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On Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Royals players will be signing autographs at Hy-Vee locations in Gladstone, Lee’s Summit, and Overland Park as part of the 27th Annual Royals Wives Food Drive. Participating players will sign autographs for a $5 donation or five cans of food. The locations and players are as follows:
Gladstone (7117 N. Prospect): David DeJesus and Ron Mahay
Lee’s Summit (310 SW Ward Road): Billy Butler and Mark Teahen
Overland Park (8900 W. 135th Street): Willie Bloomquist and Mitch Maier
All donations go to St. James Place food pantry and its sister site, the Bishop Sullivan Center. Come on out to get your groceries and meet a few Royals before heading out to Kauffman for Salute to the Negro Leagues Day and the Monarchs jersey giveaway!
The Royals aren’t the only area team playing games in Surprise. KU’s baseball squad had a weekend set against perennial national powerhouse Arizona State.
On Saturday, the Jayhawks received a tour of Royals camp. Catcher John Buck fashioned a KU baseball hat and gave pointers to a few members of the KU squad, who proceeded to defeat the 4th-ranked Sun Devils, 3-2.
Earlier in camp, Buck sported Florida Gators gear as a prank toward Ryan Shealy, a former Florida standout.
Now, John has adopted another prominent university. Buck proudly took bragging rights over teammate and ASU alum Willie Bloomquist.
Trey Hillman has released a tentative lineup for Wednesday’s charity game against the Texas Rangers (the game will count in the Cactus League standings.)
Note that Mark Teahen is scheduled to get the start at second, which is expected to be a position up for grabs this spring. Here are photos of Teahen, Bloomquist, Alberto Callaspo, and Esteban German, who are all vying for the position.
The early days of Spring Training are dedicated to the fundamentals. Bunting, sliding, and defense are a few of the drills being emphasized in Surprise. Let’s take a look:
First base coach Rusty Kuntz specializes in teaching baserunning. He had everyone take off their shoes for this fun drill…it looks like some of the guys were taken back to their Slip ‘n Slide days! (Left – Willie Bloomquist, right – Billy Butler, below right – Alex Gordon)
Every player has been working on getting the bunt down…including Kila Ka’aihue.
The outfielders worked with Kuntz on technique (below left). Coco Crisp later spent some time fielding batting practice.
Crisp and his teammates were all smiles as they took some cuts in the cage.
Greetings, Royals fans! Team photographer Chris Vleisides is in Surprise. He sent along pictures from the last few days. Here are some of your newest Royals in action – Willie Bloomquist, Coco Crisp, Tug Hulett, and Mike Jacobs. Check back as we will post more pictures from Spring Training!
9,500 fans flocked to the Overland Park Convention Center for the 2009 Royals FanFest. The main stage was home to a variety of question and answer sessions. Let’s take a look at a few of the highlights:
General Manager Dayton Moore explains his thoughts on the 2009 Royals to Ryan Lefebvre and Tim Scott. At right, Ryan interviews the newest Royals. (Left to right – Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Jacobs, Coco Crisp, Willie Bloomquist)
The broadcasters held court on Saturday for some unscripted banter. Mike Swanson, VP of Communications and Broadcasting for the Royals, chats with Denny Matthews as Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Stewart, and Joel Goldberg look on.
One of Sunday’s most popular events was the Kids Only Press Conference. David DeJesus, Alex Gordon, and Willie Bloomquist took some tough questions from the youngsters in the crowd.
Fans at the main stage took home some new Royals gear as members of the K Crew tossed items to the crowd before and after each event.
FanFest is just four days away, and we have big news to report! You can meet the newest members of the team this weekend at the Overland Park Convention Center. It was just announced that Willie Bloomquist, Coco Crisp, Kyle Farnsworth, and Mike Jacobs will all be in attendance!
Visit the FanFest page on royals.com where you can purchase tickets and read about all of the activities.
Photo: Tony Gutierrez/AP
The Royals added a versatile player to the puzzle today by signing free agent infielder/outfielder Willie Bloomquist, a veteran of seven seasons, all with Seattle.
Bloomquist batted .279 in 2008 (71 games). Despite limited playing time, he has reached double digits in steals in four of the last five seasons. He has 71 lifetime steals in 87 attempts (82 percent). Willie can play all of the infield and outfield positions. Since 2006, he is the only Major League player to play at least 30 games at second, short, third and the outfield.
Willie is a native of Bremerton, Washington, and a graduate of Port Orchard High in Washington. The Mariners drafted him for the first time in the eighth round of the 1996 draft, but he chose to accept a scholarship to Arizona State University. Bloomquist attended ASU for three years and helped the Sun Devils reach the College World Series championship game in 1998. As a junior, he was named both the Pac-10 Player of the Year and an Academic All-American. Willie also gave up his scholarship so fellow Sun Devil Andrew Beinbrink could return for his senior year. Seattle selected Willie in the third round in 1999, and he had been in the Mariners organization since that point…until today.
Bloomquist will have a short commute to the Spring Training complex in Surprise as he resides in Peoria, Arizona with his wife and two daughters. Welcome Willie!