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Royals Ticket Policy For May 3 Postponement

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KANSAS CITY, MO (May 3, 2013) – This evening’s game between the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox has been rescheduled for Monday, May 6th at 1:10 p.m.  Tickets for tonight’s game will be honored for the rescheduled game.  The Royals have established the following policy for fans unable to attend Monday’s game:

Any fan holding tickets from the Thursday, May 2nd or Friday, May 3rd games who cannot attend the rescheduled games may redeem those tickets for any of the remaining 2013 regular season games excluding the following dates:  Saturday, May 11th, Monday, May 27th and Tuesday, May 28th.  Replacement tickets will be in a comparably priced seating category based on availability at time of exchange.

Unredeemed parking vouchers or parking receipts will also be good for the available games. This policy provides fans with an opportunity to select tickets from 65 remaining home games including the games this weekend vs. Chicago May 4th and 5th and the rescheduled game on Monday, May 6th at 1:10PM. All exchanges must be made at Kauffman Stadium. Fans are strongly encouraged to exchange their tickets well in advance of the game they hope to attend. All seating is based upon availability.

The Kauffman Stadium Ticket Office is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition, the Royals Charities and FOX Sports Kansas City have rescheduled the annual Broadcast Auction to the Friday, June 7 game against the Houston Astros.

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Royals And Fox Sports KC Announce Schedule

KANSAS CITY, MO (January 31, 2013) – The Kansas City Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City today announced a 142-game television schedule for the 2013 season, featuring two exhibition games and 140 regular season games.

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The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City are entering the sixth season of a long-term agreement in which FOX Sports Kansas City is the exclusive television home of Royals baseball.  The 140-game regular season television schedule features 67 road games and 73 from Kauffman Stadium.  Every game on FOX Sports Kansas City will be preceded by a 30-minute pre-game show, “Hy-Vee Royals Live,” and followed by the “Boulevard Royals Live” post-game show.  All 140 regular season telecasts will be presented in High Definition.

FOX Sports Kansas City’s coverage of Royals baseball kicks off with a Spring Training telecast from Surprise, Ariz., on Monday, March 25, when the Royals host the Los Angeles Dodgers at 8:05 p.m. (CDT).  A second exhibition game will be broadcast on Wednesday, March 27, when Kansas City hosts the Chicago Cubs, also at 8:05 p.m. (CDT).

FSKC will air Kansas City’s Opening Day contest on April 1 at Chicago as well as the April 8 home opener vs. Minnesota.

Ryan Lefebvre will call 90 regular season games and one exhibition for Fox Sports Kansas City and Steve Physioc will provide the play-by-play on 50 games during the season and one exhibition.  Rex Hudler will return for his second season as the analyst and Royals’ Hall of Famer, Jeff Montgomery, will provide analysis throughout the season on Royals Live with host Joel Goldberg.

The complete season schedule with telecasts is listed on the attached schedule, which you can download by clicking here.  All game times and the TV schedule are subject to change.

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Royals Sign Endy Chavez

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KANSAS CITY, MO (December 31, 2012) – The Kansas City Royals today announced the club has signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract for 2013.  The Royals plan to announce the club’s Major League camp non-roster invitees at a later date.

Chavez, 34, is an 11-year Major League veteran.  He made his debut in 2001 with Kansas City after the Royals selected him from the New York Mets organization in the 2000 Rule 5 Draft.  The 6-foot resident of Valencia, Venezuela, is a career .269 hitter with 118 doubles, 32 triples, 26 home runs, 229 RBI, 341 runs and 100 stolen bases for the Royals (2001), Expos (2002-04), Nationals (2005), Phillies (2005), Mets (2006-08), Mariners (2009), Rangers (2011) and Orioles (2012).  The left-handed hitting and throwing outfielder appeared in 64 regular season games with Baltimore last season, also playing in three Division Series games against the Yankees.

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St. Louis Cardinals finally get a bullpen veteran by signing Randy Choate

The St. Louis Cardinals didn’t make many moves during last week’s Winter Meetings, but they did complete an important deal to solidify a position the team struggled to fill throughout the 2012 season.

The Cardinals signed left-handed relief pitcher Randy Choate on Friday to a three-year, $7.5 million contract. He will serve as the second lefty in the bullpen behind Marc Rzepczynski and specialize in retiring left-handed batters late in ballgames.

A three-year deal might seem a bit much for a 37-year-old, but the price is reasonable, left-handed relievers tend to last longer than any other position in the sport and Choate fills one of the Cardinals’ few glaring needs.

