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Photos: Spring opener

Kansas City opened the spring slate with the first of three against Texas.  Today’s game ended in a 5-5 tie.  Let’s take a look at the pictures!

The Royals were the visitors today.  Alex Gordon began the spring with a single.

The Royals were the visitors today. Alex Gordon began the spring with a single.

Gordon scored KC's first run on Eric Hosmer's grounder.

Gordon scored KC’s first run on Eric Hosmer’s grounder.

Will Smith followed with 2.0 scoreless innings.

Will Smith followed with 2.0 scoreless innings.

We'll give the gloves some love:  Here are Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas.

We’ll give the gloves some love: Here are Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas.


We conclude with power - Adam Moore's leadoff homer in the fifth.

We conclude with power – Adam Moore’s leadoff homer in the fifth.


Spring Training photos: February 19 intrasquad game

Here are additional photos from yesterday’s intrasquad game:

Mike Moustakas

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Alex Gordon

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Miguel Tejada in Royal blue

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Sugar Ray Marimon

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Four Royals named finalists for A.L. Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company announced finalists for the 2012 Gold Glove Awards today.  First baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, left fielder Alex Gordon and right fielder Jeff Francoeur are among the three American League nominees at their respective positions!

The Royals have had 19 Gold Glove winners over the years, with Gordon winning last year in left field.  Francoeur won a Gold Glove in 2007 while playing for Atlanta.

Hosmer was a part of 132 double plays, most in the American League.  His 103 assists were the most by a KC first baseman since 2002.

Moustakas (above) was second among A.L. third basemen in fielding percentage, first in assists, total chances and zone rating.  He led all Major League third basemen with 41 double plays.  The mark set a new Royals single-season record, breaking Mark Teahen’s total of 34 in 2006.

Francoeur led the Majors with 19 outfield assists, tying his career high from 2007.  This was his eighth straight season with double-digit assists.

Gordon finished second to Francoeur with 17 outfield assists.

The award winners will be announced Tuesday night at 8:30 Central on ESPN2.

A complete list of finalists can be viewed at:

Royals launch “Let Loose Your Inner Moose” contest

Created by fans in support of Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, the “MOOOOOOOOSE” call has become a staple at Royals home games.  The Royals are now giving fans the opportunity to show the world their best moose calls through the “Let Loose Your Inner Moose” contest. 

The club encourages fans to visit to upload videos highlighting their most innovative and creative calls in honor of “Moose.”  Submissions will be accepted now through Monday, August 20.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 29. 

The winning fan will receive two tickets to the game on Saturday, September 1 when the Royals host the Minnesota Twins at 6:10 p.m.  The first 10,000 fans through the gates that evening will receive exclusive “Moose”-takas Antlers courtesy of the Kansas City Zoo. 

In addition, the winner and a guest will participate in a pregame meet and greet with the third baseman, receive recognition as the moose call winner at the game and be guaranteed two of the soon-to-be highly coveted “Moose”-takas Antlers.

For complete contest rules, please visit

Alice Cooper visits Kauffman Stadium

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper visited Kauffman Stadium on Thursday.  Cooper threw out the ceremonial first pitch and met with Royals players and staff.  Here’s Cooper visiting with third baseman Mike Moustakas:

Monday photos: Moustakas, Hosmer homer

The Rangers edged K.C., 12-11 in the spring’s second exhibition contest on Monday.  Prospects Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer both homered for the Royals.  Moustakas hit a 3-run shot to straight away center in the seventh.  He high-fived Hosmer, who scored on the home run.  Hosmer led off the ninth with a tape-measure blast to right.  Let’s take a look:





































Video: Moustakas, Perez and Hosmer enjoy reading time at Operation Breakthrough

MoustakasPerezHosmer.JPG21 top Kansas City prospects are in town this week for a career development program, which includes community outreach activities.  Prospects Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer had a great time reading to kids at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City this morning.  Click the link below to take a look at the video!

Photos: Royals Awards show

Hardware was handed out on Saturday afternoon at the Royals Awards show, which honored Billy Butler, Bruce Chen, Joakim Soria and all of the organizational award winners.  Let’s take a look!


Chen, the Joe Burke Special Achievement winner, and Soria, the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, congratulated one another after the event.  Both players were very proud and appreciative of the awards.  Bruce, who worked his way back from “Tommy John” surgery in 2007, wanted to make sure that his award arrived to his Arizona home without a scratch – so he bought a seat on the plane for it!


Billy Butler received his second Les Milgram Player of the Year honor on the same day that would see him ink a long-term contract with the Royals.


Mike Moustakas was all smiles as he received the George Brett Hitter of the Year honor from the Hall of Fame third baseman.


John Lamb earned the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year award.  John, who turns 21 in July, will be the youngest player in Kansas City’s Major League camp at spring training.


Eric Hosmer won the Carolina League batting title and slugged key playoff home runs in the Texas League playoffs in 2010.  On Saturday, he was recognized for the other part of his game with the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year award.


Derrick Robinson took his game to another level in 2010, setting a career high in batting average.  Robinson, who led the Texas League with 50 stolen bases, earned the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year award for the second time.  Wilson pointed out that Robinson is outstanding at both baserunning and base stealing.


Former Missouri State pitcher Buddy Baumann received the Mike Sweeney Award from the five-time All-Star.  The award goes to the minor league player who best represents the organization off of the field.  Baumann participated in a variety of community events while with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2010.

