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Cast your vote! Royals open 2013 Hall of Fame balloting

Jermaine Dye is one of four players on the Royals Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

Jermaine Dye is one of four players on the Royals Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

The Kansas City Royals have announced that 2013 Royals Hall of Fame voting begins today. The on-line portion of this year’s vote will remain open to fans through Friday, March 29 at noon at www.royalshalloffame.com/vote.

The Royals Hall of Fame voting process was updated in 2011 into two phases. The Regular Phase takes place in odd-numbered years and focuses on former players. The Veterans Committee phase takes place in even-numbered and considers both non-field personnel and players who have previously received Royals Hall of Fame (Regular Phase) votes, but are no longer eligible for election in that manner. To be eligible for the first time, players must have been active with the Royals for at least three (3) seasons and accumulated a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances or 150 innings pitched. Candidates shall have ceased to be an active on-field member of the Royals (or for any other Major League organization) in the role for which they are being considered for at least three (3) calendar years preceding the election. The 2013 vote includes four first-time eligible players and six names that return after receiving at least 10 percent of the vote in 2011.

The eligible players on the 2013 Royals Hall of Fame ballot are (in alphabetical order): Emil Brown, OF (2005-2007); Al Cowens, OF (1974-1979); Jermaine Dye, OF (1997-2001); Al Fitzmorris, RHP (1969-1976); Jimmy Gobble, LHP (2003-2008); Runelvys Hernandez, RHP (2002-2006); Bo Jackson, OF (1986-1990); Darrell Porter, C (1977-1980); Kevin Seitzer, 3B (1986-1991); and John Wathan, C/OF/1B (1976-1985).

Fans will be joined by other voters, including all living members of the Royals Hall of Fame and select members of the Royals Board of Directors, Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Kansas City electronic media representatives and Royals front office staff, in selecting any Royals Hall of Fame inductees. The online fan ballot will account for three of forty overall votes with all three assigned to the highest vote getter, two votes for second highest vote getter, and one vote for the third highest vote getter. Any candidate receiving 75 percent of the vote will be elected and scheduled for induction during the 2013 season. Candidates must receive a minimum of ten percent of the ballots cast to remain eligible for inclusion on the ballot for the next Royals Hall of Fame (Regular Phase) voting cycle.

The Royals Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to celebrate the accomplishments of those players, coaches and other personnel who have made exceptional contributions to Kansas City Royals Baseball.

The first inductees were outfielder Amos Otis and pitcher Steve Busby. They have been joined by pitcher Paul Splittorff, second baseman Cookie Rojas, Manager Dick Howser, pitcher Dennis Leonard, designated hitter Hal McRae, shortstop Fred Patek, Club President Joe Burke, pitcher Larry Gura, Royals founders Ewing and Muriel Kauffman, third baseman George Brett, second baseman Frank White, first baseman John Mayberry, pitcher Dan Quisenberry, Manager Whitey Herzog, center fielder Willie Wilson, pitcher Jeff Montgomery, broadcaster Denny Matthews, pitcher Bret Saberhagen, pitcher Mark Gubicza, scout Art Stewart, pitcher Kevin Appier and Groundskeeper George Toma.

For more information and to vote for the Royals Hall of Fame, fans may visit www.royalshalloffame.com/vote.

Royals open Hall of Fame balloting to fans

The Royals have announced that, beginning with the 2011 ballot, fans will now have a part in Royals Hall of Fame voting.  Royals fans can make their votes count starting today until Friday, March 18 at noon at www.royals.com/hof.  At the site, you can “Tweet” your vote directly to your Twitter feed and “Like” it on Facebook!

The entire Royals Hall of Fame voting process has been updated and, beginning in 2011, will take place every other year.  To be eligible for the first time, players must have been active with the Royals for at least three (3) seasons and accumulated a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances or 150 innings pitched.  Candidates shall have ceased to be an active on-field member of the Royals (or for any other Major League organization) in the role for which they are being considered for at least three (3) calendar years preceding the election.  The 2011 vote under these new eligibility rules includes all first-time eligible candidates under previous rules and players who had received at least two votes in either of the two most recent RHOF voting cycles.

The 2011 Royals Hall of Fame candidates are (in alphabetical order): Brian Anderson, LHP (2003-2005); Kevin Appier, RHP (1989-1999; 2003-2004); Al Cowens, OF (1974-1979); Al Fitzmorris, RHP (1969-1976); Jason Grimsley, RHP (2001-2004); Bo Jackson, OF (1986-1990); Mike Macfarlane, C (1987-1994, 1996-1998); Darrell May, LHP (2002-2004); Brent Mayne, C (1990-1995, 2001-2003); Jose Offerman, INF (1996-1998); Darrell Porter, C (1977-1980); Joe Randa, 3B (1995-1996, 1999-2004); Kevin Seitzer, 3B (1986-1991); Scott Service, RHP (1997-1999); Michael Tucker, OF (1995-1996, 2002-2003); U.L. Washington, SS (1977-1984); John Wathan, C/OF/1B (1976-1985); and Kris Wilson, RHP (2000-2002).

