Results tagged ‘ Salvador Perez ’
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
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.
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.
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
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