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Cast your vote! Royals open 2013 Hall of Fame balloting

Jermaine Dye is one of four players on the Royals Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

Jermaine Dye is one of four players on the Royals Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

The Kansas City Royals have announced that 2013 Royals Hall of Fame voting begins today. The on-line portion of this year’s vote will remain open to fans through Friday, March 29 at noon at

The Royals Hall of Fame voting process was updated in 2011 into two phases. The Regular Phase takes place in odd-numbered years and focuses on former players. The Veterans Committee phase takes place in even-numbered and considers both non-field personnel and players who have previously received Royals Hall of Fame (Regular Phase) votes, but are no longer eligible for election in that manner. To be eligible for the first time, players must have been active with the Royals for at least three (3) seasons and accumulated a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances or 150 innings pitched. Candidates shall have ceased to be an active on-field member of the Royals (or for any other Major League organization) in the role for which they are being considered for at least three (3) calendar years preceding the election. The 2013 vote includes four first-time eligible players and six names that return after receiving at least 10 percent of the vote in 2011.

The eligible players on the 2013 Royals Hall of Fame ballot are (in alphabetical order): Emil Brown, OF (2005-2007); Al Cowens, OF (1974-1979); Jermaine Dye, OF (1997-2001); Al Fitzmorris, RHP (1969-1976); Jimmy Gobble, LHP (2003-2008); Runelvys Hernandez, RHP (2002-2006); Bo Jackson, OF (1986-1990); Darrell Porter, C (1977-1980); Kevin Seitzer, 3B (1986-1991); and John Wathan, C/OF/1B (1976-1985).

Fans will be joined by other voters, including all living members of the Royals Hall of Fame and select members of the Royals Board of Directors, Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Kansas City electronic media representatives and Royals front office staff, in selecting any Royals Hall of Fame inductees. The online fan ballot will account for three of forty overall votes with all three assigned to the highest vote getter, two votes for second highest vote getter, and one vote for the third highest vote getter. Any candidate receiving 75 percent of the vote will be elected and scheduled for induction during the 2013 season. Candidates must receive a minimum of ten percent of the ballots cast to remain eligible for inclusion on the ballot for the next Royals Hall of Fame (Regular Phase) voting cycle.

The Royals Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to celebrate the accomplishments of those players, coaches and other personnel who have made exceptional contributions to Kansas City Royals Baseball.

The first inductees were outfielder Amos Otis and pitcher Steve Busby. They have been joined by pitcher Paul Splittorff, second baseman Cookie Rojas, Manager Dick Howser, pitcher Dennis Leonard, designated hitter Hal McRae, shortstop Fred Patek, Club President Joe Burke, pitcher Larry Gura, Royals founders Ewing and Muriel Kauffman, third baseman George Brett, second baseman Frank White, first baseman John Mayberry, pitcher Dan Quisenberry, Manager Whitey Herzog, center fielder Willie Wilson, pitcher Jeff Montgomery, broadcaster Denny Matthews, pitcher Bret Saberhagen, pitcher Mark Gubicza, scout Art Stewart, pitcher Kevin Appier and Groundskeeper George Toma.

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Sunday lineup; Gobble signs with Rangers

Kansas City pounded out 22 hits on Saturday in a 13-6 win over Arizona. Eight players had multiple hits.  The Royals have now scored 56 runs in their last six contests.

ATH would like to send out best wishes to Jimmy Gobble. The long-time Royal was waived by the club on Wednesday. Jimmy quickly landed with the Texas Rangers and will try to earn a bullpen spot on the other side of the Surprise Stadium complex.

Here’s your Sunday lineup:

Coco Crisp – CF
Alberto Callaspo – 3B
Mike Aviles – SS               
Jose Guillen – RF
Mike Jacobs – 1B
Ryan Shealy – DH
Miguel Olivo – C
Ross Gload – LF
Willie Bloomquist – 2B
Horacio Ramirez – LHP

Other pitchers scheduled:
Robinson Tejeda – RHP
Lenny DiNardo – LHP
Doug Waechter – RHP


Buck, Gobble, Peralta under contract for 2009

D2X_7317.jpgLast night, the Royals inked left-hander Jimmy Gobble to a one-year contract, thereby avoiding arbitration. Today, catcher John Buck and right-handed reliever Joel Peralta (at left) reached terms with the club on one-year deals. Four arbitration eligible players remain unsigned: Brian Bannister, Zack Greinke, Mike Jacobs, and Mark Teahen. Teams and players are exchanging salary figures today. Arbitration hearings, if necessary, will start Feb. 1.


