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Mike Sweeney will be the 26th player inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame prior to tonight’s game. has gotten to know Sweeney since taking over as the Royals skipper and described him as, “a phenomenal baseball player, but he’s a phenomenal human being too.”
Sweeney was extremely thankful and emotional to the entire Royals organization for selecting him to become the 26th member of the Royals Hall of Fame. Sweeney described the many adversities he overcame throughout his career to get to where he is today and credited his father as being his inspiration during the tough times. Some of those adversities included being told his chances of catching for the Royals were zero and that he should pack his bags lightly for Spring Training in 1998, having his father diagnosed with cancer, struggling his first couple of years in Rookie ball and many more. Sweeney told the media how he was willing to take less money in order to stay a Royal, even when the team was struggling and other teams like the Yankees were offering him much larger contracts. Finally, he described being inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame as one of the greatest day in his life.
Prior to Sweeney’s talk, Yost took to the podium for his regular media session. The main topic of discussion other than Sweeney was catcher Salvador Perez, who has sat out the past few games with a bruised wrist. He was cleared to play by the team doctors yesterday according to Yost, and will be starting in tonight’s game.
By Sal DeFeo
Royals’ All-Star relievers Wade Davis and Greg Holland were both roughed up in last night’s loss to the Angels. Manager Yost was not surprised by their performances, because he knows how tough it is to play in the Majors and everyone is human. Prior to the last two games, the Royals had won 111 straight games when holding a lead heading into the eighth inning. “Not one time in those 111 games was I ever really comfortable, cause I know you’re playing the best competition in the world,” Yost said regarding the streak.
According to Yost, Holland pitches a lot better when he has been pitching more often, compared to coming off multiple days of rest. Yost described this situation as similar to using a six-man rotation, where pitchers get too much rest and lose their sharpness and the command of their pitches.
On the injury front, catcher Salvador Perez has sat out the past few games with a bruised wrist. Perez will have his wrist looked at today by the team doctors to determine where he is at in his recovery, after which Yost will decide Salvy’s timetable for returning.
By Sal DeFeo
The Royals and Edinson Volquez are looking for their second-straight sweep tonight at ‘The K’. Kansas City has won five-straight and manager Ned Yost is extremely pleased with his team. “They come in everyday and take care of business,” Yost said. “I’ve never seen a group of guys who love to play baseball so much.”
Catcher Salvador Perez received an MRI on his wrist this morning and it came back clean. He will not be in the lineup tonight as a precautionary measure and is listed as day-to-day. “Salvy called me right after the MRI and asked if he was in the lineup,” said Yost. “We’re just being careful with him right now.”
Yordano Ventura made a solid start for Kansas City last night and the media asked Yost if new Royals ace Johnny Cueto was having a positive influence on the young righty. “Ventura, Cueto and Volquez talk all the time,” Yost said. “You can see them in the corner of the dugout watching each other on the mound. They critique and learn from one another. It’s really a great thing they have going.
By Eric Paulson
The red-hot Royals look to extend their winning streak to seven games today against the Blue Jays. Chris Young will take the bump for the Royals and is taking on Toronto’s left-hander Mark Buehrle. After a long night yesterday, manager Ned Yost said he knows his guys may be tired but expects them to come out with the same energy that they have had all year.
Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez will not be in today’s lineup. Instead, Jarrod Dyson and Drew Butera will be holding down their respective positions for Kansas City. “It was a long night yesterday and we need to be careful with quick turnarounds like today’s game,” said Yost, “with Gordo out, I just want to be extra careful with key role players like Cain and Salvy.”
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., and ESPN2 announced tonight that three Kansas City Royals ¬– left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have won American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for the second-straight season. The three Rawlings Gold Glove winners are tied for the most in team history after all three players were honored with the awards in 2013. The Royals’ three Rawlings Gold Glove winners were tied for the Major League lead with the Baltimore Orioles’ three selections.
The awards were voted on by American League managers and coaches and honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American and National Leagues. Shortstop Alcides Escobar was also named a finalist for the award.
