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Royals set club record with three Gold Glove winners!

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., and ESPN2 announced tonight that a club record three Kansas City Royals ¬– left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have won American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.  The three Rawlings Gold Glove winners mark the first time since 1989 that Kansas City has had multiple honorees.  The Royals’ three Rawlings Gold Glove winners tied Baltimore for the Major League lead.

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.  Center fielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar were also named finalists for the award.

Gordon became the first Royal to win three-straight Rawlings Gold Glove Awards since second baseman Frank White won six-straight, from 1977-82.  Alex joins Amos Otis (1971, 1973-74) as the only Royals outfielders to win three awards.  Gordon tied for the Major League lead with 17 outfield assists, after finishing second in 2012 and leading MLB with 20 assists in 2011.  His 54 assists since the start of 2011 are the most in the Majors, 16 more than the next-closest active outfielder (Torii Hunter).  He led American League left fielders in games (160), innings (1364.1), total chances (341) and putouts (323), while committing just one error for a .997 fielding percentage.  Gordon, a former third baseman, earned his first career Rawlings Gold Glove in 2011, his first full season in the outfield.

Hosmer became the first Kansas City first baseman to be honored with a Rawlings Gold Glove, and first Royals infielder to be honored since Mark Grudzielanek (2B) in 2006. A finalist for a Gold Glove in 2012, Hosmer earned the award after leading American League first sackers in games played (158) and assists (122), while finishing second in innings (1372.1), total chances (1,335) and putouts (1,205).  His .994 fielding percentage ranked fourth among the league’s first basemen with at least 1,200 chances.

Perez is just the second Royals’ catcher to be honored with a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, joining Bob Boone in 1989.  Named an All-Star for the first time in his career, Perez led American League catchers with a Royals’ record 71 assists as well as 23 base runners caught stealing, while his 35.2 caught stealing percentage ranked second among qualifying catchers.  Perez also ranked second among A.L. backstops in games (137), innings (1115.1), total chances (1,008), putouts (930).  He was also charged with just three passed balls, the fewest among American League catchers with at least 100 games behind the plate.
Gordon, Hosmer and Perez give the Royals 23 Rawlings Gold Gloves honorees in franchise history, while Hosmer and Perez become the 11th and 12th different players honored.  Gordon earned the ninth Gold Glove given to a Kansas City outfielder (fifth different outfielder).

For the first time in its 57-year history, Rawlings added a sabermetric component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process, as part of its new collaboration with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).  The SABR Defensive Index comprised of approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total, with the managers and coaches’ vote continuing to carry the majority.

Voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ presented by SABR began at the conclusion of the awards show at www.rawlings.com, allowing the general public to weigh in as to who is “The Finest in the Field®” in both the American League and National League.  A combination of the international fan vote and the SABR Defensive Index will determine who takes home the honor of each League’s top defensive player.  The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners will be unveiled during the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony presented by Gold Sport Collectibles on Friday, November 8, 2013, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Five Royals named finalists for 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

Salvador Perez is a Rawlings Gold Glove finalist for the first time.

Salvador Perez is a Rawlings Gold Glove finalist for the first time.

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corportation, announced today that five Royals – center fielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar, left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have been named 2013 American League Gold Glove Award finalists.  The Royals’ five finalists are second-most in the A.L., behind Baltimore’s six and tied for second-most in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Rawlings also announced that award winners will be revealed on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. CT, during a special edition of “Baseball Tonight/The 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award ® Announcement Show”, which will air on ESPN2.  The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League ™ and National League ™, as voted by Major League managers and coaches.

Ned Yost media session: September 17, 2013

Royals manager Ned Yost met with reporters before tonight’s important matchup with the Cleveland Indians. Kansas City will hand the ball to 22-year-old Yordano Ventura, who is making his major league debut as the team takes aim at a wildcard spot. The skipper was asked if jitters and command were the biggest concern for the rookie. “We don’t really have a concern. We are just going to let him go out and pitch. We will keep an eye on him and see how he does.” Yost went on to say, “He will be fine. He has great stuff and a lot of confidence.” The manager also said there wasn’t a pitch limit for Ventura if he continues to throw strikes. He also noted the bullpen is ready to go if needed.

One of the big pluses for Ventura is having an All-Star backstop at his disposal. Ned Yost was asked what kind of luxury it is to have Salvador Perez behind the plate for a young guy like Ventura. “Sal knows Cleveland. He is going to be able to help him defensively. We are going to tell Ventura to stay with Sal. He just needs to concentrate on throwing strikes and let Sal handle the pitch selection. He can be successful by just staying with Sal.”

By Kent Klooster

Photos: Sal’s clutch homer

Here’s a look back at the homer by Salvador Perez on Saturday night.  KC won 4-3!

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Ned Yost media session: September 7, 2013

The Royals’ skipper, Ned Yost, met with the media prior to tonight’s contest with the Detroit Tigers.  In what was a short media conference, Yost first addressed questions regarding the return of injured second baseman Chris Getz.  Yost stated that Getz was cleared by the league to play just before game time last night, and will be available today.   Yost then discussed the adaptation that catcher Salvador Perez will undergo to limit the possibility of further blows from foul tips.  The manager stated that Perez will try to situate himself six to twelve inches closer to the batter to change the angle of possible deflections.  Perez may also try a hockey style mask versus the traditional style he normally wears.

The Royals and Tigers meet for the second game of the three game set, with series finale tomorrow at 1:10 pm.  Kansas City and Detroit have split the season series 7-7.

