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John Gibbons Media Session: August 4

Coming back home

Bench coach John Gibbons was asked to update the media on the how his manager and friend Trey Hillman is doing, and when we can expect him back.  “He is doing just fine, we are all behind him and look forward to him coming back tomorrow at some point.  I will be managing the game tonight against the Mariners,” Gibbons said.  The KC skipper had to unexpectedly fly home to Texas on Sunday after the game, for what has only been described as “an emergency back home”.  We hope all is well and send our best wishes to Trey and the entire Hillman family.

Meche in Memphis

Royals pitcher Gil Meche made a rehab start for Triple-A affiliate Omaha yesterday. Meche took the loss (0-1) in Memphis’ 5-2  win over the Royals, with what was reported as an up and down performance.  His numbers for the game:(3.2 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR). Meche was back in KC and with the club today prior to batting practice.

June Birthdays

Gibbons_3653.jpgRoyals bench coach John Gibbons celebrated his 47th birthday on June 8.  Fellow Texan and former First Lady Barbara Bush turned 84 on June 8.  Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Ol’ Blue Eyes and the voice behind “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” celebrated her 69th birthday.


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Royals Radio Network engineer Don Free will celebrate his birthday in multiple states on Thursday.  His birthday starts in Texas as the Royals play an afternoon game in Houston.  The Royals will fly to Pittsburgh Thursday evening to begin a series on Friday.  Jimmie Walker, who played J.J. on “Good Times,” will turn 62.  As J.J would say, that’s Dy-no-mite!


Hernandez_Luis_5695.jpgShortstop Luis Hernandez will be 25 on June 26.  He shares his day with another shortstop, Derek Jeter, who turns 35.  Sports legend Babe Didrikson Zaharias was born on this date in 1914.


2008_st_mahay1_7098.jpgVeteran reliever Ron Mahay turns 38 on June 28.  NFL Hall of Famer and 1979 Royals draft pick John Elway will be 49.


9-26 Maier.jpgMitch Maier rounds out the month with his 27th birthday on June 30.  Fellow birthdays include Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps (24) and former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson (43).

Gibbons and McClure on Hot Stove Show

Tune in to the Hot Stove Show on 610 Sports, tonight from 6 to 7 p.m., Central time. Royals bench coach John Gibbons and pitching coach Bob McClure are the guests. They will discuss the upcoming season with hosts Denny Matthews and Bob Davis. Ryan Lefebvre gets a well deserved night off on his birthday. Happy birthday Ryno!

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The Hillman-Gibbons connection and the return of Kevin Seitzer

The game of baseball revolves around relationships. Today, the Royals completed their 2009 coaching staff by adding John Gibbons as bench coach and Kevin Seitzer as hitting coach. The men have taken different journeys to today’s announcement, but both additions can be tracked to relationships that started years ago.

 John Gibbons

Gibbons.jpgGibbons and Trey Hillman have managed against one another at every level from Class-A to the Major Leagues. Gibbons started his coaching career as a minor league roving instructor with the Mets from 1991 to 1993. As he moved up in the Mets system, he squared off with Hillman, then a manager in the Yankees farm system. In 1996, Hillman was the Florida State League Manager of the Year. His Tampa Yankees finished first in the regular season with a 84-50 mark. Gibbons’ club, the St. Lucie Mets, went 71-62 and won the Florida State League Championship with playoff wins over Clearwater and Vero Beach.

In 1998, Gibbons and Hillman were reunited in the Eastern League. Hillman was in his second season with the Norwich Navigators while Gibbons managed the Binghamton Mets. Both were promoted to the Triple-A level for the 1999 season. Over the next three seasons, Hillman skippered the Columbus Clippers while Gibbons led the Norfolk Tides.

Managing eventually took the pair out of the country. For Gibbons, that was just across the border in Toronto, where he led the Blue Jays from 2004 to 2008. Hillman’s odyssey continued in Japan, as he skippered the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters from 2003 to 2007. Gibbons and Hillman squared off in April and May of 2008, with Gibbons and the Jays taking 5 of the 7 contests. Now in 2009, the two will work side by side.

Kevin Seitzer

Seitzer,Kevin2.JPGKevin Seitzer’s relationship with the Royals goes back nearly three decades. Seitzer, a prep standout in Lincoln, Illinois, was scouted out of high school by 2008 Royals Hall of Fame inductee Art Stewart. Seitzer’s batting skills impressed Stewart to the point that Stewart knew that the young player would someday play in the Major Leagues. Seitzer decided to attend college at Eastern Illinois in the fall of 1980. Stewart continued to track Seitzer’s progress at Eastern, and in 1983, the Royals selected the right-handed hitter in the 11th round.

Late in 1986, Seitzer arrived in Kansas City. A year later, the story at the beginning of the season was that Seitzer would play third base, which had been manned by George Brett since his arrival in late 1973. Brett moved to first, and Seitzer fit in right away with an offensive year for the record books. Seitzer tied Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett for the league-lead with 207 hits. The total was the most by a Major League rookie since Tony Oliva’s 217 in 1964. He was the fourth Royal to collect 200 hits in a season, and is still the only rookie to accomplish the feat. Seitzer tied a franchise record with 6 hits on August 2, 1987. He is the only player, home or visiting, with 6 hits in a single game at Kauffman Stadium. No other player has had more than 4.

Seitzer played for the Royals through the 1991 season before going on to Milwaukee, Oakland, and Cleveland. He coached for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007 and currently runs a successful baseball training facility along with his former teammate, Mike Macfarlane.

ATH welcomes both John Gibbons and Kevin Seitzer to the Royals coaching staff. We look forward to watching them build relationships with the players in 2009.

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