Royals announce 2010 organizational award winners

The Royals are pleased to announce the remaining organizational award winners for the 2010 season.  The honorees will be recognized at the 2011 Royals Awards Show, scheduled for Saturday, January 22 in conjunction with Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience at the Overland Park Convention Center.

During the event, the Royals will recognize 12 honorees for their contributions both on and off the field in 2010.  Former Royals greats such as George Brett and Willie Wilson will be among the presenters in attendance.

Previously, the club announced the following award recipients as voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).  Royals’ closer Joakim Soria  was the selection for the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year while Billy Butler was the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year for the second straight season.  Starter Bruce Chen was named the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.

The remaining award recipients to be recognized at the event include:

Mike Moustakas, recipient of the George Brett Hitter of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top hitter. The 22-year-old third baseman combined to hit .322 with NW Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA), tying for the minor league lead with 36 home runs.  The Royals’ first-round selection (2nd overall) in 2007 also posted 41 doubles and drove in 124 in being named the Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year, the Texas League Player of the Year, and a Baseball America 2010 first-team Minor League All-Star.

John Lamb, recipient of the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top pitcher. The 20-year-old pitched at three levels of the Royals system in 2010, wrapping up at NW Arkansas.  The six-foot-three lefty from Laguna Hills, Calif., was a combined 10-7 with a 2.38 ERA in 28 starts, allowing 122 hits in 147.2 innings, striking out 159 and walking just 45.  Lamb was a fifth-round pick of the Royals in 2008.

Derrick Robinson, recipient of the Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top base runner.  The 23-year-old patrolled center field for the Texas League-champion Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2010, hitting .286 with a league-leading 50 stolen bases in 67 attempts.  The speedster, drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 2006, has swiped 236 bases in his professional career, including 181 in his last three campaigns, and is a two-time winner of the Willie Wilson Award, also earning the honor in 2008.

Eric Hosmer, recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top defensive player.  Hosmer, 21, is an athletic first baseman who posted a .988 fielding percentage in 80 games at Wilmington (A Advanced) before upping that mark to .994 in 43 games at first for NW Arkansas.  At the plate, the Royals’ first-round pick (3rd overall) in 2008 batted a combined .338 with 43 doubles, nine triples, 20 home runs, 86 RBI and 87 runs, also stealing 14 bases in 16 attempts.

Buddy Baumann, recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award – recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field.  The 23-year-old left-handed pitcher tirelessly volunteered for numerous community events throughout the 2010 season, visiting Wilmington-area schools and hospitals and conducting several baseball clinics.  Kansas City’s seventh-round selection in 2009 was 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three relief appearances for Burlington (A) to begin 2010 before going 4-2 with four saves and posting a 2.24 ERA in 31 games (14 starts) for Wilmington.

Brian Poldberg, recipient of the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development.  The only manager the NW Arkansas Naturals have ever known, Poldberg led the club to the Texas League Championship in 2010.  The team was also recently recognized as the Baseball America Minor League Club of the Year.  After ending a seven-year playing career, the Carter Lake, Iowa resident has been a coach and instructor in the Royals organization since 1987.

Sean Gibbs, recipient of the Art Stewart Scout of the Year – recognizing an outstanding scout.  Gibbs has served the Royals organization as an area scout since 2007.  He has scouted and signed several players including 2010 Burlington (R) Pitcher of the Year Crawford Simmons.

Andrew Layman, assistant general manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, is the recipient of the Matt Minker Award – recognizing an outstanding minor league affiliate employee.  Layman has directed the merchandise, ticket and stadium operations departments during his 19-year Blue Rocks tenure.  In 1998, he received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for best exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism in recognition of his time invested with a local teen.  The Malvern, Pa. native is a 1992 graduate of Lynchburg College where he played lacrosse.  He currently makes his home in Wilmington with fiance, Jordan, and their son, Mason.

In addition, the Royals will honor Chuck Sailors with the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award –  recognizing an outstanding member of the community.  In 2004, Sailors founded the KC Urban Youth Center at 28th and Troost in Kansas City, Mo.  Today, the center is part of three low-income housing communities in urban Kansas City serving more than 300 students and their families each year.  Sailors and his staff work daily with a holistic approach in order to offer hope, community and wholeness to children and youth living in traditionally underserved communities.


Three Naturals among 10 players on Topps Double-A All-Star Team

Robinson_Giavotella_Moustakas.JPGA total of ten players at the Double-A level were chosen on Tuesday for the Topps Double-A All-Star Team.

Out of the 30 teams, the Royals were the lone franchise with more than one player to be honored…they had three!  First baseman Clint Robinson, second baseman Johnny Giavotella and third baseman Mike Moustakas made up 75 percent of the infield on the squad.

Robinson, 25, hit .335 with 29 homers and 98 RBIs to capture the Triple Crown in the Texas League.  He also led the league with 41 doubles and his 1.035 OPS was tops in Double-A.  The Royals drafted Robinson in the 25th round out of Troy University in 2007.

Giavotella, 23, led the Texas League with 168 hits and 92 runs.  He finished second behind Robinson with a .322 average.  Giavotella was K.C.’s second round pick in 2008 out of the University of New Orleans.

Moustakas, 22, was named the Player of the Year in the Texas League for hitting .347 with 76 RBIs in just 66 games. He finished the year with a combined 36 home runs at Northwest Arkansas and Omaha.  Moustakas was the second overall pick in 2007.


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