Gordon picked up his fourth-straight Rawlings Gold Glove Award, which is the longest active streak in the American League and second-longest in the Majors behind St. Louis’ Yadier Molina, who earned his seventh-straight award tonight. He is the second Royals player to win a Gold Glove in four consecutive years, joining Frank White, who won six-straight (1977-82) and eight overall. Gordon tied for 11th in the American League with eight outfield assists this season, while his 62 assists since the start of 2011 are the most in the Major Leagues in that span. He led all A.L. outfielders in games (156) and innings (1372.2) for the second-straight year and finished sixth in putouts (341) and committed just two errors in 351 chances for a .994 fielding percentage. Gordon, a former third baseman, earned his first career Rawlings Gold Glove in 2011, his first full season in the outfield.
Hosmer earned his second-straight Rawlings Gold Glove and the first American League first sacker to win in back-to-back years since Mark Teixeira did it with the Yankees in 2009-10. He is the only Royals first baseman to be honored with a Gold Glove. The 25-year-old missed a month of the season with a broken hand, but still played the second-most games at first base (130) in the American League and also finished second in total chances (1141), putouts (1043), assists (88) and fourth in zone rating (.854).
Perez also earned back-to-back Rawlings Gold Glove honors, becoming the fourth-straight American League catcher to win the award in at least two consecutive years, joining Ivan Rodriguez (2006-07), Joe Mauer (2008-10) and Matt Wieters (2011-12). He and Bob Boone (1989) are the only Royals catchers to win the award. Salvy set a club record, playing 146 games behind the plate during the regular season, while his 161 games including the postseason were the most ever by a Major League catcher. He led the American League in catcher pickoffs (four) with his 13 career picks tied for fourth among active MLB backstops. An All-Star for the second-straight year, Perez also ranked second in the A.L. in putouts (1037), third in assists (72) and fifth in runners caught stealing (23) this season.
Art Stewart has been part of the Kansas City Royals organization since late 1969, just after the club’s inaugural season. Anyone that has ever met Art has heard at least one of his stories. He recalls them with such accuracy that he often remembers not just the date of the story but the day of the week it occurred. For years, the only way to hear those stories was from the man himself. Now, those stories of Stewart’s life as a scout can be found in a book, The Art of Scouting. With the help of Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star, the stories come to life as Art details the behind the scenes life of a professional baseball scout.
“I dedicated the book to the scouts, past and present,” Stewart said at a press conference at Kauffman Stadium on July 10. “I really wanted to convey what a scouts life was like, the ups and downs and tell their story not just my own.”
“When [people] go out to a game, a lot of people don’t realize that every player on that field has been found by a scout,” said Stewart, who went on to note that players are discovered in small Nebraska towns, the inner-cities and developing nations like the Dominican Republic.
Stewart recalls conversations with Branch Rickey, who gave Art plenty of advice and words he still carries with him today, including that scouts are the “faceless men of baseball.” Behind the scenes, the game wouldn’t happen without them. To the public, most go unrecognized.
Whether it’s a story about being shot at in a foreign country, sneaking into a home so he could listen in on an opposing team’s offer to player, or the detailed description of the time and effort it took for the Royals to sign Bo Jackson, there’s a story for every baseball fan.
You may purchase a copy of The Art of Scouting at the Royals Majestic Team Store or online from Barnes and Noble
There will be a book signing this Saturday, July 26, at the Rally House in Independence, Mo., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All-Star catcher Salvador Perez will make a special appearance during the signing. Please note that fans must purchase a copy of the book to receive one additional autographed item (signed by either Stewart or Perez) at the publisher’s request.
By Nate Rowan
Outfielder Alex Gordon, pitcher Greg Holland and catcher Salvador Perez were presented with their personalized Majestic All-Star jerseys prior to Friday’s game. Todd Bradney, National Sales Manager for Majestic Athletics, was on hand to present the jerseys, along with Royals General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost. The selections of Gordon, Holland and Perez mark the first time that the Royals have had as many as three All-Star representatives in consecutive years since 1987-88.
The Royals will be represented at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis next week by the same three players as last year in New York: Greg Holland, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez. The trio took part in a press conference earlier today with local media. Unfortunately due to a wrist injury left fielder Alex Gordon will miss the mid-summer classic at Target Field, though he will still travel to Minnesota to take part in the festivities and be with his teammates.
