Results tagged ‘ Joakim Soria ’

May Birthdays: Happy Birthday George!


George_Brett_S_bf002.jpgMay 15 is George Brett’s 56th birthday!  George shares his day with future football Hall of Famer and noted ballroom dancer Emmitt Smith, who hits the big 4-0!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis_Leonard_S_0b002.jpgFellow Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard turned 58 on May 8.  Leo was born on the same day as Harry S. Truman (1884).

 

 

 

 

Royals slugger Jose Guillen will turn 33 on Sunday.  Also on that day, Dennis Hopper will be 73 while Bob Saget and Sugar Ray Leonard will be 53.  Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block turns 39.6-23 Guillen.JPG

7-15 Soria.jpgJoakim 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.  

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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.

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Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

Home Cooking

Manager Trey Hillman said he was very excited to come home after the recent road trip, and it wasn’t just because the team went winless in California.  “We’re excited about the community involvement here, we feed off it, it takes us to another level at times,” says Hillman.  He went on to say that there is a calm about being at home, the players feel it and it translates onto the field.  Hillman said usually less mental errors and mistakes are made when you feel more at ease with your surroundings.

Coco’s Experience

Invaluable was the word used by Trey to describe the impact Coco Crisp has on his team.  “His experience in Major League Baseball is vital, it balances out some of our players here and to a degree brings a sense of calmness to the club,” says Hillman.  “He’s a professional, who works hard, plays hard, and that is the kind of role model you want on your team, to inspire and to teach others.”

How is Soria?

Joakim Soria has yet to begin throwing, which means the team is unable to evaluate his progress or lack thereof.  Manager Hillman says there is no timetable as of yet and that the team is just trying to get Soria involved in extracurricular activities until he is capable of consistently rehabbing his current right shoulder injury.

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Reliever John Bale is consistently hitting 86-89 mph on back-to-back days, with continued improvement in velocity daily on his rehab assignment.  Doug Waechter had a setback in a rehab appearance as his oblique muscle is now giving Doug discomfort.  Hillman says he has nothing in store for the game tonight with regards to it being “ladies night”.  He said, “I guarantee no one paid to watch me manage tonight.”

All-Star balloting: Vote KC!


Soria All Star Ballot.jpgOn Wednesday night, the Walt Disney Pictures G-Force Major League Baseball All-Star Balloting Program launched inside Kauffman Stadium. To mark the occasion, 2008 American League All-Star Joakim Soria joined Jordan, a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City to launch the in-stadium voting. 


Vote Royals, and vote often!

 

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Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

On Jose Guillen, who hit two home runs on Monday

Guillen says his timing is there.  Hillman disagreed with him on his first game back, but believes he has his timing now.  He needs to just swing at good pitches

On Soria and Waechter injury updates

There is no time table on a return for Joakim Soria or Doug Waechter.  Waechter threw a bullpen session today without pain.

On Greinke, the SI cover, and media attention

Hillman noted that Zack is a special pitcher (and admitted that special is an understatement).

Zack does not get caught up in the hype of the SI cover, but Hillman believes it is great for Greinke and for Royals.

Hillman mentioned that Zack has a lot of personal strength and that his teammates and coaches love working with Zack.  He noted that pitching coach Bob McClure and catcher Miguel Olivo have been vital in Zack’s development.

Hillman is hopeful that the national attention of Zack on the Sports Illustrated cover will bring more people out to the game tomorrow night (Wednesday) when Greinke makes the start.  He also mentioned what the attention can do for the team.

“We have the desire…we can be the team we want to be for the Kansas City community and build our fan base outside of the Kansas City area as well.”

Trey Hillman's Pregame Dugout Interview

Soria shelved

Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria is going to be out a minimum of 3-5 days due to tightness in his right shoulder.  The good news is the MRI showed there is no structural damage.

I’m back

Kansas City Royals RF Jose Guillen is probable for tomorrow’s game against the Detroit Tigers.  His status has been upgraded due to his consistent effort with regards to weight training and the strengthening of his hip.  Hillman stated he would most likely like to see Guillen in right field, and is excited to find a spot in the line-up where his power can be utilized.  Guillen will continue to monitored and days off are not out of the question.  Guillen has been on the disabled list since April 10 with a partially torn right hip flexor.

Here I come, Orel

Manager Trey Hillman was bombarded with questions about the ever-consistent and amazingly steady Zack Greinke.  Many reporters were asking the Royals manager, “What do you expect from Zack, what can we expect.”  His response, “I won’t ask him to give me what we have been seeing, you can’t expect that from him, it’s not fair”.  The Skipper went on to say that to maintain and stay relatively consistent is of more importance.  One reporter asked, can you give me two words or less to describe Zack, he said, “fantastic”.   I think we all agree with that last statement.  To date, Zack Greinke has pitched 34.0 scoreless innings, 25 shy of the all-time major league record set in 1988 by Dodgers great Orel Hershiser.  Although to be fair, Hershiser did it all in one season.

FanFest Photos: Fan/Player Interaction

As we wrap up our FanFest photo coverage, we bring you photos of the players and Sluggerrr mingling with the people who make FanFest what it is…you, the fans!

Many fans smiled for the camera while sitting alongside their favorite Royals at the photo stage. Joakim and Kyle, say cheese! 

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The interactive displays were a hit with fans of all ages…current and former Royals were on hand with teaching tips for the next generation of ballplayers. John Buck advised fans on batting stances while Willie Wilson was a speed coach.

