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Reminder: Royals Caravan to Warrensburg, Jefferson City and Springfield on Sunday, Springdale and Pittsburg on Monday!

Billy ButlerKila Ka’aihue and Jeff Montgomery will visit fans in Warrensburg, Jefferson City and Springfield, Mo.; Springdale, Ark.; and Pittsburg, Kan., on the annual Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City.  The group will also participate in a school visit to Fayetteville, Ark. 

A schedule of Caravan events is listed below and at royals.com/caravan.

South Caravan Trip, Day #1:           Sunday, January 23 (Warrensburg, Jefferson City, Springfield, Mo.)

11:30-12:30 p.m.:       Meet & Greet at Fitters Pizza and Pub – 131 W Pine St. in Warrensburg (Hosted by KOKO Radio)

3-4 p.m.:                       Meet & Greet at Hy-Vee – 3721 W Truman Blvd in Jefferson City (Hosted by KLIK Radio)

7-8 p.m.:                       Meet & Greet at Coyote’s Adobe Café – 1742 South Glenstone in Springfield

South Caravan Trip, Day #2:           Monday, January 24 (Fayetteville, Springdale, Ark., Pittsburg, Kan.)

11:30-1:30 p.m.:         Luncheon at Holiday Inn – 1500 South 48th St. in Springdale (Hosted by NW Arkansas Naturals and Springdale Rotary Club)

                                        Luncheon tickets are $15, which includes a buffet lunch.

                                        For tickets, contact the NWA Naturals at 479-927-4900.

4-5 p.m.:                       Meet & Greet at Meadowbrook Mall – 202 E Centennial Dr. in Pittsburg (Hosted by KKOW Radio and Cox Communications)

Royals Caravan to travel south to locations in Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas

The Royals will visit fans in Warrensburg, Jefferson City and Springfield, Mo.; Fayetteville and Springdale, Ark.; and Pittsburg, Kan., on the annual Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City.  A number of current Royals players and front office officials, as well as Royals legends, will take part in the annual Caravan event with trips to Midwestern towns throughout January.

This Caravan trip will include 2010 Royals Player of the Year, infielder Billy Butler, infielder Kila Ka’aihue, and Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Jeff Montgomery.  A tentative schedule of Caravan events is listed below and at royals.com/caravan.

Prior to the trip, the club will host the marquee off-season event, Royals FanFest, taking place on January 21-22 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan.  The best place for fans to meet their favorite Royals, FanFest features appearances from more than 40 current, former and future players, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming and much more.  Additional details can be found at royals.com/fanfest.

2011 Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City

South Caravan Trip, Day #1:           Sunday, January 23 (Warrensburg, Jefferson City, Springfield, Mo.)

11:30-12:30 p.m.:       Meet & Greet at Fitters Pizza and Pub – 131 W Pine St. in Warrensburg (Hosted by KOKO Radio)

3-4 p.m.:                       Meet & Greet at Hy-Vee – 3721 W Truman Blvd in Jefferson City (Hosted by KLIK Radio)

7-8 p.m.:                       Meet & Greet at Coyote’s Adobe Café – 1742 South Glenstone in Springfield

South Caravan Trip, Day #2:           Monday, January 24 (Fayetteville, Springdale, Ark., Pittsburg, Kan.)

10:15 a.m.:                   School Assembly at Asbell Elementary School – 1500 North Sang Ave. in Fayetteville

11:30-1:30 p.m.:         Luncheon at Holiday Inn – 1500 South 48th St. in Springdale (Hosted by NW Arkansas Naturals and Springdale Rotary Club)

                                        Luncheon tickets are $15, which includes a buffet lunch.

                                        For tickets, contact the NWA Naturals at 479-927-4900.

4-5 p.m.:                       Meet & Greet at Meadowbrook Mall – 202 E Centennial Dr. in Pittsburg (Hosted by KKOW Radio and Cox Communications)

 

Ned Yost media session: August 20

Making the grade

When asked if he will evaluate his young squad any differently in tonight’s game against the White Sox, a club competing for the division title, Yost said no, he doesn’t add weight to games against certain teams. The manager expects everyone’s best effort each and every day, and he will put his best team on the field every day as well. He believes he owes it to fellow division teams and the league to start his best lineup.

