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Royals announce special pre-sale on DRI DUCK Fountain Seats for Cardinals series

The Royals have announced that the DRI DUCK Fountain Seats for the Royals-St. Louis Cardinals series, June 25-27, will be available for purchase at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 17.  The special pre-sale is attributed to the high demand for the popular I-70 Series.  On Thursday, all available DRI DUCK Fountain Seats for June 25-27 will be available for purchase exclusively at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office Gate C Ticket Windows.

Fans will be able to purchase up to four (4) DRI DUCK Fountain Seats for each of the three games.  For this series only, the limit was changed from six to four per game to accommodate more fans.

Please note that the Saturday, June 26 contest has a special start time of 1:10 p.m.

In addition, fans purchasing DRI DUCK seats in advance for the Cardinals series this Thursday are eligible for a special offer, “Buy One Get One Free” tickets in the Hy-Vee Infield or Field Plaza for that night’s 7:10 p.m. contest between the Royals and Astros.

 

Jason Kendall: Gritty veteran

Kendall.jpgIndependence Day is usually filled with fireworks, barbecues and time with friends and family.  July 4, 1999 was not a celebration for Jason Kendall - it was a career crossroads. 

Kendall, who had turned 25 just eight days earlier, came into that day’s matinee against Milwaukee with a .335 average, fourth in the National League.  Kendall looked to maintain the mark by running out a bunt attempt.  What ensued was one of the most gruesome injuries in baseball history as Kendall dislocated his right ankle.  He underwent surgery the same day. 

Some athletes may not have returned from the injury.  Kendall did that and much more.  Twelve months and one week after the incident, Kendall started in the All-Star Game!  He went on to set personal bests in doubles and home runs while becoming the first Pittsburgh catcher to score 100 runs in a season.

Fast forward nearly a decade from Kendall’s banner season in 2000.  Critics are quick to point out that his speed has slowed a bit or that his batting average has dipped.  However, Kendall sees an opportunity to rebound, an opportunity to prove himself.  The voice on the other end of Friday’s teleconference had the exuberance of a rookie and the experience of a 14-year veteran. 

Kendall says that he sees the game differently now than when he broke into the majors.  He says it took him six to seven years to master the craft of calling a Major League game.  It’s not an easy thing to do and Kendall had an added advantage of growing up as the son of a big league catcher. 

The ability to call the game attracted the Royals.  General Manager Dayton Moore sees Kendall as one of baseball’s better game callers.  He sees good blocking skills and a batter who works the count.  Beyond those traits, Moore recognizes the intangibles that Kendall brings to the club: experience, a no-nonsense approach, an old-school attitude, a player who is respected by peers and coaches alike.  That makes Kendall someone who will, as Moore put it,  “shape the culture” of the catching philosophy in Kansas City. 

While the Royals were scouting Kendall, the catcher likewise kept an eye on Kansas City.  His dad, Fred, was the bullpen coach in 2006 and 2007.  The elder Kendall told Jason about the young group of players in Kansas City.  Jason has watched the Royals on MLB Extra Innings.  He sees the talent in the young players and believes that the Royals are ready to take the next step. 

Kendall spoke about his love for the game and a desire to give back to the game by mentoring Kansas City’s pitching staff.  He sees mentoring as his number one priority and is excited to catch Zack Greinke.  The veteran still carries the same determination that helped him return from the ankle injury.  That hard-nosed style of play should make him a fan favorite in the heartland.

2010 K Crew Auditions

2009 K Crew Group.JPGDo you have what it takes to entertain with the best? The Kansas City Royals will be holding auditions in November for the 2010 K Crew.  If you feel you have the style, skill and enthusiasm to be a member of the premier MLB interactive team, this is your chance to show us!

The K Crew will be in its fourth season as a MLB entertainment team, and the Royals are eager to select individuals that will demonstrate excellent entertainment and performance ability and a highly enthusiastic personality.  In addition to providing entertainment at Royals home games during the 2010 MLB season, the K Crew is called upon to make promotional appearances and participate in community and charity events.

K Crew 2.jpgIt’s your time to shine, so come out to this year’s K Crew auditions.  Auditions will be held Saturday, November 14th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium.  While walk-up applicants are welcomed, you can pre-register now.  Mandatory audition attire includes an athletic shirt, shorts and tennis shoes.  Applicants will not be considered without this attire.

Additional registration information can be found on the Official K Crew Web page.

