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Teahen receives Clemente Award (Photo)

TeahenClemente.jpgMark Teahen received his award tonight as the Royals nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award Presented by Chevy.  Teahen is the local spokesperson for Challenger, a program which removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off of the baseball field.  He was joined on the field tonight by (l to r) Karl Kramer, District Sales Manager for Chevy; Michelle Ford, Senior Vice President of Adaptive Programming for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City; and Scott and Lisa Hallier, YMCA Challenger Advisory Council members and co-chairs of the “Mark Teahen – Challenge Your Fashion” event.   Congratulations to Mark and Challenger Baseball!

Teahen named Royals nominee for Clemente Award

7-18_YMCA Challenger at Little K_IMG_3723.JPGMark Teahen is the Royals nominee for the 2009 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy.  He is one of 30 Major League Club nominees for the national Clemente Award, which is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who combines exceptional performance on the baseball field with devoted work in the community. Fans are encouraged to participate in the selection of the national winner.  From September 2 through October 4, 2009, fans can log on to and vote for one of the 30 Club nominees.  One lucky fan will win a trip to game three of the World Series where they will meet the award winner, the Clemente family and participate in the Clemente Award presentation!

Teahen will be recognized in a pregame ceremony prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, September 8.  He is involved in a number of outreach efforts in the Kansas City area, including the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball.  The local Challenger Division, which is administered through the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, removes barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field. 

Since becoming the local Challenger spokesman in October 2006, Teahen has been involved in a number of events to help bring funds and visibility to the program.  For the past two years, he has hosted his own offseason fundraiser – “Challenge Your Fashion.”  The benefit has raised more than $275,000 and is now a signature fundraising event for the local Challenger program.  Plans are already underway for “Challenge Your Fashion” to return in January 2010.

Congratulations to Mark on his nomination for the Clemente Award!

Two Homestands Left

9-2 Shealy.jpgSince it’s so late, just a couple quick notes. Let’s go Around the Horn…

Four new Royals will be in uniform today as the September call-ups. Along with the four call-ups, are a flurry of other moves. Lefties John Bale, Jimmy Gobble and Ron Mahay have all been activated from the Disabled List and in one fell swoop, the Royals bullpen jumped from none to three Southpaws.

Among the call-ups are two newbies (technically three since Yasuhiko Yabuta is still a rookie) and two players who’ve seen some service time. Ryan Shealy played parts of the last two seasons and will rejoin the Major League club. He’s slotted at first tonight, though rain is falling at Kauffman Stadium right now. Yabuta will also make his return, moving back into the bullpen.

9-2 Kila.jpgThe newcomers are Devon Lowery and Kila Ka’aihue. Both have been featured in Gameday magazine this season and both will be putting on their first big league uniform for tonight’s game.

To make all of this work, the Royals Baseball Operations made a flurry of other moves as well to open up roster spots for three players who weren’t on the 40-man roster. Angel Sanchez, Carlos Rosa and Shane Costa were all recalled and placed on the 60-day DL. Each had been on the Minor League DL before the Triple-A Omaha season. Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek was also moved to the 60-day, ending speculation that he might return from his ankle injury.

Congratulations to Mark Teahen. He’s the Roberto Clemente Award winner for the Royals. The Clemente Award is given to the player on each team who both sports the on-field skills to be a valuable member of his team but is also devoted to helping their community.

9-2 Teahen.jpgTeahen has played four positions for the Royals this year and over the weekend, banged homers in back-to-back games, giving him 12 on the year. He also became the first Royal since Brian McRae did it in 1992 to hit two inside-the-park home runs in a single season.

He’s delivered off the field just as well. Earlier this year his fashion show raised $75,000 for the Kansas City area Challenger Division of Little League Baseball. The Challenger program helps children with disabilities to play baseball, using able-bodied buddies and specially-designed fields.

The award comes at a great time for Teahen who has his next Challenger event set in stone at Cold Stone Creamery on the Country Club Plaza. Teahen will be there from 6-7 on Sunday, Sept. 7. During the hour Teahen is there, fans are asked to donate to Challenger instead of regular payment. 100 percent of the money collected during the hour will go to the program.

Former Royals broadcaster Buddy Blattner is up for the 2009 Ford C. Frick Award (vote here), the same award Denny Mathews won in 2007 and Mariners’ broadcaster Dave Niehaus won in 2008. Around the Horn interviewed Mathews and Niehaus earlier this season about the Cooperstown experience…Mike Aviles chatted with fans earlier today. He still leads rookies in batting average, sitting at .330…You can still get a great deal on gas and Royals tickets. Interested? Check it out…You can also be a hot dog (check here). 

9-2 Ballpark.jpgThird
The next homestand will feature a very special opportunity. A deal this good hasn’t been around since 1973. You can get a seat at the K for $3. Yep, three bucks.

It’s called retro-pricing and it’s a tribute to the old stadium as the Royals prepare for the Grand Re-Opening next season.

So from September 15-18 (the Mariners’series), you can get an upper deck seat for 1973 prices. In addition, general admission parking for the four games is just $5, courtesy of The Parking Spot.

Tonight’s lineup:
DeJesus CF
Aviles SS
Guillen RF
Butler DH
Shealy 1B
Olivo C
Teahen 3B
Callaspo 2B
Gathright CF

Greinke P

Today’s Official Game Notes.

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