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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 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.

Royals announce hitting coach Kevin Seitzer will not return in 2013

The Kansas City Royals and Manager Ned Yost announced today that the contract of hitting coach Kevin Seitzer will not be renewed for the 2013 season.  The remainder of the coaching staff will return next season: bench coach Chino Cadahia, pitching coach Dave Eiland, first base coach Rusty Kuntz and third base coach Eddie Rodriguez.  The Royals will also need to fill the bullpen coach position after naming Steve Foster the club’s Special Assistant to GM/Minor League Pitching Coordinator on August 31.

The Royals plan to hire a hitting coach and a bullpen coach as a later date.

Ned Yost media session: June 2

All revved up

Yost is very pleased with the way the bullpen has come around, saying that the pen is firing on all cylinders. He thinks practicing before games and creating a relaxed atmosphere have helped. Yost realizes that the players aren’t robots, so they will inevitably have hiccups, but it’s important to forget about them and move on to the next day. The manager expects everyone’s best effort when they are on the mound because he knows that the game revolves around pitching and good teams have effective bullpens. He believes two keys in particular include working ahead and not letting inherited runners score.

A ball that bites

Yost believes Blake Wood has been phenomenal since he’s been up with the Royals. He said Wood’s fastball has “teeth”, boring in hard on right handed hitters and moving away from lefties and is very difficult to handle, which is why he doesn’t need to use his secondary pitches too often.

Heavy hitter

Yost also praised Kevin Seitzer for his job as hitting coach, saying Seitzer is a big key to the offense. Yost added that player development at the organization’s minor league levels has also added to the club’s offensive success. Even at the Single-A level, draftees are learning the two-strike approach, which includes having the right mindset as well as having a short and quick swing. Yost sees the results of this in his Major League players, noting that no one on the team is afraid to hit with two strikes.

A behind-the-scenes look at Spring Training

Today we take a look at just a few of the behind-the-scenes details from Spring Training.

12 004.jpgWhen it comes to bats, every player has a preference.  Here, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer speaks with a sporting goods representative about a wide array of options.

12 002.jpgManager Trey Hillman holds regular interview sessions with the media throughout Spring Training.  Next to Trey is Mike Swanson, Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting (in sunglasses, partially hidden).  Swanee oversees the session while Dave Holtzman, Director of Media Relations (on the left in the Royals jacket), records footage that you’ll be able to view on royals.com.

12 006.jpgThe media relations team is also responsible for setting up one-on-one interviews.  This picture shows Joel Goldberg interviewing Hall of Famer George Brett for a feature that will be on the Fox Sports Kansas City website.

 

 

 

 

 

12 007.jpgAll of this is happening in close proximity to the practice fields, where Cy Young winner Zack Greinke and his teammates were stretching for the morning workout.

Friday autograph session at team store

Attention holiday shoppers…the Majestic Team Store at Kauffman Stadium will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.  This is your chance to get a new powder blue cap for the Royals fan in your life.  Royals alumni Willie Wilson, Kevin Seitzer and Willie Aikens will be signing autographs from noon to 2 p.m.  

Royals introduce new powder blue caps (Photo)

New Powder Blue Cap.JPGThe Royals have announced that in 2010 the club will don a New Authentic New Era alternate powder blue cap in conjunction with their home alternate powder blue jerseys, which have been worn for every home day game since the beginning of the 2008 season.  The cap will go on sale exclusively at the Royals Majestic Team Store near Gate C of Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, November 24 at 10 a.m.

The Majestic Team Store will be open on November 24, 25 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The store will also be open on Saturday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the University of Kansas and University of Missouri football game at Arrowhead Stadium at 2:30 p.m.  On Friday, November 27, Royals alumni Willie Wilson, Kevin Seitzer and Willie Aikens will be signing autographs at the Majestic Team Store from noon to 2 p.m. 

The powder blue caps are priced at $38.  To contact the Majestic Team Store, please call 816-504-4045 or visit www.royals.com/teamstore.

The caps will be available for pre-order on-line at royals.com beginning on November 24, but won’t be available to be shipped until December 1.

March Birthdays: Mike Aviles turns 28

9-24 Aviles 2.jpgToday is Friday the 13th which is also, coincidentally, the 28th birthday for 2008 Royals Player of the Year Mike Aviles! Kansas City farmhand Matt Wright is also celebrating as he turns 27. Matt and Mike share birthdays with former All-Star first baseman Will “the Thrill” Clark (45) and U2 bass player Adam Clayton (49). Aviles is currently with his Puerto Rico teammates in Miami getting ready for Round 2 of the WBC.

Here are your Royals birthdays for March:

Cookie_Rojas_S_0a003.jpgRoyals Hall of Famer Cookie Rojas turned 70 on March 6. Cookie’s birthday is shared by Shaquille O’Neal (37) and former Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon (86).

Prospects Kiel Thibault (25, March 2), Danny Cortes (22, March 4), and Jose Duarte (24, March 7) celebrated early in Spring Training.

Both Tony Pena, Jr. and Joel Peralta celebrate birthdays on March 23. Tony, like Mike Aviles, will be 28, while Joel turns 33. Joel was born on the same day in 1976 as actress Keri Russell from “Felicity” fame. Other notable birthdays include Kauffman Stadium groundskeeper Trevor Vance, and Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile under four minutes.pena_dsc_5344.jpgPeralta.jpg

Trevor Vance.jpg

 

The Royals have FOUR birthdays on March 24! Devon Lowery turns 26, Chris Lubanski will be 24, and both Robinson Tejeda and Heath Phillips are 27. The quartet share their day with Peyton Manning, who will be 33. Also, Harry Houdini was born on this day in 1874.

Seitzer,Kevin2.JPGRoyals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer turns 47 on March 26, which is shared by a variety of musicians including country artist Kenny Chesney (41), Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler (61) and Motown’s Diana Ross (65).

Kila Ka’aihue rounds out our list with his 25th birthday on March 29. Kila shares his day with former tennis phenom Jennifer Capriati (33). Also born on this date – baseball great Cy Young (1867) and Wal-Mart co-founder Sam Walton (1918). Both Kila and Mr. Walton made quite an impression on Northwest Arkansas! Kila_Home_Run.jpg

 

Now you’re caught up on Royals birthdays for March…check back next month!

 

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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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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