The Cardinals began the 2011 season with Trevor Miller in his familiar old-guy, left-handed specialist role and then brought in 41-year-old Arthur Rhodes when they dealt Miller in the midseason trade with the Toronto Blue Jays that sent Miller and Colby Rasmus to Canada.

Neither Miller nor Rhodes had spectacular numbers in 2011. Miller had a 4.02 ERA in 39 games, and Rhodes had a 4.15 ERA in 19 regular-season games. But Rhodes was crucial to the Cardinals’ postseason success. He didn’t allow an earned run in his eight appearances.

That lack of a veteran in the bullpen also didn’t help matters in 2012. Closer Jason Motte was the veteran of the group at age 30 when 31-year-old Victor Marte wasn’t around. The Cardinals somewhat desperately needed a veteran bullpen guy.

The bullpen is loaded with young flamethrowers such as Trevor Rosenthal, Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly, but those guys need a veteran who has been around the game for a long time to help the young pitchers develop, as well as help lead them through a season and postseason run.

Choate completely fits that job description.

He started his career as a 24-year-old relief pitcher in 2001 for the New York Yankees. Since, he pitched for four different teams in the next 12 years, compiling a 4.02 career ERA. He pitched a combined 80 games last season with the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers. He gave up just two homeruns and walked 18 batters in 38 innings. He is the definition of a left-handed specialist given he usually pitched to two batters or fewer in his appearances.

The Cardinals likely won’t take him out of that role. Rzepczynski needs to pitch better than he did last season regardless, but Choate’s presence as a guy who can come in to take care of the power left-handed batter in a tight situation late in games should help everybody. Mitchell Boggs won’t be required to face as many lefties, and the Cardinals should be able to more effectively manage match-ups late in games next season.

As for the rest of the Cardinals’ needs, the middle infield enigma continues to be a discussion topic. Rafael Furcal is still on track to come back from an elbow injury to be the starting shortstop, but the team doesn’t have many glamorous options beyond him.

Rumors have Skip Schumaker going to the Dodgers in a trade that would somehow get the Cardinals shortstop Dee Gordon and a trade with the Cleveland Indians to get Asdrubal Cabrera remains an option, but otherwise the Cardinals are close to already having their 2013 Spring Training roster.

But regardless of what happens the rest of the offseason, the Cardinals made a good, and likely underrated, move by signing Choate to not only face one or two batters a game, but also bring a veteran presence to a bullpen that lacked that aspect in 2012.

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Royals TV Ratings Reach An All Time High

Fox Sports Kansas City Records All Time High Television Ratings for Royals
Ratings on FOX Sports Kansas City increased 13 percent to 3.8 household rating, the highest season average ever for Royals cable telecasts

Viewership for Kansas City Royals cable telecasts reached an all-time high in 2012. The 140 regular season games televised on FOX Sports Kansas City averaged a 3.8 household rating in the Kansas City DMA, according to The Nielsen Co., up 13 percent from 2011.

Ratings increased over 2011 in every month of the season except August. Viewership in September increased 52 percent over last year, the most of any month.

The 3.8 household rating surpasses the previous season high of 3.4 established in 2003. Available ratings data goes back to 1997.

“This year again showed that Kansas City has great baseball fans,” said FOX Sports Kansas City Senior Vice President and General Manager Jack Donovan. “The city embraced the All-Star Game. Attendance was up. And the TV ratings show that fans are excited about what the Royals are building.”

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Wil Myers Named Minor League Player Of The Year

KANSAS CITY, MO (September 4, 2012) – Baseball America announced today that Kansas City Royals outfield prospect Wil Myers has been named the publications’ 2012 Minor League Player of the Year. Myers becomes the third Royals prospect to win the prestigious award since its inception in 1981, joining Tom Gordon in 1988 and Alex Gordon in 2006.

Myers, 21, opened the 2012 campaign at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and batted .343 with 13 home runs and 30 RBI in 35 games before a promotion to Omaha in mid-May. For the Storm Chasers, who begin their quest to repeat as PCL champions tomorrow night in Omaha, Myers hit .304 (118-for-388) with 15 doubles, five triples, 24 home runs and 79 RBI in 99 regular season games. Overall, his 37 home runs were the second-most in minor league baseball, one shy of 26-year-old Darin Ruf who hit 38 for Reading (AA), while his 109 RBI ranked fourth overall.

The Royals’ third round selection in 2009 collected two hits and drove in three runs for the U.S. squad at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8 and then three days later was selected the “Star of Stars” for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game after recording two hits, including a double, with an RBI and a run scored. Last week, he was named to the 12-member all Pacific Coast League squad and he is one of five finalists for USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.

