Results tagged ‘ Zack Greinke ’


Greinke Walking Off.jpgRoyals right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke today was the overwhelming choice as the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner in balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.  Greinke’s Cy Young season is the fourth in Royals history as he becomes the third pitcher to win the award, joining two-time winner Bret Saberhagen (1985, 1989) and David Cone (1994).

The 26-year old Greinke was named first on 25 ballots and second on three ballots of the 28 total ballots cast by two writers in each American League city.  He received a total of 134 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulations system for first, second and third-place votes.  The Mariners’ Felix Hernandez was the runner-up to Greinke, with 80 points and two first-place votes.  The Tigers’ Justin Verlander picked up the other first-place vote.  The Yankees’ CC Sabathia and the Blue Jays’ Roy Halladay also picked up votes.

Greinke has also been named the 2009 Royals Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, his second such award after taking home the honor in 2004.  The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).  Greinke was a unanimous selection for the Bruce Rice Award.

The Florida native posted arguably the greatest pitching season in Royals history and was already named both The Sporting News A.L. Pitcher of the Year and the A.L. Bullet Rogan Award winner by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.  The right-hander was 16-8 with a Major League-leading 2.16 ERA, the lowest in the circuit since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 ERA for Boston in 2000.  In addition to ERA, the Cy Young winner also paced the AL in opponent on-base pct. (.276), baserunners per nine innings (9.81) and fewest home runs per nine innings (0.43) while finishing second in numerous other categories including strikeouts, posting 242, second-most in Royals history. 


Zack Greinke wins MLBPA's A.L. Outstanding Pitcher Award

9-3 Greinke.jpgKansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke picked up his third major offseason award today, being named the A.L. Outstanding Pitcher as part of the Major League Baseball Players Association’s Players Choice Awards.  Greinke designated the cash prize associated with the award to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.

Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals took home the N.L. honor.  Toronto’s Roy Halladay and New York’s CC Sabathia were the other finalists in the American League.

The Royals right-hander has already been named The Sporting News American League Pitcher of the Year and the American League “Bullet” Rogan Award winner as the A.L.’s top pitcher by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

The American League Cy Young award, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America, will be announced on November 17.

Zack Greinke named top A.L. pitcher by Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Greinke 9-5.jpgKansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke has been named the American League Bullet Rogan Award winner by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.  The award, named after former Kansas City Monarchs ace pitcher and outfielder Charles Wilber “Bullet” Rogan, recognizes the top pitcher in each league.  The St. Louis Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter took home the National League award.

All of the 2009 awards will be presented in January at the museum’s 10th Annual Legacy Awards, to be held at the downtown Convention Center.  Congratulations to Zack!

October Birthdays: Happy 26th, Zack!

Greinke Walking Off.jpgIt’s time to take a look at our Royals birthdays for October.  Fans started calling newly crowned Sporting News A.L. Pitcher of the Year Zack Greinke’s starts “Greinke Day” and wishing other Royals fans a “Happy Greinke Day.”  Today is the Happy Greinke Day – Zack turns 26!

Fellow celebrants include Judge Judy (67) and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (60).  Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel was born on this day in 1833.


Splittorff,Paul.JPGRoyals all-time win leader Paul Splittorff turned 63 on October 8.  Splitt shares his day with Paul Hogan of Crocodile Dundee fame (70), Chevy Chase (66) and Matt Damon (39).



Fred_Patek_S_0g001.jpgRoyals Hall of Famer Fred Patek celebrated his 65th birthday on October 9.  Celebrity birthdays include Sharon Osbourne (57) and Quantam Leap’s Scott Bakula (55).  The late John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940.








Cruz 4.25.jpgJuan Cruz
turned 31 on October 15.  Juan shares his day with former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca (85) and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer (64).  Cable chef Emeril Lagasse and former Dutchess of York Sarah Ferguson both turned 50.



lerew_5515.JPGAnthony Lerew will be 27 on October 28.  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates turns 54 while Julia Roberts will celebrate her 42nd birthday.






Jacobs_April.jpgMike Jacobs wraps up our birthdays.  Mike turns 29 on October 30.  Other celebrants on the day before Halloween include Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick (70) and Henry Winkler.  The Fonz will be 64.  Around the Horn wishes Mike a happy birthday and two thumbs up!


Recent birthday blog entries:




The Sporting News names Zack Greinke American League Pitcher of the Year

Greinke 4-24.jpgZack Greinke
(who turns 26 today, more on that later) has been named the 2009 Sporting News American League Pitcher of the Year.  Greinke becomes the second Royals pitcher to win this award, joining Bret Saberhagen who took home the honor in 1989.  A panel of 31 Major League Baseball general managers and assistant GM’s voted on the award. 