Same guy, new position

Yost doesn’t know exactly what the future holds for converted pitcher Brian Anderson, but he has definitely noticed the former outfielder’s success on the mound this year. Yost noted that Anderson’s fastball can max out at 97 mph and he throws it comfortably at 95 mph. He thinks Anderson is making great progress and deserves a look, but he doesn’t know if that opportunity will come in September or next spring.

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? Yost said he moved Kila Ka’aihue to the three-hole in order to split up the lefties.

Gil Meche left Kansas City today for his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha. He should see action in tomorrow’s game.

Ned Yost media session: August 15

Short and Sweet

On a day when it’s actually nice to be outside for more than five minutes, the media did not have many questions to ask during Ned Yost’s pregame interview. He did discuss Gil Meche’s potential return to the mound, saying the former starter could fit into the bullpen, which would help limit his shoulder problems. Yost also said Meche is getting closer to a rehab assignment after a 30-pitch session this morning, if the club chooses to go that route. When asked about the 2011 season for Meche, Yost said that as of today, he’d be leaning toward having the right-hander pitch as a reliever.

The manager also briefly discussed Kila Ka’aihue’s performance, saying he can’t make a judgment about Ka’aihue because the rookie is still settling in and adjusting to new pitchers and a new overall experience.

Ned Yost media session: August 12

D.L. Update

Luke Hochevar, Robinson Tejeda, and Gil Meche are all chomping at the bit to get back on the field. Yost said Meche threw very well today and has looked good in his last couple outings. 

The Young Guns

According to Yost, the Royals lost veterans on purpose in order to take a look at younger players. Yost said it takes time for new guys to get in a groove, but you just have to let them play and go through it. He added that they are all in the big leagues for a reason–because they have all had success.

Hawaiian Hitter

Yost also discussed Kila Ka’aihue’s numbers at the plate. Ka’aihue enters tonight’s contest hitting .103, but Yost says he looks for good at-bats and execution, not at averages.

Ned Yost Media Session: May 15

RAIN DELAY UPDATE:  We are expecting to start the game at 7:10 p.m.

With his first day and win as Royals manager in the books, Ned Yost addressed the Kansas City media this afternoon. Yost was excited about the first 24 hours in Kansas City, stating that much of what he has been working on to this point was getting his staff organized and communicating his coaching philosophy to staff and players.

Yost was asked about his bullpen and how he plans on using it. He responded by saying that to this point the bullpen is still a little unsettled and that late inning roles tend to define themselves. Yost stated that he will consider using Royals closer Joakim Soria in four-out situations; but believes that closers are at their best when they are used for only three outs. Yost reaffirmed that everyone is starting with a clean slate; he approaches his bullpen under the mindset that everyone will be successful at their jobs and won’t change that thinking unless proven otherwise. When asked on situational use of late-inning arms, Yost said he doesn’t restrict himself to the conventional lefty-lefty or righty-righty matchups. Some situations will require going by the numbers and others will call Yost to go with his ‘gut’. Ultimately, Yost said he will manage each situation in order to win the ballgame and not just cover himself and go by the book.

Yost was also asked to comment on his role players and how he views the second base job. Yost said his primary concern is to find playing time for Kila Ka’aihue, Willie Bloomquist, Chris Getz, and Brayan Pena. Yost understands the difficulty of their roles on this team, but told them to always be prepared to perform when called upon. Yost also stated that infielder Mike Aviles’ hot bat will continue to find him in the lineup at second base.

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

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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!

 

Baseball FUNdamentals

The early days of Spring Training are dedicated to the fundamentals. Bunting, sliding, and defense are a few of the drills being emphasized in Surprise. Let’s take a look:

First base coach Rusty Kuntz specializes in teaching baserunning. He had everyone take off their shoes for this fun drill…it looks like some of the guys were taken back to their Slip ‘n Slide days! (Left – Willie Bloomquist, right – Billy Butler, below right – Alex Gordon)

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Every player has been working on getting the bunt down…including Kila Ka’aihue.