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Royals And Fox Sports Announce Schedule And Announcers

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 10, 2012) – The Kansas City Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City today announced a 142-game television schedule for the 2012 season, featuring two exhibition games and 140 regular season games.

The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City are entering the fifth season of a long-term agreement in which FOX Sports Kansas City is the exclusive television home of Royals baseball.  The 140-game regular season television schedule features 66 road games and 74 from Kauffman Stadium.  Every game on FOX Sports Kansas City will be preceded by a 30-minute pre-game show, “Hy-Vee Royals Live,” and followed by the “Boulevard Royals Live” post-game show.  All 140 regular season telecasts will be presented in High Definition.

In the booth, Ryan Lefebvre returns for his fifth season as the play-by-play voice of the Royals on FOX Sports Kansas City and he will be joined in 2012 by former major leaguer Rex Hudler as the analyst.  Also joining the Royals’ broadcast booth this year is play-by-play announcer and Kansas State University alum, Steve Physioc.  Both Physioc and Hudler worked together in the television booth of the Angels for 11 seasons.  Lefebvre and Physioc have each agreed to multi-year contracts, with Ryan slated for 90 regular season telecasts while Steve provides the call on 50 games.

“During the winter months, Ryan relayed to us a desire to expand his responsibilities and have a larger presence in the radio booth, thus bringing in a strong veteran announcer like Steve Physioc enabled us to give Ryan that flexibility,” said Mike Swanson, Royals Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting.  “The addition of Steve brings a familiar voice back home to the Midwest and affords us the luxury of having both he and Ryan on radio and television throughout the season.  As for the addition of Rex, he was a ‘run through a wall’ type of player and brings that same high-energy style to the broadcast booth.  His enthusiasm for the game of baseball is infectious and it translates very well on the air.”

“This is a great day for our broadcast team,” said Lefebvre.  “For me professionally, I get to work with two of the most enthusiastic and respected men in our business, and personally, I’m grateful the Royals have allowed me to return to the Royals radio booth in a larger role.”

FOX Sports Kansas City’s coverage of Royals baseball kicks off with a Spring Training telecast from Surprise, Ariz., on Friday, March 30, when the Royals host the Chicago White Sox at 8:05 p.m. (CDT).  A second exhibition game will be broadcast on Tuesday, April 3, when Kansas City visits the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park in a 9:05 p.m. (CDT) start.

FSKC will air Kansas City’s Opening Day contest on April 6 at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Royals Re-sign Seven Players To Minor League Contracts For 2012

Royals Re-sign Seven Players To Minor League Contracts For 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 27, 2010) — The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has re-signed seven players to minor league contracts for the 2012 season.

Left-handed pitcher Andrew Dobies, 28, was signed by the Royals on July 22, 2011 from the Somerset Patriots of the Independent Atlantic League. Dobies was 1-1 with a 5.89 ERA in 12 relief appearances for Northwest Arkansas (AA).

24-year-old left-handed pitcher Edgar Osuna spent the entire 2011 campaign with Northwest Arkansas, posting a 6-4 record and 7.89 ERA in 14 games, including 11 starts, missing over two months with a shoulder injury. The native of Mazatlan, Mexico, was the Royals’ Rule 5 selection in 2009.

Right-handed pitcher Mario Santiago, 26, split 2011 between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha (AAA), combining for an 8-4 record with a 3.70 ERA in 35 games (11 starts). Santiago is currently pitching for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League, where he has a 2.70 ERA in two starts.

Catcher Cody Clark, 30, played in 51 regular season games for the Pacific Coast League champion Omaha Storm Chasers, batting .233 with 12 doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI.

28-year-old infielder Irving Falu hit .301 with 10 doubles, nine triples, two home runs, 47 RBI, 50 runs and 21 stolen bases in 111 games for Omaha in 2011. The versatile switch hitter played second, third, short and right field for the Storm Chasers.

Infielder John Whittleman, 24, was acquired by the Royals from the Texas Rangers on March 25, 2011 for a player to be named or cash. The right-handed hitter batted .234 with 20 home runs and 68 RBI for Wilmington (Class A Advanced) in 2011, ranking tied for third in the Carolina League in homers and seventh in RBI.

26-year-old outfielder Paulo Orlando spent time at both Omaha and Northwest Arkansas this season, combining to hit .268 with 15 doubles, 12 triples, five home runs, 51 RBI and 54 runs scored. The native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on August 9, 2008 in for Horacio Ramirez.

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Home Field Advantage In Baseball…Does It Exist?

