Results tagged ‘ Willie Wilson ’

Royals alums Eisenreich, Wilson lead Special Olympics clinic

Special Olympians from the Metro KC area took part in a clinic today at Kauffman Stadium.  Former Royals outfielders Jim Eisenreich and Willie Wilson led the clinic.  Afterwards, the participants received autographs from the pair.

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Crow’s Nest: Royals pitcher visits his elementary school on Caravan

Crow_Auburn1School visits are a big hit on Royals Caravan and mascot Sluggerrr meets with students throughout the year.  However, it isn’t everyday that a player can retrace his roots while on Caravan.  Kansas native and Royals pitcher Aaron Crow had that opportunity on Thursday as the Caravan contingent rolled into Auburn, Kan., population 1,227.  The assembly at Auburn Elementary included a presentation of stadium seats from The K (and the Caravan participants autographed the seats)!  Let’s take a look at photos of Crow along with Eric Hosmer, Everett Teaford, Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson, broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre and Sluggerrr:

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Royals Caravan visits KU Med

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A pair of Caravan groups started their two-day treks across Royals Country today with a stop at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.  One Caravan is now moving north to Nebraska, with a return stop in St. Joseph, Mo., tomorrow.  The second Caravan is traveling west with visits in Kansas today and tomorrow.

For a full list of Caravan stops, visit royals.com/caravan

Above – Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Johnny Giavotella; below – Aaron Crow

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Above, Billy Butler and Johnny Giavotella

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Royals Awards Luncheon Photos (1 of 2)

Here are photos from today’s luncheon, beginning with Alex Gordon receiving his 2011 Les Milgram Player of the Year honor from Ned Yost
2)  George Brett, Mike Sweeney and Willie Wilson talked baseball with host Ryan Lefebvre.
3) Ned Yost presents Bruce Chen with the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year award.
4)  Lois Lakey, known affectionately as “Grandma Lois”, received the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award.   Royals VP Toby Cook and Janie Quisenberry-Stone are with Lois.
5)  Mike Sweeney presented the award that bears his name to Tim Melville.
 

Photos: Royals Awards show

Hardware was handed out on Saturday afternoon at the Royals Awards show, which honored Billy Butler, Bruce Chen, Joakim Soria and all of the organizational award winners.  Let’s take a look!

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Chen, the Joe Burke Special Achievement winner, and Soria, the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, congratulated one another after the event.  Both players were very proud and appreciative of the awards.  Bruce, who worked his way back from “Tommy John” surgery in 2007, wanted to make sure that his award arrived to his Arizona home without a scratch – so he bought a seat on the plane for it!

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Billy Butler received his second Les Milgram Player of the Year honor on the same day that would see him ink a long-term contract with the Royals.

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Mike Moustakas was all smiles as he received the George Brett Hitter of the Year honor from the Hall of Fame third baseman.


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John Lamb earned the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year award.  John, who turns 21 in July, will be the youngest player in Kansas City’s Major League camp at spring training.


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Eric Hosmer won the Carolina League batting title and slugged key playoff home runs in the Texas League playoffs in 2010.  On Saturday, he was recognized for the other part of his game with the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year award.

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Derrick Robinson took his game to another level in 2010, setting a career high in batting average.  Robinson, who led the Texas League with 50 stolen bases, earned the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year award for the second time.  Wilson pointed out that Robinson is outstanding at both baserunning and base stealing.

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Former Missouri State pitcher Buddy Baumann received the Mike Sweeney Award from the five-time All-Star.  The award goes to the minor league player who best represents the organization off of the field.  Baumann participated in a variety of community events while with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2010.

Willie Wilson (#6) meets Lorenzo Cain (#6) as FanFest kicks off with Season Ticket Holder event

 

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Royals Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Wilson met the new #6 tonight as Lorenzo Cain joined his teammates at the Season Ticket Holder event.  We overheard Willie telling the story of how he got #6.  He wore #19 when he arrived with the Royals in 1976.  Wilson then switched to #32 in 1977.  Larry Gura.decided to take #32 for the 1978 season.  John Schuerholz, who was the scouting director at the time, told Wilson that “he looked like a number 6″.  That’s the number he received and kept for the rest of his time with the Royals!

Royals Alumni Association makes holiday donations to Kansas City community

Wilson_LINC1.JPGMembers of the Royals Alumni Association donate their time throughout the year to help raise money for area families in need.  This season, the group is helping make the holidays brighter by donating a total of $22,000 to area community and charitable organizations.  

Today, Royals Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Wilson made a check presentation at Community LINC in Kansas City while former catcher and manager John Wathan presented a donation to the Blue Springs Rainbow Center.

Wathan_Rainbow_Center.JPGThe following programs received donations from the Alumni Association this year: The Avery Anne Christiansen Foundation, Bill Self’s Assists Foundation, Blue Springs Elk’s Lodge, Blue Springs Rainbow Center, Boys & Girls Club, Boys Hope Girls Hope, City Union Mission, Community LINC, Cross Points Church- Alms Fund, Grace Church, House of Hope, KC Rescue Mission, New House Shelter, Operation Breakthrough, Rose Brooks, Salvation Army, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, TLC, Whatsoever Community Center, and the YMCA Challenger Program.

Thank you to the Alumni Association and to those who have participated in fundraising events, including the batting practice events at Kauffman Stadium and fantasy camps in Surprise, Arizona!

