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All-Stars honored with Majestic All-Star Game Send-off

Royals vs Detroit_9494Outfielder Alex Gordon, pitcher Greg Holland and catcher Salvador Perez were presented with their personalized Majestic All-Star jerseys prior to Friday’s game.  Todd Bradney, National Sales Manager for Majestic Athletics, was on hand to present the jerseys, along with Royals General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost.  The selections of Gordon, Holland and Perez mark the first time that the Royals have had as many as three All-Star representatives in consecutive years since 1987-88.

Royals All-Stars meet with the KC media

All Star Presser 2The Royals will be represented at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis next week by the same three players as last year in New York: Greg Holland, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez. The trio took part in a press conference earlier today with local media. Unfortunately due to a wrist injury left fielder Alex Gordon will miss the mid-summer classic at Target Field, though he will still travel to Minnesota to take part in the festivities and be with his teammates.

It will be hard for anything to top last year’s game for Perez, who caught Mariano Rivera’s final All-Star inning in the eighth, a moment Salvy described as something he will never forget. Holland on the other hand took a totally different story back from Citi Field. When the call from the American League dugout came that the Royals closer should begin to warm up, all Greg could think about was not blowing the lead for Rivera’s moment. As he approached the gate to the field those thoughts continued and as he emerged through the open gate, Holland gazed upon an open field. Not a single one of his A.L. teammates took the diamond for the bottom of the seventh inning. His first thought was that he accidentally trotted out for the National League but it wasn’t until he arrived at the mound did he realize that he was staring Marc Anthony, a famous recording artist, in the face as Anthony was set to sing God Bless America. Holland made a cool move towards his team’s dugout until the signing began, leaving Greg on the warning track in front of the dugout. Holly was sure he’d catch some flak from other players for the incident but he never has.

All Star Presser 3The three Royals echoed each other in saying it is rewarding to be recognized back-to-back seasons for the work they do to stay fresh and focused throughout the season. Holland and Gordon specifically indicated the other’s rigorous routine day in and day out and that it’s nice to see that work consistently pay off in the form of back-to-back All-Star selections.

By Nate Rowan

Gordon, Holland, Perez are repeat All-Stars; Perez to start

For the second-straight season, three Kansas City Royals – catcher Salvador Perez, outfielder Alex Gordon and relief pitcher Greg Holland – will represent the club at the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced this evening.  All three players will be making their second consecutive appearances at the Mid-Summer Classic, with the trio being voted onto the American League squad by their peers.  It was also announced that Perez will start the game due to injury to Baltimore’s Matt Wieters, who received the most votes among A.L. catchers.  This marks the first time since the 1987 and 1988 seasons that the Royals have had three players named to the All-Star team in consecutive seasons.
Perez, 24, becomes the first Royals position player to start an All-Star Game since Jermaine Dye in 2000, while he’s the first KC catcher to be named to back-to-back games since Darrell Porter did it in 1979-80.  Salvy is hitting .285 this season with 17 doubles, 10 homers and 29 RBI.  He entered play today ranked sixth in the A.L., hitting .317 (72-for-227) against right-handed pitching and also led the league’s backstops in hits (85), doubles (17), slugging (.449) and multi-hit games (22).  Perez singled and scored a run in last season’s Mid-Summer Classic, catching the final three innings.

Gordon, 30, makes his second-straight All-Star team, becoming the first Royals outfielder to make consecutive appearances since Willie Wilson played in the 1982-83 contests.  He’s batting .263 with 23 doubles, 9 homers and 42 RBI.  He hit .319 (22-for-69) over the first 19 games in the month of June and entered the day tied for seventh in the league with 23 doubles.  Gordon has recorded six outfield assists this season, which ranked seventh in the A.L., entering today, while his 60 assists 2011 are the most in the Majors.  He also played the final three innings in left field in last year’s tilt, going 0-for-1.