We look forward to seeing you at auditions.  Good Luck!

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/kcrew.jsp

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Moustakas among five players named to Arizona Fall League roster

The Royals have announced that five minor leaguers have committed to play for the Surprise Rafters in the 2009 Arizona Fall League.  Shortstop Jeff Bianchi, third baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielder David Lough, right-handed pitcher Danny Gutierrez and left-hander Ben Swaggerty will play for Surprise manager Brian Rupp, the current manager for the Royals’ Class A Advanced club in Wilmington.  Kansas City will fill two additional spots on the roster by September 10.

bianchi jeff_825.jpgBianchi, 22, has split the 2009 season with Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas (AA), batting a combined .307 with 25 doubles, seven home runs, 59 RBI, 66 runs scored and 22 stolen bases.  The 6-foot, 175-pounder from Lancaster, Pa. was the Royals’ second-round selection in the 2005 draft.

 

 

 

  

 

Moustakas.jpgMoustakas, KC’s first-round pick (2nd overall) in the 2007 draft, has hit .252 with 27 doubles, 15 home runs and 79 RBI as a 20-year old for Wilmington.  His RBI total places him tied for third in the Carolina League while his homers are tied for sixth.

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The 23-year old Lough, like Bianchi, has split his time this season between Wilmington and NW Arkansas, and is currently batting .331 with 10 doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBI, 34 runs and 11 steals in 47 games for the Naturals.  He was the Royals 11th round pick from the 2007 draft.


gutierrez dan_1035.jpgGutierrez is 0-0 with a 2.11 ERA in seven games (three starts) for Wilmington, walking five and striking out 21 in 21.1 innings.  The 22-year old right-hander was a 33rd round pick for the Royals in the 2005 draft.

 

swaggerty ben_1606.jpgSwaggerty is a left-handed reliever who was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 16 appearances for Wilmington before posting a 3-1 mark with a 3.57 ERA in 22 outings at NW Arkansas.  The 27-year old signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent in 2007.

The Arizona Fall League season begins on October 13.

Saturday lineup and Howser figurines

Howser figurine.jpg6:10 start tonight at Kauffman.  All-Star Zack Greinke is on the mound.  The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Jana Howser, daughter of the late Dick Howser.  The first 20,000 fans will receive a replica figurine of the Dick Howser statue.

Lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Guillen – DH)

(Teahen – RF)

(Olivo – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Greinke – P)

The Royals Hall of Fame opens FRIDAY – here's a sneak peek!

Frank.JPGThe Royals will dedicate the new Royals Hall of Fame with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:05 on Friday.  After the brief ceremony, the Hall of Fame will be open to fans.  No separate ticket is required for the Hall of Fame for fans with game tickets.  Fans will be admitted every 15 minutes in groups of 40 to tour the Hall of Fame, which features interactive displays and exhibits that chronicle Kansas City’s baseball history from 1884 to the present. 


George with Kevin Uhlich.JPGThe Royals Hall of Fame will be open during all home games and will operate daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the baseball season.  On Thursday, there was a media tour and a reception for the Hall of Fame Classic.  Royals photographer Chris Vleisides snapped a few pictures of Royals greats George Brett and Frank White as they took their first glimpses at the new displays.  They say pictures are worth a thousand words…or in this case, 3,154…the number of hits George had, and the number of baseballs in this display.

Thursday lineup: DeJesus in center, Guillen in left

The Royals open a four-game series at Fenway Park tonight.  David DeJesus will make his first appearance of 2009 in center field.  Jose Guillen will shift to left field.

DeJesus – CF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Guillen – LF

Teahen – 3B

Jacobs – DH

Olivo – C

Callaspo – 2B

Freel – RF

Hochevar – P

Tuesday lineup: Freel makes his KC debut

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Teahen – 3B

Guillen – RF

Jacobs – DH

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Freel – CF

Chen – P

Fourth of July photo recap

July 4 Flyover.jpgRoyals photographer Chris Vleisides sent us pictures from KC’s 6-4 win on the Fourth of July.  Yes, your Boys in Blue are wearing red hats (to honor veterans).  Thank you to the Missouri National Guard’s 139th Air Wing, which provided an incredible pregame flyover.

 

 

 

 

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Monday lineup: Teahen hitting fourth

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Teahen – 3B

Guillen – RF

Jacobs – DH

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

Meche – P

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