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Royals release Jacobs, Bale; add pitcher in Rule 5 Draft

The Royals announced a pair of roster moves before today’s Rule 5 draft.  Kansas City released first baseman/designated hitter Mike Jacobs and left-handed pitcher John Bale.  Jacobs hit .228 with 19 home runs and 61 RBI in 2009, his lone season with Kansas City.  Bale went 0-1 with a 5.72 ERA in 43 relief appearances.  He had been with the club since the 2007 season. 


Kansas City then selected left-handed pitcher Edgar Osuna from the Gwinett (Triple-A) roster of the Atlanta Braves in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.  Osuna, 22, was named by Baseball America as having the “Best Changeup” in the Braves farm system following the 2008 season.  The Mazatlan, Mexico native is currently pitching in the Mexican Winter League after splitting his season between Myrtle Beach and Mississippi in the Atlanta system.

The Royals currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

October Birthdays: Happy 26th, Zack!

Greinke Walking Off.jpgIt’s time to take a look at our Royals birthdays for October.  Fans started calling newly crowned Sporting News A.L. Pitcher of the Year Zack Greinke’s starts “Greinke Day” and wishing other Royals fans a “Happy Greinke Day.”  Today is the Happy Greinke Day – Zack turns 26!

Fellow celebrants include Judge Judy (67) and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (60).  Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel was born on this day in 1833.


Splittorff,Paul.JPGRoyals all-time win leader Paul Splittorff turned 63 on October 8.  Splitt shares his day with Paul Hogan of Crocodile Dundee fame (70), Chevy Chase (66) and Matt Damon (39).



Fred_Patek_S_0g001.jpgRoyals Hall of Famer Fred Patek celebrated his 65th birthday on October 9.  Celebrity birthdays include Sharon Osbourne (57) and Quantam Leap’s Scott Bakula (55).  The late John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940.








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turned 31 on October 15.  Juan shares his day with former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca (85) and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer (64).  Cable chef Emeril Lagasse and former Dutchess of York Sarah Ferguson both turned 50.



lerew_5515.JPGAnthony Lerew will be 27 on October 28.  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates turns 54 while Julia Roberts will celebrate her 42nd birthday.






Jacobs_April.jpgMike Jacobs wraps up our birthdays.  Mike turns 29 on October 30.  Other celebrants on the day before Halloween include Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick (70) and Henry Winkler.  The Fonz will be 64.  Around the Horn wishes Mike a happy birthday and two thumbs up!


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Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: Maier, Jacobs, Yuni

Power surge

Mitch Maier hit his first Major League home run last night and is batting .328 since the All-Star Break.  Reporters asked whether Trey sees him gaining more power as he continues in the Majors.  Trey explained that power is the last piece of the puzzle for Major League hitters and that Maier is just on the cusp of developing his pull swing.  Maier has been coming in early to work off of a batting tee with Kevin Seitzer.  Hillman believes that Maier has learned a lot this year and commended him on his hard work and improved hitting.

Improvement for Jacobs

Mike Jacobs is in the lineup today with a lefty on the mound.  Jacobs had a pair of RBI singles on Tuesday night.  Trey Hillman says that Jacobs is doing a better job of staying on the ball and recognizing pitches.

Yuni assessment

The Royals are at Seattle this weekend.  It will be the first games in the Emerald City for Yuniesky Betancourt since he joined the Royals on July 10.  Reporters were asking Trey Hillman for his assessment of Betancourt.  Trey noted recent hot streaks for Betancourt, then mentioned Yuni lacks separation on his swing at the moment.  Trey believes that Betancourt’s swing will improve as he is a teachable player that learns quickly.  He described Yuni as a good self-evaluator who knows what he needs to do to improve.  Trey likes what he’s seen defensively from Betancourt.

Jacobs records PSA for Operation Breakthrough

Jacobs and OB Kids Dugout Smiles.JPGMike Jacobs hit a tape-measure home run to center last night…if you haven’t seen it, check it out!

The 440-foot home run results in another $500 donation to Kansas City’s Operation Breakthrough, bringing the season total to $2,500!

Mike recently recorded a public service announcement for Diamond of Dreams, which will take place on July 23 on the field at Kauffman Stadium.  Mike was joined by a few of the kids from Operation Breakthrough.  Proceeds from the 2009 Diamond of Dreams will benefit Operation Breakthrough.

Look for the public service announcement to be shown during upcoming Royals games…and make plans to come out for a fun evening on Thursday, July 23!

