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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 www.royalshalloffame.com/vote.
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.
For more information and to vote for the Royals Hall of Fame, fans may visit www.royalshalloffame.com/vote.
Members of the Royals Alumni Association donate their time throughout the year to help raise money for area families in need. This season, the group is helping make the holidays brighter by donating a total of $22,000 to area community and charitable organizations.
Today, Royals Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Wilson made a check presentation at Community LINC in Kansas City while former catcher and manager John Wathan presented a donation to the Blue Springs Rainbow Center.
The following programs received donations from the Alumni Association this year: The Avery Anne Christiansen Foundation, Bill Self’s Assists Foundation, Blue Springs Elk’s Lodge, Blue Springs Rainbow Center, Boys & Girls Club, Boys Hope Girls Hope, City Union Mission, Community LINC, Cross Points Church- Alms Fund, Grace Church, House of Hope, KC Rescue Mission, New House Shelter, Operation Breakthrough, Rose Brooks, Salvation Army, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, TLC, Whatsoever Community Center, and the YMCA Challenger Program.
Thank you to the Alumni Association and to those who have participated in fundraising events, including the batting practice events at Kauffman Stadium and fantasy camps in Surprise, Arizona!
Fans who have attended Spring Training in Surprise know that opportunities are abound to watch games and practices. The Royals play several ‘B’ games against their complex counterparts, the Texas Rangers. These games are not held at the stadium – instead they are on one of the practice fields at the complex. The ‘B’ games and practices are free to attend and fans can usually stake claim to a location that is just off of the field.
Today’s ‘B’ game featured Luke Hochevar, who was pushed back after yesterday’s regular game against the Giants was postponed. Let’s take at a few of the things that happen at a ‘B’ game.
Scouts and baseball operations personnel are continuously tracking the progress of the players. On the left, Senior Advisor to the General Manager and 2008 Royals Hall of Fame inductee Art Stewart surveys the action. Rene Francisco, Kansas City’s Special Assistant to the General Manager/International Operations, is standing behind Stewart (to his right, our left).
The next photo shows General Manager Dayton Moore and Assistant General Manager-Scouting & Player Development J.J. Picollo. The pair are speaking with Jon Daniels (center), the General Manager of the Rangers.
When the team goes to another complex for a game, a ‘travel roster’ is assembled. For example, some of the pitchers are not going to throw in the regular game that day. They stay behind in Surprise and spend time on other training activities, including strength and conditioning. Here, Zack Greinke and Kyle Davies are taking in Hochevar’s outing.
‘B’ games also require coaches to take on different roles. Trey Hillman served as the third base coach during today’s ‘B’ game. This picture shows the close proximity of the bleachers for a ‘B’ game.
Former third baseman Joe Randa is in camp working with players. Here he talks to John ‘Duke’ Wathan. On the right, Randa lends his advice to Mike Moustakas. Randa has mentored ‘Moose’ on multiple occasions since the Royals drafted Moustakas in 2007.
Now you know about some of the other happenings at Spring Training besides the game that is on the schedule at royals.com. We hope that you can make a trip to Spring Training in the near future!
Some of your all-time favorite Royals played against a team of former MLB stars in the Hall of Fame Classic on Friday. As the photos show, they had a great time at the “New” K as they raised money for TeamSmile and Royals Charities.
Here’s what we noticed in a few of the pictures below: Dennis Leonard has maintained his imposing look on the mound…Willie Wilson still has that great jump out of the batter’s box…George Brett played defense as a righty and as a lefty…Frank White connected on a couple of great hits…and Brett’s signature follow through looks the same as it did throughout his career.