By Henry Wear

Ned Yost media session: August 13, 2013

During last night’s victory the Royals had a scare when Mike Moustakas left the game in the fifth inning.  His calf tightened up on him while rounding second base on Justin Maxwell’s RBI triple. Today at Ned Yost’s daily press conference he was asked about the status of his young third baseman. “He has a grade one strain. He feels a little better. It is going to be a day-to-day thing. He looked better walking in here today than he looked walking out of here last night. He had a pretty pronounced limp when he left last night, which made me worry a bit but came in today just barely limping. We will evaluate it day-to-day,” said Yost.

Without Salvador Perez in the lineup, who is just getting a day off, and with Moustakas out nursing a sore calf the skipper inserted David Lough in the five hole. The manager was asked about the decision.  Ned had this to say, “We are just looking for some balance. We are always looking for balance. If we batted Lough in the leadoff position we didn’t really have anyone who could fill the number five spot.”

With the Royals winning 18 of 23 since the All-Star break, the fans are getting excited about this team and potential playoff possibilities. Ned was asked if he has noticed a change in the energy around the stands and in the city. “The excitement level is great. The fans have great anticipation when they walk through the gates every day. I think we all sense the fans are excited about the way we were playing.” Yost went on to joke, “I don’t have near as many fans scream at me back behind the dugout since we have been playing well, which is a nice thing.”

By Kent Klooster

Ned Yost media session: August 10, 2013

Royals manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon prior to game three of a four-game set with the Red Sox.  Yost first stated the probable return of pitcher Wade Davis and catcher Salvador Perez as they both figure to rejoin the team for tomorrow’s day game.  Davis is scheduled to start on Monday against the Marlins.

Yost then discussed the importance of the trade deadline acquisition of outfielder Justin Maxwell, especially with Lorenzo Cain’s recent trip to the DL.  “It’s been huge to get another right-handed batter in there, and we knew there was a possibility of this happening and so we wanted to protect ourselves with another power right-handed bat on this team and it turned out to be a pretty good deal for us.”

Yost then went on to talk of the recent surge at the plate for shortstop Alcides Escobar.  “He’s been working on some mechanical issues, he’s staying more upright and his bat is staying for level through the zone.  He’s able to hit the ball harder on the line up the middle and to hit to right field which is his strength.  He’s been much more consistent in his mechanics right now.”

Yost concluded by giving praise to the fan support in last night’s come from behind victory.  “It was amazing last night, the atmosphere and the excitement of all the fans especially in the sixth inning.  You know generally you’re so focused on what’s happening in the game, you don’t hear what’s going on, but it was so loud and vibrant in the sixth inning that you stop and look around and everyone is standing, that’s a fun feeling.”

The Royals and the Red Sox meet for the sixth time this evening with Kansas City leading the season series 4-1.  With a win tonight the Royals would also claim their seventh straight series victory.

By Henry Wear

Ned Yost media session: August 8, 2013

Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez has been on the shelf since Sunday due to a concussion which he sustained at New York. Today at Ned Yost’s afternoon press conference he was asked about his catcher.
“He is out running right now, so that is a good sign. He is progressing nicely.” The manager went on to talk about concussion tests now and back when he played. “Back then there was no test. We didn’t know what they were back then. Now they have a much better understanding what they are and the damage that can be done if you ignore them. Sal is an extremely important component of our team.  We need to make sure we deal with it right.  His was a slight concussion so the healing process should be faster. We are hoping to stay in the seven day range.”
The Red Sox come into town boasting the American League’s best record. The skipper was asked how he wants to see his team respond to a good team like the Red Sox. “It’s a big series for us but we don’t look at it like we will gauge where we are at. We want to come out tonight and compete and ultimately win a baseball game,” said Yost.

Ned Yost media session: July 20, 2013

Kansas City manager Ned Yost met with the media prior to the second game of a three-game set with Detroit. Yost first discussed the defensive talents of All-Star catcher Salvador Perez and his ability to effect the running game on a daily basis. “If Sal’s given the opportunity, nine times out of ten he’s going to throw you out, but you have to have the opportunity. They’re going to try to be opportunistic, they’re going to try to steal on the pitcher more than Sal.” He’s very accurate, he’s very athletic for a big guy, his feet and his upper body work extremely well together, he’s very short in the bottom half of his delivery, he’s very quick footed for a big guy.”

Yost was then asked what keys would be important tonight for starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in his matchup with sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. “The keys are the same every game for these guys. He’s going to have to be able to pitch down in the zone, use both sides of the plate, and change speeds effectively.”

Yost concluded by addressing how much the presence of Miguel Cabrera is on the minds of opposing managers. “A lot, we were going the whole way in the eighth inning trying to do everything we can do to avoid getting him up in the ninth inning.” The Royals held Cabrera to an 0-for-3 night on Friday.

KC’s All-Stars meet with media

SAMSUNG CSCRoyals skipper Ned Yost met with the media prior to today’s series finale with Oakland.  The media conference today surrounded the recent news of the All-Star selections for left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez.  Yost first discussed what it means to the organization to have two players representing the team in New York.  “It was a huge sense of pride for all of us. It’s such a special accomplishment to be named an All-Star.  I’ve had the opportunity to go to five different All-Star Games and they are once in a lifetime deals.  You can’t explain to anybody how much fun and how special the All-Star Game is, but more than anything else is that for the rest of your life you’re known as a Major League All-Star.”

Both Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez were present at the conference, and they echoed Yost’s sentiments.  Perez stated, “I was extremely happy when Ned announced that Alex was going to the All Star game, I was somewhat surprised that Ned said he wasn’t going alone, and that I was going along.  It’s going to be something special.  Gordon followed by stating, “It’s a great honor especially to be picked by the players that’s a big honor.  It’s a huge honor for me and Salvy to get picked by the players.  I think Ned and Dayton have done a tremendous job in developing this team.”

The Royals begin a seven game road trip tomorrow that will lead them in to the All Star break.  Gordon and Perez are set to make their All Star debuts on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.

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