Home field advantage. A term usually reserved for football and basketball. If does not come into play very often in baseball. While some teams tend to play better at home is it often result of comfort level and a matter of routine. Not a result of intimidation, the crowd or the elements.

This might be because most ballparks these days are built to shield away such advantages in favor of providing the creature comforts of home to those in attendance. Warm weather cities such as Houston, Arizona and Tampa play in domes. While other cities like Milwaukee and Philly play in modern day softball parks where on the right day the ball flies out with ease. See game 5 of the NLCS for example.

No, few baseball teams set up there parks to give them and them alone the advantage like the Packers and Lambeau Field, Soldier Field and the Bears or even Cameron Indoor Stadium where the Duke Blue Devils play. The fans are in your face and so are the elements. For the teams playing half of their games in this kind of environment.

For those coming to visit they have to prepare for more than just the team they will be playing, but the where as well. While the physical game is the same the mental game can be vastly different and affect the physical game if not prepared properly.

Back to baseball. While the Texas Rangers played 81 of their regular season games on the road, winning 44 of them and 4 of their playoff games, going 3 &1, the majority of these games were played over the summer and in LA, Oakland, Seattle and Tampa for the most part. The other 85 were played in the hostile confines of Arlington, TX.

The Texas Rangers have yet to play in an environment like St. Louis in October. I am not referring to the wonderful group of fans that make up Cardinal Nation. Nor am I talking about Busch Stadium itself. No, I am talking about 50 degree temperatures at game time. Mist, Rain, hell who knows snow is never out of the possibility here in October.

Last year’s World Series road games took the Rangers to San Francisco, where it can get cold but not October in St. Louis cold. We say just how nasty in can get back in 2006 when Detroit came to town and when the Cardinals ventured up north. But this is different. Texas is not accustomed to playing in rally any kind of elements other than heat. And that will not be in play starting today.

This is the football equivalent of a dome team heading up to Green Bay for a road game in November. The Cardinals play in these conditions in both April (unfortunately) and October. The cold can affect the reflexes, the grip of the bat and ones state of mind. I welcome the cold and so should the Cardinals.

Home field advantage in baseball?….sure, so long as it’s October in St. Louis.

As always these are just my thoughts…keep on reading and you’ll get up to speed.

Derek is on Twitter @SportsbyWeeze and also writes for the Rams at RamsHerd.com

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Recapping The Cardinals Improbable Run To The 2011 World Series

Wednesday night at Busch Stadium, St. Louis plays host to its 18th World Series as the Cardinals take on the Texas Rangers. If the Cardinals find a way to win yet another series, someone is going to make a LOT of money writing a book about this team.

They can title it “11-11-11.”

*It takes 11 wins in the playoff to win the World Series.

*A win would be the Cardinals’ 11th championship in franchise history.

*And of course, it would happen in the year 2011.

If the author has a smart publishing company, the release date of the book will be November 11th of this year. Eleven-eleven-eleven. It would make a great stocking stuffer to say the least. I don’t think the author would have any trouble writing the book, because the Cardinals have pretty much written the script already. Here’s a peek back at some of the things that have made this postseason run so improbable.

Chapter 1: Injuries

A baseball team plays 162 regular season games every season. Inevitably, some injuries are bound to happen. A team would be lucky to have its best lineup intact for 75% of the season, or about 120 games. The Cardinals didn’t even come close. Out of the team’s first 90 games… their best lineup took the field together exactly four times. It’s not like they were missing role players, either, we’re talking 3-time MVP Albert Pujols, former batting champion Matt Holliday, NLCS MVP David Freese, Comeback Player of the Year Lance Berkman, and Gold Glove Catcher Yadier Molina. All of them missed at least a week’s worth of games in the first half of the season, some of them were out for months. The second half of the season wasn’t kind either, with the team losing Matt Holliday and Rafael Furcal at crucial junctures in the season, including the final series of the year at Houston. The biggest injury came in Spring Training, when the team’s top starting pitcher, Adam Wainwright, was lost for the season with a serious elbow injury. The Cardinals missed the playoffs in 2010 despite 20 wins from Wainwright, how could they get there without him?

Chapter 2: Stars Start Slow

Albert Pujols started the season batting .128 in mid-April. He finished the month batting .245… well below his then .331 career average. Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals best remaining starting pitcher on the staff, recorded exactly one win the first two months of the season. One.

Chapter 3: Beating the Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers went all-in to go the World Series this year, and they showed it for most of the season…bullying the Cardinals for 8 wins in their first 11 games against St. Louis. The Cardinals looked helpless against their pitching staff and bullpen, which was improved at the trade deadline. How could the Cardinals make a serious postseason run when they’d have to face Milwaukee seven more times and perhaps in the playoffs?