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The outfielders worked with Kuntz on technique (below left). Coco Crisp later spent some time fielding batting practice.

 

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Crisp and his teammates were all smiles as they took some cuts in the cage.

 

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Ka'aihue's team takes top prize

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 9-21 Kila 3.jpgKila Ka’aihue can crush a baseball…and it seems that his long drives translate to golf. Kila’s team shot 16 under par to win today’s Surprise Charity Golf Tournament. Members of the Royals and Texas Rangers participated in the tournament, which was hosted by the Surprise Sundancers and the City of Surprise. Proceeds from the tournament went toward Surprise/Northwest valley programs and projects including DreamCatcher C.A.R.E.S, a center for adaptive recreation and enrichment services. Way to go, Kila!

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Awards Night honorees announced

awards_night_250x150.gifThe Royals have announced the remaining organizational award winners, who will be recognized at the 2009 Royals Awards Night on January 16 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel. This great event will be capped by the announcement of the Ewing Kauffman Mr. Baseball Award. Buy your tickets today! The honorees include:

Dan Ontiveros – Art Stewart Scout of the Year

Dan scouts the Southern California area for the Royals. He previously worked for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox. In his first year with the Royals, Ontiveros signed left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery, the club’s supplemental pick in 2008. Montgomery earned Pitcher of the Year honors for the Surprise Royals last season.

rupp brian_212.jpgBrian Rupp – Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year

 Brian (left) is now the manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks. In 2008, he guided the Burlington Bees to the Midwest League championship. Rupp played in the St. Louis organization for seven seasons before becoming a minor league coach with the Cardinals in 1999.

teaford everett_981.jpgEverett Teaford – Mike Sweeney Award

Everett, a left-handed pitcher, will receive the Mike Sweeney Award, which recognizes a player who best represents the organization on and off the field. Teaford went 8-6 with a 3.80 ERA for Wilmington in 2008. In addition, he took part in every Blue Rocks community event. The Carolina League named Teaford as the inaugural Matt Minker Community Service Award winner.

 

robinson derrick_537.jpgDerrick Robinson – Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year

Robinson could be playing in tonight’s national championship football game, but he turned down a scholarship to the University of Florida to sign with Kansas City. Robinson’s future on the baseball diamond is very bright. The speedster set the pace with an individual franchise record 62 stolen bases as the Wilmington Blue Rocks established a team franchise mark with 258 thefts. His total of 62 led the Carolina League and placed him fourth among all minor league players.

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Jeff Bianchi – Frank White Defensive Player of the Year

Bianchi, a former shortstop, made a smooth transition to second base, the position held down by the awards’ namesake and eight-time Gold Glove winner. Jeff made just 2 errors in 75 games at second base and 7 errors overall.


cortes daniel_110.jpgDan Cortes – Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year

The highly-touted righty went 10-4 with a 3.78 ERA as he helped the Northwest Arkansas Naturals reach the playoffs in their inaugural season. Cortes earned team Pitcher of the Year honors and Postseason Texas League All-Star status. He was drafted by the White Sox in 2005 and signed by fellow honoree Dan Ontiveros.


kaaihue kila_004.jpgKila Ka’aihue – George Brett Hitter of the Year

Kila had a breakout season in 2008, as he led Kansas City’s minor league system with 37 home runs and 100 RBI. He earned Texas League Player of the Year honors after slamming 26 home runs for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Ka’aihue finished the year with the big league club and collected his first home run on September 20.

The Royals will also honor Patti Lewis with the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award, which recognizes an outstanding member of the community. Lewis is founder and director of Alexandra’s House, a non-profit perinatel hospice that reaches out to families who have an anticipated infant loss.

The club previously announced that Chris Kemple will be recognized as The Matt Minker Award winner. The award is presented to an outstanding minor league affiliate employee. Chris is the general manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

The Major League award winners, Pitcher of the Year Joakim Soria, Player of the Year Mike Aviles, and Special Achievement winner Zack Greinke will also be honored.

 

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