Dating to Randy Johnson in 1995, the last 14 winners of this award have also been named the A.L. Cy Young Award winner, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. 

San Francisco Giants’ ace Tim Lincecum won the National League award.

The Sporting News plan to announce their Player of the Year and American and National League All-Star teams tomorrow.  The Comeback Players of the Year and Relievers of the Year will be named on Friday.  Previously, the White Sox’ Gordon Beckham and the Phillies’ J.A. Happ were named the 2009 Rookies of the Year.

Congratulations Zack!

Butler named A.L. Player of the Month for September!

Butler June 09.jpgCongrats to Royals first baseman Billy Butler, who was named the American League Player of the Month for September today!

Billy batted .363 in the month with 10 doubles, six home runs and 26 RBI.  Billy recorded his fourth 3-double game of the season on September 9 vs. Detroit (a MLB record) and had a pair of 2-homer games on September 7 vs. Los Angeles and September 25 vs. Minnesota.  Billy’s 26 RBI in the month led the American League and were tied for second in baseball.

Butler, who picked up an American League Player of the Week award both in August and September, joins Zack Greinke (April) as winners of the monthly award in 2009.  He and Zack are the first Royals duo to win the award in the same season since 2000 when Jermaine Dye and Johnny Damon took home the honor.

Butler will receive a specially designed trophy and a Sharp Aquos television.

Vote for Zack – September Clutch Performer

9-3 Greinke.jpgZack Greinke
is one of six nominees for the “Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi” award.  This award is voted on EXCLUSIVELY by fans. 

Greinke was 3-0 in September with wins against Detroit, Boston and Minnesota.  He led the majors with a 0.55 ERA.  Here’s your chance to vote for Zack, who also won this award in April!  Vote from now until October 9 at  The winner will be announced on October 13.

Zack facts

7-29 Greinke.jpgReminder – Saturday’s game starts at 3:10 and can be seen on the FOX Network.  Here are some Zack stats to get you ready for tomorrow.

  • Greinke enters with 237 strikeouts.  He needs eight K’s to move past Dennis Leonard’s single-season club record of 244, set in 1977.  Zack has struck out eight or more in half of his 32 starts.


  • His ERA is currently 2.06.  He would have to go at least 7.0 innings without an earned run to have an ERA that would round to 1.99 or less.  No pitcher in the American League has had that low an ERA since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 ERA in 2000 for Boston.  In addition, no pitcher has posted an ERA in Zack’s range while throwing at least 220 innings since Martinez (1.90) and Roger Clemens (2.05) in 1997.


  • Zack has a good shot to post the best ERA in Royals history.  Roger “The Spider” Nelson compiled a 2.08 ERA in 1972.


  • Greinke is 4-0 with a 0.43 ERA in his last six starts.


  • Zack has held the opponent to zero or one earned run in 18 of 32 starts, including 10 starts with no earned runs allowed.


  • His ERA after the All-Star Break is 1.97.


  • He had a 1.70 ERA at Kauffman Stadium this season, the best in Royals history.


  • Has allowed just 11 home runs in 223.1 innings, an average of 0.44 per nine innings, the best mark by a Royal since Kevin Appier in 1993


  • Greinke can reach 17 wins, which would tie Paul Byrd’s total from 2002 as the most in a season by a Royals hurler since Kevin Appier’s 18 in 1993.

Greinke's scheduled start to be televised

The FOX Network has added Saturday’s Royals/Twins game to their schedule.  The game will now start at 3:10 p.m. Central instead of 6:10.  Royals ace Zack Greinke is slated to start Saturday’s contest.  Please check your local listings and remember that Saturday’s game is on the national FOX Network, not FOX Sports Kansas City.

Sunday lineup: Zack to the mound in home finale

Greinke Tee.jpgToday’s game starts at 1:10 p.m.  The first 10,000 fans 21 and over will receive this “Zack Greinke for Cy” T-shirt, courtesy of Miller Lite.  All seats $33 and under are half-price in the Zack Pack plan.  Lower level and loge level tickets include a $5 Loaded Value for Kauffman Stadium concession and retail outlets!








Greinke_close up.jpgHere’s your Kansas City lineup:

(Bloomquist – LF)

(Maier – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Pena – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Olivo – C)

(Teahen – RF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Hernandez – 2B)

(Greinke – P)


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 57 other followers