Chapter 4: The Comeback

Playoff runs are a month-long celebration. Teams and fans countdown their “Magic Number” (the number of wins or losses by the second place team necessary to clinch a playoff berth) as the season draws to a close. Of course, you have to be in first place or leading the wild card race to have a magic number. The Cardinals were last in first place on July 26th, their magic number was in the sixties. The next time they’d have a magic number was September 28th, the final game of the season. Their magic number on that day was 2.

Between July 26th and September 28th, the Cardinals were looking up at teams in the standings. As late as August 24th, the Cardinals were 10.5 games behind the Brewers and Atlanta Braves. As late as September 5th, they were still 8.5 games back with just 21 games to go. To put that into perspective, the Braves would’ve had to win 14 of their final 22 games to clinch a playoff spot and eliminate the Cardinals…and that’s only if the Cardinals went 21-0 down the stretch. The Cardinals went 16-5 in those 21 games… making Atlanta’s job simpler: They needed to finish winning just 8 of 22 games… but they won 7. Perhaps the turning point was September 9th in St. Louis, when the Braves held a 3-1 lead over the Cardinals with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. A loss would’ve pushed the Cardinals back to 8.5 games behind the Braves with 18 games to play. Instead, the Cardinals came back and won…closing the lead to 6.5 games. The Cardinals then took the next 2 games against the Braves to put St. Louis a manageable 4.5 games back with over 2 weeks of baseball to go.

Chapter 5: The NLDS vs the Phillies

Philadelphia was the odds on favorite to head back to the World Series in 2011. They went in 2008 and won it. They returned in 2009 only to fall to the Yankees. In 2010, they lost in the NLCS… and to make sure they’d return to the Fall Classic this year, they added a fourth ace to their starting pitching staff: Cliff Lee. He’d join Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt. They also added an impact bat in the Hunter Pence at the trade deadline. This was hands down the best Phillies team of the all. Making matters worse, the injury bug hit the Cardinals yet again, and Matt Holliday was held out of the starting lineup in the first 3 games on the series. No one thought the Cardinals would find a way to win…and by win, I mean win one game… much less the series. But find a way, they did. After losing Game 1, the Cardinals were trailing 4-0 in Game 2. No big deal against an average pitcher, but Cliff Lee was on the mound for the Phillies. TBS showed a grim statistic at the time: in roughly 90 games in which Cliff Lee held a 4-0… he’d loss only once. Well… better make that twice.

The Cardinals fell behind again in the series after losing in Game 3… but found a way to win Game 4 in St. Louis and got a gem from Chris Carpenter in Game 5…who held a 1-0 lead for the entire game. In other words, with the season literally on the line, Carpenter faced 31 hitters who represented the tying or go-ahead run at the plate… and managed to keep all of them from scoring. It was a performance for the ages.

Chapter 6: NLCS vs the Brewers

We already discussed the Cardinals’ struggles against the Brewers. They lost 8 of their first 11 games vs Milwaukee to start the season. But as part of the team’s dramatic playoff run, the Cardinals managed to go 6-1 vs the Brewers down the stretch to clinch the National League Wild Card. Now, they’d have to face their division rivals again to see if that was more about Milwaukee coasting to the finish-line than it was about St. Louis finally figuring them out. After Game 1, things didn’t look so good. The Brewers beat the Cardinals 9-6, and looked like a team that would take it to the Red Birds. But all at once, the Cardinals hitters went off… outscoring the Brewers 37-17 over the next 5 games in the Series… including blowout wins of 12-3 in Game 2, 7-1 in Game 5, and 12-6 in Game 6 to clinch a trip to the World Series.

Chapter 7: The World Series

This Chapter is incomplete, but I’ll toss out a couple fun storylines to consider:

- A Dallas sports columnist wrote a piece in late August titled “5 Reasons the Rangers Should Go After Lance Berkman.” At the time of the article, the Rangers had just lost power-hitting right fielder, Nelson Cruz, to an injury…and the Cardinals were 9.5 games out of a playoff spot. Trade rumors where swirling that Lance could go to the Rangers. The columnist’s reasons for landing Berkman included his leadership and familiarity with National League pitching that could help in the World Series. Not addressed, of course, was avoiding facing Berkman in the World Series.

- The Cardinals have often been criticized this year for not being able to string together a long winning streak. The team’s longest winning streak is five games this season. After winning Games 5 and 6 vs the Brewers, the Cardinals enter the World Series with one last chance to string six wins together. It would take a sweep, but it’s still a possibility.

And by the way…five and six makes eleven. Maybe it was meant to be.

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