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After participating in the activities, some gave Sluggerrr ‘four’ while others grabbed a hot dog and headed for the stadium seats.

 

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Thumbnail image for D20_7472.jpgThe excitement of FanFest can be a bit taxing. Rest up Royals fans, full squad Spring Training workouts begin four weeks from tomorrow!

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FanFest Photos: Autographs

D20_7035.jpgThe autograph stages at FanFest are a hit with fans of all ages…hundreds lined up to get a signature from Royals heroes of the past (left), present (below left), and future (below right).

 

 

 

 

 

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Fans bring a variety of items through the autograph lines. We saw one woman with a bowling ball (try carrying that around FanFest for a few hours!)…Royals players have been signing the ball for the last five years! Some items are easy to sign, while David DeJesus found out that a little more precision was needed to inscribe this stuffed animal. 

 

 

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Here’s Joakim Soria penning his John Hancock on a green and white Royals Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day hat. Maybe this fan is hoping that Joakim’s signature will bring them a little luck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

D20_7932.jpgNew Royal Coco Crisp received loud cheers from the fans, who were more than happy to add Coco’s signature to their collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sometimes fans cherish the chance to welcome the newest players to Kansas City just as much as the signature.

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Caravan stops in Warrensburg, Jefferson City, and Columbia

On Wednesday, Joakim Soria and Billy Butler joined Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, broadcaster Denny Matthews, and your favorite mascot, Sluggerrr, on a caravan to Central Missouri. Tina Short of the Royals Radio Network snapped pictures along the way. Here’s a sampling:

The first stop was Martin-Warren Elementary in Warrensburg. The Royals will donate a pair of seats from Royals Central Caravan Warrensburg 2009 017.jpgKauffman Stadium to each school that is visited during the caravan. Each school will also receive two copies of “H is for Home Run”, a baseball-themed book that teaches the alphabet. The seats, after being autographed by the players/alums on the caravan, will be placed in the school’s library as a reading area for students.

Here, Martin-Warren principal Jim Helmig and Willie Wilson smile for the camera as they sit in the stadium seats.

Royals Central Caravan Warrensburg 2009 013.jpgSluggerrr was a popular photo-op in Warrensburg. Here he is with a few of his fans.

 

Royals Central Caravan Warrensburg 2009 018.jpgBilly Butler, the other slugger on the trip, reads “H is for Home Run” to the kids while the “Voice of the Royals” looks on.

 

Royals Central Caravan Jeff City Hy-Vee 2009 030.jpgStop number two was Hy-Vee in Jefferson City. Baseball loyalties in the state capital are split with Missouri’s NL team, but the Royals Caravan is always welcomed by a nice contingent of fans. The line stretched all the way to the back of the store when the caravan arrived.

 

Royals Central Caravan Columbia Hy-Vee 2009 039.jpgThe final stop of the day was Hy-Vee in Columbia. In the picture, Willie Wilson signs a 1980 World Series program for a fan. This begs the question…did this Royals fan buy the program on eBay or has he been waiting 28 years for this moment?

 

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Baseball Awards Dinner Returns

Another great event has been added to FanFest weekend…a baseball awards dinner. The January 16 event at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel will be the first awards dinner held by the Royals since 2001. Kansas City’s 2008 award winners, Pitcher of the Year Joakim Soria, Player of the Year Mike Aviles, and Special Achievement winner Zack Greinke will be honored.  Ten additional honors, listed below, will be presented.

Dan_Quisenberry_S_0b004.jpgDan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award recognizing an outstanding member of the community

Matt Minker Award – recognizing an outstanding minor league affiliate employee

Art Stewart Scout of the Year - recognizing an outstanding scout

Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development

Mike Sweeney Award - recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field

Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top base runner



White,Frank_defense5.jpgFrank White Defensive Player of the Year
- recognizing the organization’s top defensive player

Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top pitcher

George Brett Hitter of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top hitter

Ewing Kauffman Mr. Baseball Award – recognizing an overall contribution to baseball in the Kansas City area

Frank White, Willie Wilson, and Mike Sweeney will all be on hand to present awards. Ticket information for the awards dinner will be announced at a later date, as will the award winners. Check back for more details!

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Sound bites from Joakim and Zack

 

9-18 Soria.jpgThis afternoon the media had the chance to hear from Joakim Soria, the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, and Zack Greinke, the Joe Burke Special Achievement winner.

Soria hopes that the team can start 2009 with the same level of play that they had in September of 2008. As for topping his own season, he just wants to keep working hard and help the Royals win games.

The All-Star Game was one of his biggest moments, as he felt pressure to help the A.L. continue its All-Star dominance. He says does get a bit of an adrenaline rush when he reaches the mound but he tries not to think too much. Fans of his are amazed he feels pressure.  He always seems like “Captain Cool” to us.

Joakim is resting his arm this offseason, with no plans to play winter ball as in year’s past. He and his wife, Karla, have enjoyed some time in Cancun.

8-27 Greinke.jpgWhen asked about Soria, Zack said that Joakim was by far the team’s most valuable pitcher and that Soria won 6 or 7 extra games for them this season.

Zack was his usual modest self about his performance, saying that he did ‘ok’. Greinke was pleased that he stayed healthy and kept the team in games. He acknowledged some rough patches and feels he can do better in 2009 and beyond.

Greinke returned to the rotation in 2008 after spending most of 2007 in the bullpen. He believes that the opportunity to start and relieve has helped make him a better pitcher as he was able to throw at top velocities as a reliever, building up his arm strength.

 

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