hustled home with an effort that received praise on Twitter from ESPN baseball writer Jerry Crasnick, who was in attendance.
21 top Kansas City prospects are in town this week for a career development program, which includes community outreach activities. Prospects Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer had a great time reading to kids at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City this morning. Click the link below to take a look at the video!
Hardware was handed out on Saturday afternoon at the Royals Awards show, which honored Billy Butler, Bruce Chen, Joakim Soria and all of the organizational award winners. Let’s take a look!
Chen, the Joe Burke Special Achievement winner, and Soria, the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, congratulated one another after the event. Both players were very proud and appreciative of the awards. Bruce, who worked his way back from “Tommy John” surgery in 2007, wanted to make sure that his award arrived to his Arizona home without a scratch – so he bought a seat on the plane for it!
Billy Butler received his second Les Milgram Player of the Year honor on the same day that would see him ink a long-term contract with the Royals.
Mike Moustakas was all smiles as he received the George Brett Hitter of the Year honor from the Hall of Fame third baseman.
John Lamb earned the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year award. John, who turns 21 in July, will be the youngest player in Kansas City’s Major League camp at spring training.
Eric Hosmer won the Carolina League batting title and slugged key playoff home runs in the Texas League playoffs in 2010. On Saturday, he was recognized for the other part of his game with the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year award.
Derrick Robinson took his game to another level in 2010, setting a career high in batting average. Robinson, who led the Texas League with 50 stolen bases, earned the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year award for the second time. Wilson pointed out that Robinson is outstanding at both baserunning and base stealing.
Former Missouri State pitcher Buddy Baumann received the Mike Sweeney Award from the five-time All-Star. The award goes to the minor league player who best represents the organization off of the field. Baumann participated in a variety of community events while with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2010.