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Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi and Yordano Ventura to Futures Game

Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi AND Yordano Ventura NAMED TO


KANSAS CITY, MO (June 21, 2012) — Kansas City Royals prospects Wil MyersJake Odorizzi and Yordano Ventura today were named to the rosters for the 14th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.  The game, which will match Myers, Odorizzi and the U.S. squad against Ventura and the World roster, will begin at 4 p.m. CDT on Sunday, July 8 from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.  The Royals are the only organization in baseball to place three players in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

The game will be televised live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and MLB.TV and is also available on the radio at MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89).  Tickets are still available for purchase for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game by visiting www.allstargame.com, calling 1-888-326-3378 or visiting the Royals box office at Kauffman Stadium.

Myers, 21, will be making his second-straight appearance at the XM All-Star Futures Game, also appearing last July at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.  The 6-foot-3, 206-pound outfielder is currently tied with 31-year-old Brad Eldred for the minor league baseball lead with 24 home runs.  Myers opened the season with Northwest Arkansas (AA) before being promoted to Omaha (AAA) in mid-May.  He has combined to hit .336 (86-for-256) with 18 doubles, three triples, 24 home runs, 62 RBI and 60 runs scored in 68 games, posting a .416 on-base pct. and .711 slugging mark.  He is the Royals third-round selection from the 2009 June Free Agent Draft.

The 22-year-old Odorizzi, like Myers, opened 2012 with Northwest Arkansas before a promotion to Omaha.  The 6-foot-2 right-hander has compiled an 8-2 record with a 2.89 ERA in 13 games (12 starts), recording 81 strikeouts in 71.2 innings while holding opponents to a .219 average.  Odorizzi was acquired along with shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Jeremy Jeffress from the Milwaukee Brewers on December 19, 2010 in exchange for pitcher Zack Greinke and infielder Yuniesky Betancourt.

Ventura, 21, worked a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout at the Carolina-California League All-Star Game on Tuesday.  The 5-foot-11 right-hander is 3-5 with a 3.10 ERA in 13 starts for High-A Wilmington, posting 78 strikeouts in 61.0 innings.  Born and raised in Samana, Dominican Republic, Ventura was signed by the Royals as a non-drafted free agent on October 8, 2008.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 MLB teams selected the 25-man rosters for each club.

You can read the full press release, complete with full rosters and a complete list of current Major League players that have participated in the Futures Game in the past, by downloading the PDF located here.

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Brett to serve as Ambassador for All Star Game

Brett to Participate in All-Star FanFest, Taco Bell All-Star Sunday Events and
MLB All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run Presented by Nike

Hall of Famer and 13-time All-Star George Brett will serve as the Ambassador for MLB All-Star Summer. Brett will participate in All-Star events leading up to and during All-Star Week in Kansas City, including MLB All-Star FanFest (July 6-10). Brett has been selected as the manager for the U.S. Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game (July 8), which features some of the game’s best young prospects from the U.S. and around the world. Brett previously served as the manager for the U.S. Team in 2005.  Also on Sunday, July 8, he will play in the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and will be the Official Race Starter for the MLB All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Nike.

“I’m excited to share the city and stadium I love with today’s All-Stars and baseball fans around the world,” said Brett. “It’s an honor to once again be a part of the Midsummer Classic and baseball’s special celebration.”


Brett spent his entire 21-year career with the Royals from 1973 to 1993, throughout which he accumulated 3,154 hits, 665 doubles, 317 home runs and 1,596 RBI. Brett stands alongside baseball legends Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Stan Musial, as one of the four players in Major League Baseball history to collect at least 3,000 hits, 300 home runs and a .300 batting average over his career. He is the only player in MLB history to win the batting title in three different decades (1976, 1980 and 1990). Brett, who was voted the 1980 American League Most Valuable Player, represented Kansas City in the All-Star Game in consecutive years from 1976 through 1988. He was also awarded the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award during the Royals World Championship season in 1985.

Even after retirement, Brett has continued his long-time association with the organization and is an active resident of Kansas City. The Royals retired Brett’s No. 5 in 1994 and inducted him into the club’s Hall of Fame. Five years later, he was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame after receiving 98 percent of the votes, the fifth‑highest mark in history. Brett is currently in his 19th year as the organization’s Vice President of Baseball Operations and serves as a special instructor during Spring Training. He is also an active Minor League instructor helping prospects develop.


MLB All-Star FanFest will transform the Kansas City Convention Center/Bartle Hall into the largest interactive baseball theme park in the world. MLB All-Star FanFest opens on Friday, July 6, runs through Tuesday, July 10, and provides an unrivaled experience for fans of all ages. Visitors will experience more than 400,000 square feet of baseball fun, with attractions including exhibits from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, batting cages, clinics, free autograph sessions with former Royals, MLB legends and Hall of Famers, memorabilia and much more.