Holland, 28, will make his second-straight All-Star appearance, being voted on for the first time.  He’s the first Royals’ hurler to make back-to-back teams since Jeff Montgomery did it in 1992-93.  Greg is 1-2 on the season with 23 saves, a 1.93 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.  His 23 saves ranked second in the league entering play today, while his 13.78 strikeouts per nine innings ranked sixth among A.L. relievers.  Holland has converted 70 of 74 save opportunities since the start of 2013, with his total leading the league. He faced two hitters in last season’s game, getting a ground out and allowing a single.

The 85th All-Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. CT at Target Field in Minneapolis.  The contest will be televised nationally on FOX and also broadcast on ESPN Radio.

Saturday photos: Bullpen starring in winning streak

The Royals have won five in a row and the bullpen has produced 14.0 scoreless innings over the stretch.  Let’s take a look at the three relievers who worked on Saturday:

Danny Duffy had two scoreless innings in the 5-4 win.  He has posted 6.1 innings of shutout baseball with KC, with nine strikeouts.

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Wade Davis followed with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth.  Wade is averaging 14.46 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, first in the A.L. among pitchers with at least 9.0 innings.

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Greg Holland closed the win, striking out two for his sixth save.  He leads the A.L. in saves and is tied for the Major League lead entering Sunday.

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Royals, Holland agree to terms on a contract for 2014

 The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-handed pitcher Greg Holland for the 2014 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. 

Holland, 28, enjoyed one of the best seasons ever by a Royals relief pitcher, going 2-1 with a club record 47 saves in 2013, while recording a 1.21 ERA. The right-handed hurler was selected to the American League All-Star team and was also named the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year by the Kansas City Chapter of the BBWAA. He also struck out 103 batters, tying a Royals relief record.

The Royals have now signed all arbitration-eligible players for 2014.

Greg Holland conference call notes

Greg Holland had an incredible 2013 season as he won a second straight Bruce Rice Royals Pitcher of the Year award.  He reflected on the season in a conference call on Monday and was asked about making adjustments in order to continue his success.  Holland says that the best hitters know what a pitcher likes to do and that you cannot get into patterns.  He talks to Billy Butler regularly to get a feel for what hitters are looking for.  Holland also feels that he must continually get better at his strengths.

Greg’s only struggles in 2013 came early in the season.  He made adjustments after the opening road trip by consulting with pitching coach Dave Eiland. Holland worked on getting back to his strengths from 2012.

Greg’s favorite outing was the September 14 contest in Detroit when Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez combined on a game-ending play at the plate.  Holland said that KC’s strong defense gave him the ability to attack hitters more.  He believes the Royals could have more than three Gold Glove winners in the future.

Holland is spending the offseason at home in North Carolina.  The self-described “old country guy” enjoys time outside, including cook outs, sitting by the fire and hunting.

Greg Holland named 2013 Bruce Rice Royals Pitcher of the Year

Greg Holland_2337The Kansas City Royals have announced that right-handed reliever Greg Holland has been named the 2013 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

Holland, who will turn 28 on November 20, earned his second consecutive Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year award after a record-setting season. The North Carolina native set a franchise mark with 47 saves, topping the previous best of 45 by Dan Quisenberry (1983) and Jeff Montgomery (1993). Holland made his first All-Star team while finishing third in the Majors in saves. He led MLB with 40 saves from May 30 to the end of the season and converted 31 opportunities in a row from May 30 to September 3. His 1.21 ERA set a club record for a reliever, besting Montgomery’s 1.37 mark in 1989. Holland’s 103 strikeouts matched a 42-year old club record for a reliever while his 13.84 strikeouts per 9.0 innings topped his own franchise best from 2012. Holland was named MLB Delivery Man of the Month for July and September along with Royals Pitcher of the Month in May, June and July.
On October 31, the Royals announced that right-handed pitcher James Shields won the 2013 Joe Burke Special Achievement award. Tomorrow, the club will announce the 2013 Les Milgram Player of the Year at noon CT.