Royals announce 2010 organizational award winners

The Royals are pleased to announce the remaining organizational award winners for the 2010 season.  The honorees will be recognized at the 2011 Royals Awards Show, scheduled for Saturday, January 22 in conjunction with Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience at the Overland Park Convention Center.

During the event, the Royals will recognize 12 honorees for their contributions both on and off the field in 2010.  Former Royals greats such as George Brett and Willie Wilson will be among the presenters in attendance.

Previously, the club announced the following award recipients as voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).  Royals’ closer Joakim Soria  was the selection for the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year while Billy Butler was the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year for the second straight season.  Starter Bruce Chen was named the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.

The remaining award recipients to be recognized at the event include:

Mike Moustakas, recipient of the George Brett Hitter of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top hitter. The 22-year-old third baseman combined to hit .322 with NW Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA), tying for the minor league lead with 36 home runs.  The Royals’ first-round selection (2nd overall) in 2007 also posted 41 doubles and drove in 124 in being named the Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year, the Texas League Player of the Year, and a Baseball America 2010 first-team Minor League All-Star.

John Lamb, recipient of the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top pitcher. The 20-year-old pitched at three levels of the Royals system in 2010, wrapping up at NW Arkansas.  The six-foot-three lefty from Laguna Hills, Calif., was a combined 10-7 with a 2.38 ERA in 28 starts, allowing 122 hits in 147.2 innings, striking out 159 and walking just 45.  Lamb was a fifth-round pick of the Royals in 2008.

Derrick Robinson, recipient of the Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top base runner.  The 23-year-old patrolled center field for the Texas League-champion Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2010, hitting .286 with a league-leading 50 stolen bases in 67 attempts.  The speedster, drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 2006, has swiped 236 bases in his professional career, including 181 in his last three campaigns, and is a two-time winner of the Willie Wilson Award, also earning the honor in 2008.

Eric Hosmer, recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top defensive player.  Hosmer, 21, is an athletic first baseman who posted a .988 fielding percentage in 80 games at Wilmington (A Advanced) before upping that mark to .994 in 43 games at first for NW Arkansas.  At the plate, the Royals’ first-round pick (3rd overall) in 2008 batted a combined .338 with 43 doubles, nine triples, 20 home runs, 86 RBI and 87 runs, also stealing 14 bases in 16 attempts.

Buddy Baumann, recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award - recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field.  The 23-year-old left-handed pitcher tirelessly volunteered for numerous community events throughout the 2010 season, visiting Wilmington-area schools and hospitals and conducting several baseball clinics.  Kansas City’s seventh-round selection in 2009 was 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three relief appearances for Burlington (A) to begin 2010 before going 4-2 with four saves and posting a 2.24 ERA in 31 games (14 starts) for Wilmington.

Brian Poldberg, recipient of the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development.  The only manager the NW Arkansas Naturals have ever known, Poldberg led the club to the Texas League Championship in 2010.  The team was also recently recognized as the Baseball America Minor League Club of the Year.  After ending a seven-year playing career, the Carter Lake, Iowa resident has been a coach and instructor in the Royals organization since 1987.

Sean Gibbs, recipient of the Art Stewart Scout of the Year – recognizing an outstanding scout.  Gibbs has served the Royals organization as an area scout since 2007.  He has scouted and signed several players including 2010 Burlington (R) Pitcher of the Year Crawford Simmons.

Andrew Layman, assistant general manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, is the recipient of the Matt Minker Award – recognizing an outstanding minor league affiliate employee.  Layman has directed the merchandise, ticket and stadium operations departments during his 19-year Blue Rocks tenure.  In 1998, he received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for best exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism in recognition of his time invested with a local teen.  The Malvern, Pa. native is a 1992 graduate of Lynchburg College where he played lacrosse.  He currently makes his home in Wilmington with fiance, Jordan, and their son, Mason.

In addition, the Royals will honor Chuck Sailors with the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award –  recognizing an outstanding member of the community.  In 2004, Sailors founded the KC Urban Youth Center at 28th and Troost in Kansas City, Mo.  Today, the center is part of three low-income housing communities in urban Kansas City serving more than 300 students and their families each year.  Sailors and his staff work daily with a holistic approach in order to offer hope, community and wholeness to children and youth living in traditionally underserved communities.

 

Omaha Royals to salute Rosenblatt Stadium on Thursday

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Kansas City and Omaha have been affiliated since day one in 1969…and Rosenblatt Stadium has been the site of Omaha’s home games since the beginning.  Tomorrow night, the O-Royals will play their final regular season home game at the historic stadium.  The club will play in a new ballpark in Sarpy County in 2011.  Thursday’s game starts at 7:05 and the O-Royals will host a Fan Fest outside of the stadium from 5:30 to 7:00.  

Pre-game ceremonies will begin on the field at 6:45 p.m. Frank White, Paul Splittorff, Dennis Leonard and Willie Wilson are scheduled to participate in the ceremony.

Please click here for more information on Thursday’s events.

Photos: Royalty Fields Clinic

The Royalty Fields program, along with Billy Butler and the Pepsi Refresh Project, held a baseball clinic in Belton on Monday. 

Butler, former outfield Les Norman and Royals Hall of Famers Willie Wilson and Frank White were on hand to mentor youth baseball and softball players. 

Royalty Fields is a Royals Charities matching grant program that provides financial support to improve baseball and/or softball facilities throughout the Midwest.  The program is in the running to receive a Pepsi Refresh Project grant.  Visit http://mlb.mlb.com/sponsors/pepsi/refresh/y2010/?team=kc between July 13 and August 17 to vote!

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