Taco Bell All-Star Sunday includes the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, 4 p.m. CT, and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, approximately 7:30 p.m. CT, followed by a spectacular fireworks show to cap off the evening. Now in its 14th year, the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game showcases many of the top Minor League prospects and has featured Kansas City’s Billy Butler (2006), Alex Gordon (2006), Eric Hosmer (2010) and Mike Moustakas (2010). Players who have competed in both the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the MLB All-Star Game include Prince Fielder, Zack Greinke, Josh Hamilton, Felix Hernandez, Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Verlander.

The Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game will feature stars from film, music, television and entertainment teaming up with Hall of Famers and former Kansas City stars immediately following the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Past celebrity participants have included Jon Hamm, Jimmy Kimmel, George Lopez, Chris Rock, Jordin Sparks and Kate Upton. The game has also featured a collection of Hall of Famers including Ernie Banks, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield.


Hall of Famer George Brett will serve as the Official Race Starter at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Nike. The charitable event, open to all ages, will take place on Sunday, July 8, on an All-Star-themed course in downtown Kansas City and will feature appearances by MLB Legends, mascots and celebrity guests. Major League Baseball will donate 100% of all net proceeds from the event to three charities supporting cancer research and awareness – Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and the Greater Kansas City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The 5K, an officially timed event, will begin at 7:30 a.m. CT. Immediately following, at 8:00 a.m. CT, the family-friendly 1-mile Fun Run will begin; the wheel chair division will begin 5 minutes prior to each. All registered finishers will receive an official commemorative All-Star medal and t-shirt. All fans who sign up now via AllStarGame.com/5k can take advantage of the special early bird price of $25 (adult) and $20 (children 12 and under) for the 5K and $20 (adult) and $15 (children 12 and under) for the Fun Run. For more information, and to register as an individual or team, please visit AllStarGame.com/5k.

Tickets for MLB All-Star FanFest and to Taco Bell All-Star Sunday are currently on sale. To purchase, visit the official All-Star Game website of Major League Baseball (AllStarGame.com), the Royals official website (royals.com/2012), the Royals Box Office at Kauffman Stadium or call 1-888-FanFest (326-3378).

     For more MLB All-Star Week information, please visit AllStarGame.com and the All-Star Game Twitter account (@AllStarGame).

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Royals Press Releases: Medical Staff and K-Crew

Below are a few press releases from the Kansas City Royals sent to i70baseball this week. – Bill

Auditions For 2012 K-Crew Set For October 22

Members of the 2012 Team to Participate in MLB All-Star Week Festivities;
Audition Details Available at royals.com/kcrew

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 5, 2011) – The Kansas City Royals will hold auditions for the 2012 KCrew on Saturday, October 22 at Kauffman Stadium. First formed in 2007, the KCrew is the Royals fan interactive team dedicated to entertaining Royals fans both at the ballpark and at community events around Kansas City.

Members of the 2012 squad will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of the 2012 MLB All-Star Week festivities including the All-Star FanFest, Taco Bell All-Star Sunday featuring the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the State Farm Home Run Derby, and the 83rd MLB All-Star Game.

To audition for the 2012 KCrew team, individuals must be at least 18 years of age by April 13, 2012. Applicants are also required to live in or close to the Kansas City metropolitan area and must be able to attend all rehearsals, designated games, community events and other mandatory appearances. Baseball knowledge as well as prior performance, entertainment, public relations and/or broadcasting experience is preferred. For a complete list of audition requirements, please visit www.royals.com/kcrew.

Individuals interested in auditioning for the KCrew must pre-register by Monday, October 17. In addition to a completed application and signed release form, both available at www.royals.com/kcrew, applicants are also required to provide both a full-length and head shot color photo and pay a $10 non-refundable application processing fee. Required materials may be submitted by one of the following two options: 1) Mail to: KCrew Auditions, One Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129; or 2) Drop-off at Kauffman Stadium Gate C.

For more information on the 2012 KCrew auditions, please call (816) 504-4433 or email kcrew@royals.com. Members of the media may contact the Royals Publicity Department at (816) 921-8000.

Royals Announce Medical Staff For 2012 Season
Ryan Stoneberg Named Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 4, 2011) – The Kansas City Royals have finalized their Major League medical staff for the 2012 season.

Head athletic trainer Nick Kenney, assistant athletic trainer Kyle Turner and physical therapist Jeff Blum will remain in their roles for next season. Ryan Stoneberg, who has served the past five seasons as the Royals minor league strength and conditioning coordinator, will now work in the same role with the Major League club. Stoneberg replaces Ty Hill, who will not return to the organization in 2012.

“Ryan Stoneberg has tremendous passion, energy and expertise as a strength and conditioning coach,” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said. “We are excited that he will be joining our staff.”

Continuing the partnership agreement with The University of Kansas Hospital as the official medical provider of the team, head team physician Dr. Vincent Key; and associate physicians Dr. Joshua Nelson, Dr. Bruce Toby and Dr. Joe Noland will continue to provide services in 2012.

“Nick Kenney and our entire medical team have done an outstanding job,” Moore said. “We are proud of their great work as we continue to partner with the very talented Physicians at The University of Kansas Hospital.”

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