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Jason Kendall’s daughter had a birthday on Friday. The new Royals backstop spent the day celebrating with his family, then caught an early Saturday flight to Kansas City for FanFest. The plane almost diverted away from K.C. due to fog. Jason arrived just in time for his first event, a Q&A on the main stage with the pitchers. Zack Greinke fielded the most questions of the group. He provided entertaining answers on everything from golf to his honeymoon to his interest in World of Warcraft. Let’s take a look at the event:
David Cone, Zack Greinke and Bret Saberhagen will take part in a one-of-a-kind autograph session at FanFest on Friday, January 15 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The first 4,000 fans entering FanFest each day will receive a commemorative backpack. Prior to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, 250 of the backpacks will contain winning tickets that will allow the holder to enter the Cy Young autograph line. All fans must present their winning ticket to enter the line, which will begin to form at 2:30 p.m. Children under 14 who possess a winning ticket may be accompanied by an adult. No photos with the participants will be allowed at this particular autograph session and only one item will be allowed to be signed per player.
On Thursday, January 14, Cone, Greinke and Saberhagen will each also attend Royals Awards Night presented by James B. Nutter. The night will begin with the Budweiser Pre-Party at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards show at 7 p.m. Tables of 10 are available for $750 with individual tickets priced at $75. Fans may secure Awards Night tickets by visiting www.royals.com/awardsnight. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (816) 504-4040 or visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Online and phone orders are subject to applicable service fees. Tickets must be purchased by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva is scheduled to take place this Friday and Saturday, January 15-16, at the Overland Park Convention Center. Fans may secure FanFest tickets by visiting www.royals.com/fanfest. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (816) 504-4040 or visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Online and phone orders are subject to applicable service fees. Tickets purchased in advance will be available at discounted prices. Advance two-day passes are $18 for adults and $9 for youth (ages 6-17), while advance single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth. All kids age five and under will be admitted free. In addition, Royals 2010 season ticket holders will receive complimentary admission for Friday’s events.
Tickets will also be available at the Overland Park Convention Center on the days of the event. For a complete listing of prices and purchase options as well as updated information on players scheduled to appear and event programming, visit www.royals.com/fanfest.
1994 A.L. Cy Young winner David Cone will attend Royals Awards Night on Thursday, meaning that all three of the Royals’ Cy Young winners (Bret Saberhagen, 1985 and 1989; Zack Greinke, 2009) will take the stage together. Mark Davis, who won the N.L. Cy while with the Padres in 1989, will also be at the event. Davis, now a coach in the Kansas City system, is the 2009 Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year.
A limited number of tickets are available until Wednesday at 5 p.m. Please call (816) 504-4040 or visit http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/awards_dinner.jsp for tickets.
Click here to read Dick Kaegel’s story about Royals Awards Night: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100112&content_id=7906560&vkey=news_kc&fext=.jsp&c_id=kc
Dayton Moore has been involved in many tough negotiations for top Cuban and Latin players dating to his time with Atlanta. He was very excited to win the negotiation for Cuban lefty Noel Arguelles.
Arguelles, who turns 20 tomorrow, is currently at the club’s complex in Surprise, Arizona. The plan is to move him very slowly at first, both on the field and off. Arguelles is in great shape but has been pitching continuously for 17 months – first in international competition, then in tryout sessions. He will be in big league camp, but don’t look for him to start Spring Training on the same throwing program with the rest of the club. Moore doesn’t see control as a problem for Arguelles – he believes that the lefty is ahead of a few of the club’s top minor league prospects in that area. The Royals will also pay close attention to helping Arguelles adjust to a new culture, which is a key component of a player’s development.
One media member on Friday’s conference call brought up an interesting stat…new Royals outfielder Scott Podsednik is 17-for-34 in his career against A.L. Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. That’s the best mark for any player with at least 15 at-bats against Zack. Podsednik downplayed it, saying it was one of those crazy things that can’t be explained. He is more than happy to be Zack’s newest teammate (and our guess is Zack is more than happy as well.)
Way to go, Royals fans! Zack Greinke picked up his fifth major offseason award today, being named Starting Pitcher of the Year in the 2009 MLB.com This Year in Baseball Awards (link).
