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Manager Trey Hillman was asked about centerfielder Rick Ankiel’s availability:
Hillman said Ankiel took some batting practice in the cage and had light activity in the outfield. He said the centerfielder looks to be moving at 60 to 70 percent and is available to pinch hit. Hillman felt he could rush Ankiel into the lineup, but stated it was more prudent to allow the injury to heal completely.
The media asked Hillman to compare this team’s defensive ability to last year’s team:
Hillman likes his team’s ability to get to balls, both in the infield and outfield. He specifically mentioned his outfield arms; saying leftfielder Scott Podsednik and rightfielder David DeJesus have been incredibly accurate, in addition to being impressed by the arm strength shown by Rick Ankiel. Hillman has seen better lateral movement this year from shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and feels first baseman Billy Butler has significantly improved his ability around the bag.
Hillman was asked to comment on any pressure that Royals’ ace Zack Greinke may be feeling:
Hillman admitted that Greinke is probably feeling some pressure to duplicate last year’s success. Although Trey continued by saying that Greinke wouldn’t admit to any pressure.
Hillman finished by giving an update on second baseman Chris Getz:
Hillman said Getz is feeling good. He started today for the Omaha Royals at second, going 2-for-4 for the AAA club in a 10-inning game.
The Kansas City Royals and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will team with Royals outfielder David DeJesus and 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke for the sixth annual Royals Baseball Equipment Drive. The drive is set for Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at Kauffman Stadium prior to the first two games of the Royals-Minnesota Twins weekend series. This season’s Baseball Equipment Drive will benefit Della Lamb Youth Baseball.
Collection times will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 23 and 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on April 24. Royals Wives will greet fans and collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at Gate C of Kauffman Stadium, while Della Lamb volunteers will be stationed at Hy-Vee Gate B. All types of baseball and softball equipment will be accepted, including gloves, baseballs, bases, batting tees, bats, batting helmets, shoes and uniforms. In addition to the collected items, Della Lamb Youth Baseball will also receive a $5,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.
Della Lamb provides low-income families with an array of services including child care, youth programs and elementary charter school education, adult education, emergency social services and international refugee services. The organization serves over 400 inner city youth in the Kansas City metro area through educational, athletic, recreational and cultural activities. This year, more than 130 kids will participate in youth baseball.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund was established in 1999 to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world by funding programs, field improvements and equipment purchases all in an effort to encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund averages $1.5 million in grants annually.
Here’s what Royals manager Trey Hillman had to say before Friday’s game vs. Boston:
On Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke…
“Zack put us on the map,” said Hillman. “He got the organization lots of attention and makes everyone in the organization proud. It was a spectacular year for Zack.”
On second baseman Chris Getz’s speed and future…
“He’s a green light guy,” said Hillman. “He has a different gait. I was shocked at his running times because he just doesn’t look that fast. I knew when he came in that he was quick. Going 25-for-27 last year [in stolen bases] is pretty impressive. That was enough for me. I think eventually he’ll be a great leadoff or two-hole (hitter).”
On utilizing the bench…
“I like to get the regulars into a flow,” said Hillman. “I think mixing too early sends a bad message. It would be easier to do if we were 3-0, but I have every intention of using the bench. We’ll get there as soon as we can, but not at the expense of getting the offense in a flow. We’ll see how we roll and make adjustments for the road trip if we need to.”
On pitcher Gil Meche’s Sunday start…
“It’s official,” said Hillman. “There’ll have to be a roster move, but we’ll see. We still have a couple days to evaluate.”
Fans who have attended Spring Training in Surprise know that opportunities are abound to watch games and practices. The Royals play several ‘B’ games against their complex counterparts, the Texas Rangers. These games are not held at the stadium – instead they are on one of the practice fields at the complex. The ‘B’ games and practices are free to attend and fans can usually stake claim to a location that is just off of the field.
Today’s ‘B’ game featured Luke Hochevar, who was pushed back after yesterday’s regular game against the Giants was postponed. Let’s take at a few of the things that happen at a ‘B’ game.