Fans will be joined by other voters, including all living members of the Royals Hall of Fame and select members of the Royals Board of Directors, Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Kansas City electronic media representatives and Royals front office staff, in selecting Royals Hall of Fame inductees.  The online fan ballot will account for four votes with two assigned to the highest vote getter and one each to the second and third highest vote getters.  Any candidate receiving 75 percent of the vote will be elected and scheduled for induction during the 2011 season.  Candidates must receive a minimum of ten percent of the ballots cast to remain eligible for inclusion on the ballot for the next RHOF voting cycle.  In even-numbered years, a separate Veterans Committee vote will consider the candidacy of non-player personnel and players who received Royals Hall of Fame Voting (Regular Phase) votes, but are no longer eligible for election in that manner.

The Royals Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to celebrate the accomplishments of those players, coaches and other personnel who have made exceptional contributions to Kansas City Royals Baseball.

The first inductees were outfielder Amos Otis and pitcher Steve Busby.  They have been joined by pitcher Paul Splittorff, second baseman Cookie Rojas, Manager Dick Howser, pitcher Dennis Leonard, designated hitter Hal McRae, shortstop Fred Patek, Club President Joe Burke, pitcher Larry Gura, Royals founders Ewing and Muriel Kauffman, third baseman George Brett, second baseman Frank White, first baseman John Mayberry, pitcher Dan Quisenberry, Manager Whitey Herzog, center fielder Willie Wilson, pitcher Jeff Montgomery, broadcaster Denny Matthews, pitcher Bret Saberhagen, pitcher Mark Gubicza and scout Art Stewart.

For more information and to vote for the Royals Hall of Fame, fans may visit www.royals.com/hof.

Royals Hall of Fame marks one-year anniversary with new exhibits

HallOfFame_oneyear.jpgThe Royals are pleased to announce the addition of several new exhibits to the Royals Hall of Fame in celebration of the facility’s first anniversary on July 17.

“Cooperstown Corner” will feature artifacts on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.  To coincide with the club’s 25th anniversary of the Royals 1985 World Championship, this first exclusive traveling showcase includes unique World Series items from 100-plus years of baseball’s premier event, including the baseball used to start the very first Fall Classic in 1903.

The “Kansas City Connection” salutes all the National Baseball Hall of Fame Members with a direct tie to Kansas City.  The list will grow to 46 later this month when former Royals manager Whitey Herzog is inducted and includes some of the most legendary names in the game.  Nearly one of every six Hall of Famers has a direct connection to one of Kansas City’s professional baseball teams. 

Also on display is an exhibit exploring the evolution of the bat, the glove and the baseball itself.  This hands-on exhibit chronicles the history of equipment essential to the game.

The Royals Hall of Fame gallery also features a special “Fathers and Sons” story highlighting the three family duos that have played for the Royals – the McRaes, the Wathans, and the Bannisters.  The Royals welcome submissions of special photos of fathers and their children for a collage that serves as an introduction to the exhibit.  For submission information and any other information on the Royals Hall of Fame, visit Royals.com.

The new exhibits further enhance the pre-existing fan-favorites, including the Dugout Theater which showcases the 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award-winning film documenting the history of baseball in Kansas City.

Located in Kauffman Stadium’s Outfield Experience, the Royals Hall of Fame features interactive displays and exhibits that chronicle Kansas City’s baseball history from 1884 to the present. The facility is open seven days a week for tours and is free to all fans during every Royals game. 

Royals Hall of Fame Dugout Theater Film wins a 2010 CINE Award

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The Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame Dugout Theater Film has won a 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award.  The award, presented bi-annually by CINE, recognizes high-quality film production that is clear, concise and innovative in its structure and writing, with strong visuals, sound elements, and editing.  CINE presents the award to films in 32 categories among nearly 1,000 nominated entries and the winners are chosen by over 400 jurors nationwide.
The Royals award-winning 15-minute film documents the history of baseball in Kansas City on a 36-foot long movie screen.

If you haven’t been out to the Royals Hall of Fame recently, be sure to stop by.  Several new exhibits are now on display!

5-5 (Cinco de Mayo)

Brett_Uhlich_5.jpgIn honor of Cinco de Mayo, here is one of our favorite pictures from last year’s opening of the Royals Hall of Fame.  Hall of Famer George Brett and Kevin Uhlich, Royals’ Senior Vice President-Business Operations, are taking a look at the giant number ‘5’.  3,154 baseballs are in the display – one for every hit in Brett’s career. 

If you haven’t been to the Royals Hall of Fame, we suggest going before a game.  If you toured the RHOF last year, it’s time to go back!  The RHOF staff is continuously updating the exhibits.  For example, Joakim Soria recently set the record for saves by a Mexican-born pitcher.  His hat from that game was on display a few days later!

