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Luke Hudson retires

Hudson.jpgToday we recognize an all-around good guy, Luke Hudson, who announced his retirement on Thursday. Hudson made the Royals in 2006 after signing as a minor league free agent in March. He struggled early in 2006 before regaining his form while with Omaha. Hudson returned to Kansas City and became the Royals Pitcher of the Month in July and August, finishing his season with a 7-6 mark.

Our favorite Luke Hudson memory is from September 4, 2006, which happened to be Star Wars Night at “The K.” The force was with Luke as he fanned 10 New York Yankees in front of a large crowd. Luke is one of just 27 Royals pitchers to have at least one game with 10 strikeouts.

Hudson pitched in just one Major League game after 2006 as he continued to have problems with his right shoulder. He hoped to return in 2009, but the shoulder injury lingered.

Luke became a fan favorite in his time with the Royals…he took part in community activities including Operation Blessing, Royals Caravan, and Royals FanFest. We’ll miss Luke and we wish him the best in his future endeavors!


Hudson returns to Royals, FanFest tickets on sale

Hudson.jpgThe Royals have signed right-handed pitcher Luke Hudson to a minor league contract for the 2009 season. Hudson has been extended an invitation to the Royals Major League Spring Training camp in Surprise, Ariz.

Luke missed the 2008 season while recovering from right shoulder surgery.  He made just one big league start in 2007 due to his shoulder issues.  Hudson was 7-6 with a 5.12 ERA in 26 games (15 starts) for Kansas City in 2006.  He is 17-18 with a 5.11 ERA in a five-year big league career for the Reds (2002, 2004-05) and Royals (2006-07).  Hudson was designated for assignment by the Royals on Nov. 14.

FanFest tickets on sale

Royals FanFest returns for a second year on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. Tickets to the 2009 Royals FanFest went on sale today. Tickets are available at or by calling (816) 504-4040.


New for the 2009 FanFest, the Royals are offering two-day passes at a 25-percent savings from the one-day advance ticket prices. Two-day passes are $18 for adults and $9 for children ages 6-17, while advance single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6-17. Fans ages five and under will be admitted free. Royals 2009 season ticket holders will receive complimentary two-day passes to attend the event.

Tickets will also be available at the Overland Park Convention Center on the days of the FanFest event. Ticket prices at the door are $14 for adults and $7 for kids ages 6-17.

A preliminary list of the players and coaches scheduled to appear has been released. Players and coaches scheduled to attend include: Mike Aviles, John Buck, Shane Costa, Kyle Davies, David DeJesus, Brandon Duckworth, John Gibbons, Alex Gordon, Zack Greinke, Trey Hillman, Luke Hochevar, Kila Ka’aihue, Devon Lowery, Ron Mahay, Dave Owen, Kevin Seitzer, Ryan Shealy, Joakim Soria and Mark Teahen. Check back for updates on player appearances or visit the FanFest page on

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Arbuckle joins front office, roster moves

Today marks the beginning of the free agent signing period. While no players were signed today, the Royals were busy with roster moves and an addition to the front office.

We start in the front office, where the Royals named Mike Arbuckle the Senior Advisor to the General Manager/Scouting and Player Development. Arbuckle comes to the Royals after earning a ring with the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. He started with the Phillies after the 1992 season as the Director of Scouting, and was most recently the Assistant General Manager. He drafted several key components of the 2008 champs, including outfielder Pat Burrell, Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson, Brett Myers, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and World Series MVP Cole Hamels. Mike, a Trenton, Mo. native, currently resides in Liberty. We welcome Mike to the club!

The Royals also made a series of roster moves, since today was the MLB deadline for removing all the 60-day Disabled List players and placing them on your 40-man roster. Right-handed pitchers Ryan Braun, Luke Hochevar, Luke Hudson and Carlos Rosa, and outfielder Shane Costa were activated from the 60-day DL.  In addition, the Royals requested Unconditional Release Waivers on Braun while designating Hudson and left-handed pitcher Josh Newman for assignment.  The Royals 40-man roster now stands at 40. Keep an eye out next week, as all teams must finalize their “winter” 40-man roster on Thursday, Nov. 20. This means teams must protect some of their minor leaguers or risk losing them in the Rule 5 draft, which will take place during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas on Dec. 11.


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