Scouts and baseball operations personnel are continuously tracking the progress of the players. On the left, Senior Advisor to the General Manager and 2008 Royals Hall of Fame inductee Art Stewart surveys the action. Rene Francisco, Kansas City’s Special Assistant to the General Manager/International Operations, is standing behind Stewart (to his right, our left).
The next photo shows General Manager Dayton Moore and Assistant General Manager-Scouting & Player Development J.J. Picollo. The pair are speaking with Jon Daniels (center), the General Manager of the Rangers.
When the team goes to another complex for a game, a ‘travel roster’ is assembled. For example, some of the pitchers are not going to throw in the regular game that day. They stay behind in Surprise and spend time on other training activities, including strength and conditioning. Here, Zack Greinke and Kyle Davies are taking in Hochevar’s outing.
‘B’ games also require coaches to take on different roles. Trey Hillman served as the third base coach during today’s ‘B’ game. This picture shows the close proximity of the bleachers for a ‘B’ game.
Former third baseman Joe Randa is in camp working with players. Here he talks to John ‘Duke’ Wathan. On the right, Randa lends his advice to Mike Moustakas. Randa has mentored ‘Moose’ on multiple occasions since the Royals drafted Moustakas in 2007.
Now you know about some of the other happenings at Spring Training besides the game that is on the schedule at royals.com. We hope that you can make a trip to Spring Training in the near future!
Zack Greinke pitched 3.0 scoreless innings in his Spring Training debut as the Royals won 4-2 over Texas on Friday. Rick Ankiel hit a triple and added an outfield assist. Brad Thompson, Ankiel’s teammate in St. Louis, made his Kansas City debut in relief of Greinke. Adam Bostick and Roman Colon held Texas scoreless and Bryan Bullington worked the ninth for the save.
We’re less than two hours from the first Spring Training game and two days from single-game ticket sales! The Royals announced another cool event today – a Cy Young Celebration prior to the 7:10 p.m. game on Friday, April 9 vs. the Boston Red Sox. This will be a tribute to 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke. Plan on arriving early for a special pregame ceremony! Several Royals greats will be in attendance. Single-game tickets for this exciting event will also be available beginning Saturday.
Today we take a look at just a few of the behind-the-scenes details from Spring Training.
Manager Trey Hillman holds regular interview sessions with the media throughout Spring Training. Next to Trey is Mike Swanson, Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting (in sunglasses, partially hidden). Swanee oversees the session while Dave Holtzman, Director of Media Relations (on the left in the Royals jacket), records footage that you’ll be able to view on royals.com.
The media relations team is also responsible for setting up one-on-one interviews. This picture shows Joel Goldberg interviewing Hall of Famer George Brett for a feature that will be on the Fox Sports Kansas City website.
Zack Greinke visited the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on Thursday. While there, Greinke received his Wilber “Bullet” Rogan Award as the A.L.’s top pitcher and taped an acceptance speech for the NLBM’s Legacy Awards on January 30. Greinke will receive his A.L. Cy Young Award on Saturday in New York. For more information on the Legacy Awards, visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=211022873108&ref=mf.
Kansas City Royals’ outfielder David DeJesus and right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke will team up with Heart to Heart International on Thursday, January 21 to aid the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12. In addition, DeJesus has pledged $2,500 to Heart to Heart International and Royals Charities has matched that donation, which will supply 500 Heart to Heart Care Kits.
DeJesus and Greinke will collect donations and items for Heart to Heart Care Kits on Thursday, January 21 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Independence, Mo., Sam’s Club at 4100 Bolger Drive. Heart to Heart and Sam’s Club will be collecting donations and items at all five Kansas City metro area Sam’s Club locations this Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24.
Heart to Heart International flies medical missions all over the world and has been a presence in Haiti for more than a decade. The organization currently has staff in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and has created a “humanitarian bridge” from the United States through the Dominican Republic to Haiti. Royals fans can donate on-line, sign up to volunteer and learn more about the organization, which is based in Olathe, Kan., by visiting www.hearttoheart.org. The Royals and Heart to Heart International have teamed up to aid other disasters in the past including the tsunami in South Asia and the tornado in Greensburg, Kan.