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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City names Eric Hosmer as new spokesperson

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.

 

Photos: Royals sign at Rally House in Independence

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:

Royals Awards Luncheon Photos (2 of 2)

Below – Eric Hosmer, the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner

Johnny Giavotella and George Brett – Giavotella won the George Brett Hitter of the Year honor
Lorenzo Cain, recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year award

 

 
 

Photos: Royals Awards Luncheon media session

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

Hosmer excited about future in KC

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.

Monday photos: Moustakas, Hosmer homer

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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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday photos

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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.

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Young lefty Will Smith tossed a perfect inning…and Alex Gordon hit a 2-run home run as the game finished in a 4-4 tie.gordon_6278.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video: Moustakas, Perez and Hosmer enjoy reading time at Operation Breakthrough

MoustakasPerezHosmer.JPG21 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!

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Photos: Royals Awards show

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!

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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!

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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.

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Mike Moustakas was all smiles as he received the George Brett Hitter of the Year honor from the Hall of Fame third baseman.


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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

 

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