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Two Homestands Left

9-2 Shealy.jpgSince it’s so late, just a couple quick notes. Let’s go Around the Horn…

Four new Royals will be in uniform today as the September call-ups. Along with the four call-ups, are a flurry of other moves. Lefties John Bale, Jimmy Gobble and Ron Mahay have all been activated from the Disabled List and in one fell swoop, the Royals bullpen jumped from none to three Southpaws.

Among the call-ups are two newbies (technically three since Yasuhiko Yabuta is still a rookie) and two players who’ve seen some service time. Ryan Shealy played parts of the last two seasons and will rejoin the Major League club. He’s slotted at first tonight, though rain is falling at Kauffman Stadium right now. Yabuta will also make his return, moving back into the bullpen.

9-2 Kila.jpgThe newcomers are Devon Lowery and Kila Ka’aihue. Both have been featured in Gameday magazine this season and both will be putting on their first big league uniform for tonight’s game.

To make all of this work, the Royals Baseball Operations made a flurry of other moves as well to open up roster spots for three players who weren’t on the 40-man roster. Angel Sanchez, Carlos Rosa and Shane Costa were all recalled and placed on the 60-day DL. Each had been on the Minor League DL before the Triple-A Omaha season. Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek was also moved to the 60-day, ending speculation that he might return from his ankle injury.

Congratulations to Mark Teahen. He’s the Roberto Clemente Award winner for the Royals. The Clemente Award is given to the player on each team who both sports the on-field skills to be a valuable member of his team but is also devoted to helping their community.

9-2 Teahen.jpgTeahen has played four positions for the Royals this year and over the weekend, banged homers in back-to-back games, giving him 12 on the year. He also became the first Royal since Brian McRae did it in 1992 to hit two inside-the-park home runs in a single season.

He’s delivered off the field just as well. Earlier this year his fashion show raised $75,000 for the Kansas City area Challenger Division of Little League Baseball. The Challenger program helps children with disabilities to play baseball, using able-bodied buddies and specially-designed fields.

The award comes at a great time for Teahen who has his next Challenger event set in stone at Cold Stone Creamery on the Country Club Plaza. Teahen will be there from 6-7 on Sunday, Sept. 7. During the hour Teahen is there, fans are asked to donate to Challenger instead of regular payment. 100 percent of the money collected during the hour will go to the program.

Former Royals broadcaster Buddy Blattner is up for the 2009 Ford C. Frick Award (vote here), the same award Denny Mathews won in 2007 and Mariners’ broadcaster Dave Niehaus won in 2008. Around the Horn interviewed Mathews and Niehaus earlier this season about the Cooperstown experience…Mike Aviles chatted with fans earlier today. He still leads rookies in batting average, sitting at .330…You can still get a great deal on gas and Royals tickets. Interested? Check it out…You can also be a hot dog (check here). 

9-2 Ballpark.jpgThird
The next homestand will feature a very special opportunity. A deal this good hasn’t been around since 1973. You can get a seat at the K for $3. Yep, three bucks.

It’s called retro-pricing and it’s a tribute to the old stadium as the Royals prepare for the Grand Re-Opening next season.

So from September 15-18 (the Mariners’series), you can get an upper deck seat for 1973 prices. In addition, general admission parking for the four games is just $5, courtesy of The Parking Spot.

Tonight’s lineup:
DeJesus CF
Aviles SS
Guillen RF
Butler DH
Shealy 1B
Olivo C
Teahen 3B
Callaspo 2B
Gathright CF

Greinke P

Today’s Official Game Notes.