Royals and Stroud's team up to bring pan-fried chicken to Kauffman Stadium

A Kansas City favorite is coming to The K!  The Royals and Stroud’s Restaurant have entered into a three-year agreement to provide Stroud’s famous pan-fried chicken and other favorites to Royals fans at Kauffman Stadium beginning in 2010. 

The new Stroud’s Kauffman Stadium location will be connected to the Royals Hall of Fame building in left field, tying together two true Kansas City traditions with the Royals Hall of Fame and Stroud’s restaurants. 

“We are extremely excited to bring Stroud’s into the “K” and make their legendary chicken and cinnamon rolls available to our fans,” said Royals Senior VP-Business Operations Kevin Uhlich.  “Our goal throughout the renovation process was to create a fan experience that was unique for Kansas City and make it the best in the Major Leagues.  Stroud’s aligns perfectly with our intentions.”

“Stroud’s has always had a great association with the Kansas City Royals as several players, past and present, visit Stroud’s on a regular basis,” said Stroud’s owner Michael T. Donegan.  “We appreciate the opportunity of serving the Royals and their fans and hope to see everyone at the new K.”

The Stroud’s Kauffman Stadium location will serve their famous two-piece chicken dinner, fried and grilled chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers and their brand-new buffalo wings.  In addition, Stroud’s world-famous cinnamon rolls will be available with the dinners as well as a la carte. 

Stroud’s was established in 1933 at the now-defunct 85th and Troost location and since then, has received many national awards such as the James Beard Award for Excellence and the Zagat Award for Best Restaurant.  Stroud’s has also been featured in National and International publications including Wall Street Journal, Gourmet Magazine, New York Times, People Magazine, Esquire, Bon Appetit and Condé Nast.  Stroud’s currently operates two Kansas City locations at Oak Ridge Manor in Kansas City, Mo., and Stroud’s South in Fairway, Kan.  For more information, please visit the Stroud’s website at www.stroudsrestaurant.com

 

Introducing the Royals Hall of Fame blog on royals.com

Around the Horn is pleased to tell you about a new Royals blog that will cover the latest news from the Royals Hall of Fame.  “Royals Then, Now & Forever” (http://royalshof.mlblogs.com/) will feature event updates, stories and trivia from RHOF Director Curt Nelson and his staff. 

Some of the first posts include a “This Date in Royals History” feature.  We learned quite a bit from the first few posts.  We think you will, too.  Bookmark it today!

Photos: Minor league award winners tour Royals Hall of Fame

Tonight is Futures’ Night at The K.  Come out early before the 7:10 start to meet the players and pitchers of the year from all the Royals minor league clubs!  They will be participating in a Q&A/autograph session from 5:15 to 6:15 near Gate A (outside of the Royals Hall of Fame.)  The award winners will be recognized in an on-field ceremony prior to the game.

Curt HOF tour.jpgYesterday, the award winners watched batting practice and toured the Royals Hall of Fame.  Each of the award winners has their picture included in the minor league display at the RHOF.  As you can see, this was a popular photo-op for our minor league stars!

Today, the group made several visits in the Kansas City community.  Check back for pictures of the tour!

 

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Players, coaches and staff tour Hall of Fame

Player HOF tour.jpgRoyals players were instructed by Trey Hillman to be at the ballpark and in their batting practice uniforms by 2:30 today for a special event.  The surprise was a tour of the new Royals Hall of Fame, set up by Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting Mike Swanson. 

Player HOF tour 2.jpgPlayers and staff watched the video from the dugout theater that tells the story of baseball in Kansas City and of the Royals.  They then had some time to walk through the exhibit area before having to hustle back to the clubhouse to get ready for batting practice.  The tour received a seal of approval from the players and staff, including catcher Miguel Olivo, who told Swanson that the video gave him goosebumps.

The Royals Hall of Fame opens FRIDAY – here's a sneak peek!

Frank.JPGThe Royals will dedicate the new Royals Hall of Fame with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:05 on Friday.  After the brief ceremony, the Hall of Fame will be open to fans.  No separate ticket is required for the Hall of Fame for fans with game tickets.  Fans will be admitted every 15 minutes in groups of 40 to tour the Hall of Fame, which features interactive displays and exhibits that chronicle Kansas City’s baseball history from 1884 to the present. 


George with Kevin Uhlich.JPGThe Royals Hall of Fame will be open during all home games and will operate daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the baseball season.  On Thursday, there was a media tour and a reception for the Hall of Fame Classic.  Royals photographer Chris Vleisides snapped a few pictures of Royals greats George Brett and Frank White as they took their first glimpses at the new displays.  They say pictures are worth a thousand words…or in this case, 3,154…the number of hits George had, and the number of baseballs in this display.

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