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Royals acquire pitchers Sam McWilliams, Chris Ellis in Rule 5 Draft

KANSAS CITY, MO (December 13, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has selected right-handed pitcher Sam McWilliams with the second overall pick in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Additionally, the club acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Ellis from the Texas Rangers, who selected him with the seventh overall pick, in exchange for cash considerations.

McWilliams, 23, spent time at three different minor league affiliates in the Tampa Bay Rays' organization last season, combining on a 7-9 record with a 4.38 ERA (67 ER in 137.2 IP) and 133 strikeouts. He spent the majority of the year with Montgomery (AA), making 15 starts and 19 appearances, while he was a mid-season and postseason All-Star in the Midwest League (A) with Kane County in 2017. He was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn.

KANSAS CITY, MO (December 13, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has selected right-handed pitcher Sam McWilliams with the second overall pick in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Additionally, the club acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Ellis from the Texas Rangers, who selected him with the seventh overall pick, in exchange for cash considerations.

McWilliams, 23, spent time at three different minor league affiliates in the Tampa Bay Rays' organization last season, combining on a 7-9 record with a 4.38 ERA (67 ER in 137.2 IP) and 133 strikeouts. He spent the majority of the year with Montgomery (AA), making 15 starts and 19 appearances, while he was a mid-season and postseason All-Star in the Midwest League (A) with Kane County in 2017. He was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Ellis, 26, pitched at Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA) in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization in 2018, going 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA (58 ER in 132.2 IP) in 31 appearances and 21 starts between the two stops. His 10 victories tied for second-most in the Cardinals' organization, while he was named a Texas League All-Star, after going 4-0 with a pair of saves and a 4.19 ERA (25 ER in 53.2 IP) in his 15 appearances (7 starts) at Springfield. He was originally selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the third round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Mississippi.

Both players will need to stay at the Major League level during the 2019 season, or will have to be offered back to their respective clubs. Following today's draft, the Royals' Major League reserve list is at 40 players.

The Royals also selected catcher Chris Rabago from the New York Yankees' organization (second overall) during the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Kansas City then traded him to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash considerations.

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First wave of players announced for 2019 Royals FanFest

The Kansas City Royals have announced that 2019 Royals FanFest presented by Commerce Bank will take place Friday, January 25, and Saturday, January 26, at the Kansas City Convention Center's Bartle Hall. 

A partial list of Royals players who are scheduled to appear is listed below. For the most up-to-date list of participants, please visit www.royals.com/fanfest as new names are added.

The Kansas City Royals have announced that 2019 Royals FanFest presented by Commerce Bank will take place Friday, January 25, and Saturday, January 26, at the Kansas City Convention Center's Bartle Hall. 

A partial list of Royals players who are scheduled to appear is listed below. For the most up-to-date list of participants, please visit www.royals.com/fanfest as new names are added.

Hunter Dozier, Danny Duffy, Heath Fillmyer, Cam Gallagher, Brian Goodwin, Tim Hill, Brad Keller, Ian Kennedy, Kevin McCarthy, Whit Merrifield, Ryan O'Hearn, Chris Owings, Salvador Perez, Brett Phillips, Glenn Sparkman, Ned Yost

Fans can get ready for the 2019 Royals baseball season in a big-league way. The event will have plenty of new and returning activities for kids, as well as autograph sessions featuring current and former Royals and interviews on the main stage and more. Tickets for kids will also only be $5 per day in 2019. The Club's 2018 Major League award winners will also be recognized during the event. In addition, ARAMARK and Royals Authentics will be on site selling the latest merchandise and unique Royals memorabilia, and special activities will be planned throughout the event at the Royals Diamond.

The 2019 Royals FanFest presented by Commerce Bank will mark the sixth year that the Royals are hosting the event at the Kansas City Convention Center. The Club will utilize spacious Bartle Hall, which features a main exhibition hall to give fans plenty of room to view exhibits and enjoy the festivities.

Royals 2019 season ticket members will receive exclusive access on both days of the event before FanFest opens to the general public. Season ticket members will receive an email with a special link to purchase tickets, including the exclusive access sessions.

Hours for the 2019 Royals FanFest presented by Commerce Bank are listed below.

2019 FANFEST HOURS

Friday, January 25

Noon to 2 p.m. -- Exclusive Access for Season Ticket Members

2 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- FanFest Open to General Public

Saturday, January 26

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. -- Exclusive Access for Season Ticket Members

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- FanFest Open to General Public

Fans may secure Royals FanFest tickets by visiting www.royals.com/fanfest. Online orders are subject to applicable service fees. Tickets may also be purchased by visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Royals season ticket members should purchase online via the special link they will receive.

Ticket prices for Royals FanFest are as follows:

Friday - Youth: $5

Friday - Adult: $12

Saturday - Youth: $5

Saturday - Adult: $12

* Please note that youth prices are for children ages 6-17. Children five and under will be admitted for free. 

