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Roman Colon leads community effort in the Dominican Republic

dominican37.jpgHere’s a story that may change your perspective on an old item that you have sitting around the house…what might be landfill material to you could help someone else!

An old fire truck sat behind a fire house in Hazel Park, Michigan.   The department was ready to send it to the scrap yard due to the low resale value for fire trucks.   Roman Colon, then pitching for the Tigers, was a friend of the fire chief.  Roman stopped by the station one day and saw an opportunity for his hometown in the Dominican Republic, which had a great need for upgraded equipment.

dominican4.jpgTransporting a fire truck to the Dominican Republic would not be easy…or cheap!  Thomas Rowinski, who was helping Colon with the project, found a program that would deliver humanitarian goods on space available military flights.  Months of work and negotiation followed until the fire engine was delivered to Roman’s hometown of Monte Cristi.

Colon’s friends in Michigan saw the impact of their old fire truck and looked for additional ways to help.  Their next goal was to send an ambulance to the Dominican.  Roman, by this time a Royal, became friends with MAST ambulance paramedics at Kauffman Stadium.  IAFF Local 42 member Lacy Rogers was able to help Roman find an out-of-service ambulance for his hometown.  The firefighters in Michigan were able to send 50 sets of gear that included boots and helmets. 

dominican12.jpgMonte Cristi’s previous equipment list looked like this:  an old mini van for an ambulance, a pick up truck for a fire engine, two fire extinguishers and three protective coats that had to be shared.  That list changed dramatically when the donated gear arrived in December, 2009!

We found out about this project from Rowinski, who sent along this slideshow of the group’s efforts in the Dominican Republic:



John Buck, Josh Anderson non-tendered; Royals sign Bannister, Colon, Davies for 2010

The Kansas City Royals announced that the club will not tender 2010 Major League contracts to catcher John Buck and outfielder Josh Anderson.  In addition, the Royals also reached agreements with right-handed pitchers Brian Bannister, Roman Colon and Kyle Davies on Major League contracts for 2010, avoiding arbitration.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Buck, 29, has spent his entire Major League career with the Royals after coming over in a trade from the Houston Astros in 2004.  He batted .247 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 59 games as KC’s backup catcher in 2009.

The 27-year old Anderson was acquired by the Royals on July 30 from the Detroit Tigers.  He hit .237 for KC with 12 stolen bases in part-time duty.

The 28-year old Bannister posted a 7-12 mark for Kansas City in 2009, his third season with the Royals, recording a 4.73 ERA in 26 starts.  He has recorded a 30-38 mark with a 4.79 ERA in 93 career games, 91 of which are starts.

Colon, 30, was 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA in 43 relief appearances for the Royals last season.  Acquired by Kansas City on July 13, 2007, he has an 8-10 career record with a 4.97 ERA over 116 appearances (8 starts) for the Braves, Tigers and Royals.


Davies, 26, compiled an 8-9 record and a 5.27 ERA in 22 starts for KC last season.  Acquired at the trading deadline in 2007 from the Atlanta Braves, Davies takes a 34-44 record and a 5.54 career ERA into next season.

The moves to non-tender Buck and Anderson currently place the Royals Major League 40-man roster at 38.

August Birthdays

Gubicza.jpgNewcomer Josh Anderson was born on August 10, 1982.  He shares his birthday with Antonio Banderas (49), sausage proprietor Jimmy Dean (81) and former Cleveland slugger and Royals coach Rocky Colavito (76).

Roman Colon turned 30 on August 13.  People born on the same day include Don Ho (79), Fidel Castro (83), Alfred Hitchcock (1899) and Annie Oakley (1860).

Royals Hall of Famer Mark Gubicza turned 47 on August 14.  Yes, the man with 14 strikeouts in a game was born on the 14th!  Fellow birthdays include comedian Steve Martin (64), Magic Johnson (50) and Halle Berry (43).

Last but certainly not least, Royals video coordinator Mark Topping celebrated his birthday on August 21.  Topper shares his birthday with the world’s fastest man, Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt (23), and singer/gambler Kenny Rogers (71).  The late Wilt Chamberlain, a University of Kansas product, was born on that date as well in 1936.

Back to School Drive a success

Back To School.JPGThank you Royals fans for donating during the fifth annual Back to School Drive last Thursday and Friday!  The school supplies will benefit the Primitivo Garcia Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo.  The K-7 neighborhood school is located in the heart of downtown.  Primitivo Garcia opened its doors in 1993 as a magnet school with an emphasis in world language.  It is now a comprehensive school that aims to develop life-long learners with a capacity for leadership and service, a quality demonstrated by the school’s namesake – Primitivo Garcia – who was shot and killed while trying to protect his teacher from violence in 1967.

Stacy Meche (second from left) and her husband Gil were the co-chairs of this year’s drive.  Pictured with Stacy from the left are Genevieve Bale, wife of John Bale; Betty Kaegel, Director of Community Outreach; and Monica Crespo, fiancée of Roman Colon.


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