Greinke, the 2009 American League Cy Young winner, headlined a field of 10 starting pitchers from both leagues. He received 19.8% of the vote, edging San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum, the N.L. Cy Young winner, who picked up 19.6%. New York’s CC Sabathia was third with 12.9% of the vote. The award, voted on by over 12 million visitors to MLB.com, is one of 15 honors in a variety of categories. A full listing of the award winners is available on MLB.com.
Greinke will receive a trophy in an on-field presentation during the 2010 season. In addition to the Cy Young, he has also received recognition from the Major League Baseball Players Association, The Sporting News and the Negro League Baseball Museum.
Thanks for voting, Royals fans! You made this happen!
The baseball awards season is winding down…a few awards have yet to be announced and you can help decide the winners! Royals Zack Greinke and Billy Butler are among the nominees for the This Year in Baseball awards at MLB.com.
Zack is up for the Starting Pitcher of the Year. The A.L. Cy Young winner faces nine top notch candidates from across baseball, including N.L. Cy Young recipient Tim Lincecum. Royals fans, let’s get the vote out for number 23!
Billy was nominated for the Unsung Star of the Year honor. The 23-year old had a breakout season, with career bests in nearly every category. His 51 doubles rank second in franchise history to Hal McRae’s 54 in 1977. He became just the fifth player in Major League history to have 50 doubles and 20 homers in a season prior to the age of 24. The others, you ask? Hank Greenberg, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera! Butler’s competition for the Unsung Star award includes eight promising position players plus pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies.
The voting runs through December 11. Vote for Zack and Billy today!
Fans will have the opportunity to purchase special Cy Young baseball plaques beginning today, exclusive Cy Young T-Shirts in adult and youth sizes on Friday, photos, hats, pennants and signs early next week and bracelets by the first few weeks of December.
The Royals Majestic Team Store is open this week through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday, November 22 and 23. The store will be open Thanksgiving Week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 24, 25 and 27. The store is closed on Thanksgiving Day. In addition, the store will be open on Saturday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the University of Kansas and University of Missouri football game at Arrowhead Stadium at 2:30 p.m.
Zack was resting Tuesday morning when he received word that he was the 2009 A.L. Cy Young Award recipient. All of a sudden, there was “a lot of stuff going on” at a time in the offseason when Greinke likes “doing nothing.” He passed the word along to his dad and fiancée, who were very happy for him. His mother and brother had yet to find out.
Zack was pleased, but it was the usual low-key Greinke reaction. He thought it would be a much closer balloting process as the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez also had a fantastic season.
One reporter asked where the coveted trophy would be housed. Greinke said that it would probably go at his parent’s house, with his other trophies.
Thanks for the help
Throughout the afternoon, several baseball players, coaches and baseball minds were noted by Zack as people who helped him mature as a pitcher.
Zack credited former Royals manager Buddy Bell, former general manager Allard Baird, reliever David Riske, and current pitching coach Bob McClure for helping him overcome his anxiety issues. Greinke described McClure as a “really smart” coach who challenged him to pitch inside this season.
He has sought advice from two of the top pitchers in the league, who he did not wish to name.
Miguel Olivo caught a majority of Greinke’s starts in 2009. Zack was happy to have the same catcher throughout the season, saying that Olivo did a fantastic job.
We learned that Brian Bannister’s interest in pitching statistics has rubbed off on Greinke. FIP, or Fielder Independent Pitching, is the stat that Zack is now following. FYI, he led the AL and was second in the Majors in that stat in 2009.
Zack read Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller’s book a few years ago. Feller talked about pitching at an 85-90 percent mark for the first few innings, then turning it up at the end. It took a while for Zack to embrace the philosophy, but now he sees that it is the best way to pitch.
Next year and beyond
Reporters focused on whether Zack can improve upon this incredible season. He says that he still makes mistakes and can improve in the physical aspect of the game. He wants to stay with the same mental approach as it worked in 2009.
Dayton Moore comments
General manager Dayton Moore took questions from the local media after the Greinke video conference. He said that people around baseball see the command of a Greg Maddux and the electricity of John Smoltz in Zack. Moore mentioned Bob McClure’s toughness as a pitcher and how he has brought that out in Zack. When asked if Zack can repeat or top the incredible season, Moore noted that Greinke’s one pitch at a time, one game at a time approach would help him.
It’s shaping up to be a busy afternoon at the office. Stop by Around the Horn later today for recaps of the various press conferences regarding Zack’s Cy Young triumph.