Jackie Robinson Day – A salute to 42

Jackie Robinson Day 3.JPGMajor League Baseball paid homage to Jackie Robinson on Wednesday as all uniformed personnel wore number 42. The day took on extra meaning in Kansas City, where Robinson played for the Negro League’s Monarchs in 1945.  Former 20-game winner Mudcat Grant was on hand in the Buck O’Neill Legacy Seat. Here’s a look at the special day, which included this monster home run by Mike Jacobs.

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Jacobs, Operation Breakthrough team up

Mike Jacobs, a first year Royal, paid a visit to Operation Breakthrough during the Royals Caravan in January.  You can see that the stop made an impact by the smile on his face in this photo.

D20_5429.JPGToday, Jacobs stepped up to the plate for Operation Breakthrough. He will donate $500 to the local non-profit for every home run he hits this season (including his home run on Monday night.)  ATH would like to recognize Mike for his involvement in the Kansas City community. Way to go, Mike!

Spring Training: Opener Recap, Today's Lineup

Jacobs HR 2.25.jpgThe Boys in Blue fell a little short against the Rangers on Wednesday, but we saw some positive signs. Kansas City blasted four home runs, something that they didn’t do in a regular season game in 2008. Granted it is Spring Training and the ball seems to travel a bit farther in the Arizona air, but what a start for hitting coach Kevin Seitzer and the offense!

Mike Jacobs went deep in his first game in Royal blue and Billy Butler hit a monster shot above the berm in left-center. Miguel Olivo and Mitch Maier also went yard, no cheapies in their own right. Here are the home run swings, and today’s lineup. Same teams, same time (2:05 Central), with the Royals as the home team today…the game is on 610 Sports in Kansas City. Royals slugger Jose Guillen is expected to make his 2009 debut. Royals beat writer Dick Kaegel had a nice story on Jose today…check it out!

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Tony Pena – SS
David DeJesus – LF
Jose Guillen – DH
Mike Jacobs – 1B
Alex Gordon – 3B
Willie Bloomquist – 2B
John Buck – C
Mitch Maier – RF

Kyle Davies – RHP
Heath Phillips – LHP
Julio Pimentel – RHP
Joel Peralta – RHP
Carlos Rosa – RHP
Matt Wright – RHP
Oscar Villarreal – RHP

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New Royals take the field

Greetings, Royals fans! Team photographer Chris Vleisides is in Surprise. He sent along pictures from the last few days. Here are some of your newest Royals in action – Willie Bloomquist, Coco Crisp, Tug Hulett, and Mike Jacobs. Check back as we will post more pictures from Spring Training!










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Jacobs signs, ticket presale

First baseman Mike Jacobs agreed to a one-year deal late last night, which avoided an arbitration hearing. Jacobs hit 32 home runs and drove in 93 runs with the Marlins last season. He was acquired on October 30 in exchange for Leo Nunez.

Ticket presale


The Royals have announced a special ticket presale for Royals Report subscribers.


Fans who register for Royals Report by Friday, February 27 have a special opportunity to purchase tickets to every 2009 home game, excluding Opening Day. Royals Report subscribers can order tickets at on Thursday, March 5 starting at 9 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, March 7 at 9 a.m. Newsletter subscribers will receive an email with further instructions on the March 5 presale opportunity. Sign up at:


Thumbnail image for Walkoff DeJesus.jpgIf you’re looking to go to the April 10 home opener, you have three separate chances to secure tickets:


(1) Single-Game Ticket On-Sale Date – March 7: Opening Day tickets will be available through, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS and at the Kauffman Stadium Ticket Office beginning Saturday, March 7 at 9 a.m.


(2) Opening Day Ticket Opportunity: To be eligible fans must register online at by Monday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. Those applicants whose names are selected in a random drawing will have the opportunity to purchase up to two (2) tickets to Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium. Register at:


(3) Royals Season Tickets: Fans can guarantee themselves Opening Day tickets with any Full Season, Half Season or 21-game season ticket plan starting at just $168 per seat.  All season ticket packages are available online at and by calling (816) 504-4040.


Don’t delay…get your tickets today!


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Mike Jacobs chat on Tuesday

D20_5429.JPGNew Royal Mike Jacobs will chat on Tuesday at The session begins at 3 p.m. Central time. Don’t miss your chance to ask Mike about the recent infielder retreat at Trey Hillman’s house or Spring Training, which will be Mike’s first in Arizona…maybe you can give the new Royals slugger a few dining suggestions in and around Surprise!

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