Greg Holland wins his second MLB Delivery Man of the Month Award

Greg Holland_2337Royals closer Greg Holland has been named the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month for September.

Greg led the Majors with 11 saves, which also set a franchise record for September.  Holland, who won in July, is the first player to win the award multiple times in a season.  He capped the month by breaking the Royals single-season save record, setting the new mark of 47.  Holland also tied KC’s single-season strikeout record for a reliever at 103.

Congrats to Greg!

 

Greg Holland named MLB Delivery Man of the Month for July

Greg Holland_2337Royals closer Greg Holland, who led the Majors with 11 saves during July, has been selected as the winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for July, marking the first career monthly honor for the right-hander. Holland becomes the second Royals pitcher to win the award (third time), joining Joakim Soria, who received the award in September 2008 and September 2009. This Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.

Holland converted each of his 11 save opportunities during the month while appearing in 11 games and tossing 11.0 innings. The Marion, North Carolina native posted a 0.82 ERA, permitting one run on nine hits with one walk and 15 strikeouts while holding opposing batters to a .209 batting average. The 10th round pick in the 2007 Draft recorded saves on back-to-back days against the Cleveland Indians on July 3rd and July 4th, allowing a hit with three strikeouts over the 2.0 innings pitched. The 27-year-old also posted saves on consecutive days on July 8th-9th at the New York Yankees; on July 19th-20th against the Detroit Tigers; and on July 27th-28th at the Chicago White Sox. Overall, the 2013 A.L. All-Star has now converted 22 consecutive save opportunities entering play today which ranks third in Royals history, trailing Soria (36 straight in 2010) and Jeff Montgomery (24 consecutive in 1993). For the season, the Western Carolina University product is 2-1 with 29 saves and a 1.67 ERA. In 43.0 innings pitched, he has surrendered 10 runs (eight earned) on 28 hits with 12 walks and 68 strikeouts. Holland needs one more save this season to become the fourth different Royals pitcher with at least 30 saves in a season. He would join Montgomery and Dan Quisenberry, who each accomplished the feat five times, and Soria, who reached the 30-save plateau on three occasions. With 49 career saves, Greg is tied with Steve Farr for seventh on Kansas City’s all-time saves list, one behind Mike MacDougal (50) for sixth. Holland’s 14.36 strikeouts per 9.0 innings trail only Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman (15.16) among Major League pitchers with at least 40.0 innings. In 2012, Holland set a Royals record with 12.22 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (minimum 60.0 innings).

Other relievers receiving votes included Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel (0-1, 0.90 ERA, 8 SV, 10.0 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 13 SO); Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour (0-1, 1.64 ERA, 9 SV, 11.0 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 15 SO); and Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (2-0, 1.35 ERA, 7 SV, 13.1 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 15 SO).

Greg Holland added to American League All-Star team

Greg Holland_2337Major League Baseball announced today that Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland has been named a replacement on the American League All-Star team, taking the spot of Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma, who started today for the Mariners and will be unable to pitch on Tuesday night. Holland will join teammates Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez, who were named to the 84th Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in New York last week. All three are making their first career trip to the All-Star Game.

This marks the first time since the 1988 All-Star Game in Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium that the Royals have had three players selected, when George Brett made his 13th and final All-Star appearance, going as a first baseman, and was joined by infielder Kurt Stillwell and pitcher Mark Gubicza. This is the 11th time the club has had at least three players named to the American League squad.
Holland, 27, has served as the Royals’ closer since the second half of last season after Jonathan Broxton was dealt to the Reds at the trade deadline. Greg has made good on 38 of 42 save opportunities since taking over the roll full-time, including a current run of 15 in a row dating back to May 30. Since that date, Holland has posted a 0.95 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 19.0 innings, while recording 34 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .111 average (7-for-63). He entered today leading the Majors in strikeouts per batter faced (.444) and strikeouts per 9-inning ratio at 15.43.

Congratulations to Greg!

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