It will be hard for anything to top last year’s game for Perez, who caught Mariano Rivera’s final All-Star inning in the eighth, a moment Salvy described as something he will never forget. Holland on the other hand took a totally different story back from Citi Field. When the call from the American League dugout came that the Royals closer should begin to warm up, all Greg could think about was not blowing the lead for Rivera’s moment. As he approached the gate to the field those thoughts continued and as he emerged through the open gate, Holland gazed upon an open field. Not a single one of his A.L. teammates took the diamond for the bottom of the seventh inning. His first thought was that he accidentally trotted out for the National League but it wasn’t until he arrived at the mound did he realize that he was staring Marc Anthony, a famous recording artist, in the face as Anthony was set to sing God Bless America. Holland made a cool move towards his team’s dugout until the signing began, leaving Greg on the warning track in front of the dugout. Holly was sure he’d catch some flak from other players for the incident but he never has.
The three Royals echoed each other in saying it is rewarding to be recognized back-to-back seasons for the work they do to stay fresh and focused throughout the season. Holland and Gordon specifically indicated the other’s rigorous routine day in and day out and that it’s nice to see that work consistently pay off in the form of back-to-back All-Star selections.
By Nate Rowan
For the second-straight season, three Kansas City Royals – catcher Salvador Perez, outfielder Alex Gordon and relief pitcher Greg Holland – will represent the club at the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced this evening. All three players will be making their second consecutive appearances at the Mid-Summer Classic, with the trio being voted onto the American League squad by their peers. It was also announced that Perez will start the game due to injury to Baltimore’s Matt Wieters, who received the most votes among A.L. catchers. This marks the first time since the 1987 and 1988 seasons that the Royals have had three players named to the All-Star team in consecutive seasons.
Perez, 24, becomes the first Royals position player to start an All-Star Game since Jermaine Dye in 2000, while he’s the first KC catcher to be named to back-to-back games since Darrell Porter did it in 1979-80. Salvy is hitting .285 this season with 17 doubles, 10 homers and 29 RBI. He entered play today ranked sixth in the A.L., hitting .317 (72-for-227) against right-handed pitching and also led the league’s backstops in hits (85), doubles (17), slugging (.449) and multi-hit games (22). Perez singled and scored a run in last season’s Mid-Summer Classic, catching the final three innings.
Gordon, 30, makes his second-straight All-Star team, becoming the first Royals outfielder to make consecutive appearances since Willie Wilson played in the 1982-83 contests. He’s batting .263 with 23 doubles, 9 homers and 42 RBI. He hit .319 (22-for-69) over the first 19 games in the month of June and entered the day tied for seventh in the league with 23 doubles. Gordon has recorded six outfield assists this season, which ranked seventh in the A.L., entering today, while his 60 assists 2011 are the most in the Majors. He also played the final three innings in left field in last year’s tilt, going 0-for-1.
Holland, 28, will make his second-straight All-Star appearance, being voted on for the first time. He’s the first Royals’ hurler to make back-to-back teams since Jeff Montgomery did it in 1992-93. Greg is 1-2 on the season with 23 saves, a 1.93 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. His 23 saves ranked second in the league entering play today, while his 13.78 strikeouts per nine innings ranked sixth among A.L. relievers. Holland has converted 70 of 74 save opportunities since the start of 2013, with his total leading the league. He faced two hitters in last season’s game, getting a ground out and allowing a single.
The 85th All-Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. CT at Target Field in Minneapolis. The contest will be televised nationally on FOX and also broadcast on ESPN Radio.
Most of the talk pregame with manager Ned Yost was about Salvador Perez, who fouled a ball of his left leg in the seventh inning during last night’s game. Perez was replaced by Brett Hayes following the inning and Perez will not start tonight, though Yost indicated Perez would be available to pinch hit. Yost also said he planned on giving Perez a day off Sunday and when Salvador arrived at the ballpark the swelling was greater than anticipated so Hayes will get the start behind the plate, catching left-hander Danny Duffy who makes his first start of the season after Bruce Chen was placed on the disabled list Friday.
While Perez is not in the starting lineup he will be participating in a pregame ceremony to honor the Royals 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove recipients. He will be joined by first baseman Eric Hosmer and left fielder Alex Gordon. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Rawlings Gold Glove t-shirt, courtesy of Papa John’s.
By Nate Rowan