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The beauty of baseball

7-22 Daives.jpgIt’s hard to stomach a loss like last night, but a long used baseball saying serves as the perfect remedy. It’s just one loss. That’s right, that’s the beauty of baseball. We play again tonight..

The season is 162 games in 180 days. We may be down in the dumps after a tough loss, but you’ve never got long until the slate is wiped clean and a new game begins. Let’s forget last night and go Around the Horn…

7-22 Girls.gifFirst
One thing that can always distract Around the Horn’s mind is free stuff. And this week is packed with that. There are still six games left in this homestand and each one has some sort of promotion. In fact only seven of the remaining 34 home games don’t have a promotion.

Two huge events are planned for this weekend. Girls Night Out was a huge event last season. Tickets were scarce, martinis were plentiful and blue turned to pink for a night. That’s going to happen all over again in two days. Emerson Drive will play immediately after the Saturday game. If you’ll recall, Emerson Drive sang the National Anthem 7-22 Emerson.jpgon Opening Day and they are excited to be back in Kansas City and playing to a stadium full of fans. We are excited to have them back.

Tickets are still available for both events.

Also this week: Tomorrow is a special day-game version of College Night and Friday is a double play with Buck Night and Fireworks. Dan Quisenberry Bobbleheads accompany the Emerson Drive concert on Saturday and Sunday is an autograph afternoon. 

Of course, the can’t miss promotion for this week is tonight. Powder blue T-shirts with Frank White’s name and number will be given to the first 20,000 fans. This is your chance to show your Kansas City pride by sporting the baby blue with Frank’s name on the back.

7-22 White.jpgWhite’s story is becoming a bit of a legend in Kansas City and he deserves it. He rose from  Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit to the Royals Baseball Academy to a Major League Star who had his number retired in 1995.

The K.C. kid was known for the spectacular defense he displayed on the Kauffman carpet. White won eight Gold Gloves (should have been at least nine), was named to five All-Star teams, chalked up one ALCS MVP and a Silver Slugger award.

White managed several of today’s current team including Billy Butler and Alex Gordon while they played at Double-A Wichita (now Northwest Arkansas). And now the Royals Hall of Famer works on FSN Kansas City broadcasts, serving as a part-time game analyst and appearing on Royals Live.

FSN-KC produced a 30-minute feature on White which aired for the first time on the 4th of July. It has two more air dates:

Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m.
Monday, July 28 at 8 p.m.

Jimmy Gobble has been placed on the disabled list with a stiff lower back which has apparently been nagging him for sometime. Joel Peralta has been recalled to the Major League Club…Mike Aviles is continuing to bash the ball and leads all rookies with a .323 batting average…Tony Pena last night was the first Royals position player to pitch since Shane Halter on July 17, 1998 at Seattle. Pena pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out future Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez…Notes from Trey Hillman’s pre-game press conference: Gobble will not undergo a full rehabilitation, and instead will report to Omaha to rest and begin throwing from a flat surface in a few days…Also from Hillman: He was glad to see his team did not give away outs and came back to score four runs at the end last night.

The Royals will be getting some national TV exposure next homestand. The FOX network will broadcast the game on Aug. 2, which will cancel one of the previously scheduled FSN-KC broadcasts, which will be made up on September 18 against the Mariners. The Aug. 2 is a 2:55 start on Aug. 2 which is a change from the original start of 6:10. A 1:10 start has always been slated for Sept. 18.

One more reminder about a MLB scheduling oddity, tomorrow is a rare Wednesday day-game with a 1:10 start, to allow for the Tigers to head out of town a little earlier on getaway day.

Extra Innnings
The Royals are working on a number of things for Military Appreciation Day, which is August 2. Around the Horn would like to request some help from our faithful here at If you have pictures of loved ones overseas wearing Royals gear, you can send them to and we might be able to use them for a presentation during that day’s events. If not, Around the Horn is also working on a special post for that day and may post some of these photos right here. Please include the name of the person, hometown, where they are stationed and what branch they are in.

Thanks for your help.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

DeJesus LF
Aviles SS
Grudzielanek 2B
Guillen RF
Butler DH
German 3B
Buck C
Gload 1B
Gathright CF

Davies P

Today’s Official Game Notes.

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