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Royals ink Billy Hamilton to 1-year contract with mutual option

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed outfielder Billy Hamilton to a one-year contract with a mutual option for the 2020 season. Per club policy, details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Hamilton, 28, set career highs in games (153) and walks (46) this past season with the Cincinnati Reds, while batting .236 (119-for-504) with 16 doubles, four homers and 74 runs scored. He ranked second in the National League in stolen bases (34) and tied for second in triples (9). The switch-hitting outfielder played 150 games in center field and one in right last year, tying for the Major League lead with 12 assists, which was one shy of his highest single-season total (13 in 2017). 

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed outfielder Billy Hamilton to a one-year contract with a mutual option for the 2020 season. Per club policy, details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Hamilton, 28, set career highs in games (153) and walks (46) this past season with the Cincinnati Reds, while batting .236 (119-for-504) with 16 doubles, four homers and 74 runs scored. He ranked second in the National League in stolen bases (34) and tied for second in triples (9). The switch-hitting outfielder played 150 games in center field and one in right last year, tying for the Major League lead with 12 assists, which was one shy of his highest single-season total (13 in 2017). 

Hamilton has spent his entire Major League career with Cincinnati, after being selected by the Reds in the second round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Taylorsville (Miss.) High School. Since debuting for the Reds on Sept. 3, 2013, he leads all Major League players in stolen bases (277) and all MLB center fielders in assists (52), while he's second in overall outfield assists behind Starling Marte (56). His 277 career thefts are fifth-most by a Reds' player since 1900, while he has 56 career games with multiple steals, including tying a franchise record with five at Wrigley Field on June 14, 2015.

He has been a finalist for a Rawlings Gold Glove five times in his career, including in 2018, while he finished runner-up for the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year Award, which Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won.

Kansas City's Major League Reserve List is now at 38 players.

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Royals sign infielder/outfielder Chris Owings to one-year contract

The Kansas City Royals announced Wednesday that the club has signed infielder/outfielder Chris Owings to a one-year contract. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Owings, 27, hit .206 (58-for-281) in 106 games (63 starts) with Arizona in 2018, while making starts in right field (33), center field (10), third base (9), second base (8) and left field (3). He set career highs in 2017 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI, but was limited to just 97 games due to injury. 

The Kansas City Royals announced Wednesday that the club has signed infielder/outfielder Chris Owings to a one-year contract. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Owings, 27, hit .206 (58-for-281) in 106 games (63 starts) with Arizona in 2018, while making starts in right field (33), center field (10), third base (9), second base (8) and left field (3). He set career highs in 2017 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI, but was limited to just 97 games due to injury. 

He was selected out of Gilbert High School (S.C.) by Arizona in the first round (41st overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, and made his Major League debut in September of 2013. In parts of six seasons with the Diamondbacks, Owings has made starts at shortstop (214), second base (145), center field (57), right field (56), third base (9) and left field (3). In 2016, he became the first in the Majors to record at least 400 innings in center field and at shortstop in a single season since 1977. He also tied for the Major League lead that year with 11 triples.

Owings is one of 26 players in the Majors to record at least 10 steals in each of the last four seasons, and is the Diamondbacks' all-time leader (min. 50 steals) with a career stolen base rate of 84.3 (70-for-83). 

Kansas City's Major League Reserve List is now at 37. 

For more information, members of the media may contact the Royals Media Relations Department at (816) 921-8000.

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Royals non-tender Jason Adam, Samir Dueñez, Andres Machado, Bubba Starling

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (November 30, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club will not tender 2019 Major League contracts to right-handed pitcher Jason Adam, first baseman Samir Dueñez, pitcher Andres Machado and outfielder Bubba Starling, making all three free agents.

Adam, 27, made his big league debut in 2018, going 0-3 with a 6.12 ERA (22 ER in 32.1 IP) in 31 appearances with Kansas City. He returned to the Royals organization in 2017 after being drafted by the club in the fifth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Blue Valley Northwest High School (Overland Park, Kan.).

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (November 30, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club will not tender 2019 Major League contracts to right-handed pitcher Jason Adam, first baseman Samir Dueñez, pitcher Andres Machado and outfielder Bubba Starling, making all three free agents.

Adam, 27, made his big league debut in 2018, going 0-3 with a 6.12 ERA (22 ER in 32.1 IP) in 31 appearances with Kansas City. He returned to the Royals organization in 2017 after being drafted by the club in the fifth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Blue Valley Northwest High School (Overland Park, Kan.).

Dueñez, 22, spent a majority of the 2018 season at Northwest Arkansas (AA), where he batted .282 with 10 homers and 60 RBI in 80 games. He was originally signed by the Royals as a non-drafted free agent in 2012.

Machado, 25, pitched in 37 games between Omaha (AAA) and Northwest Arkansas, going 2-7 with a 5.53 ERA (51 ER in 83.0 IP), after making his big league debut in 2017. He was signed by Kansas City as a non-drafted free agent in 2010.

Starling, 26, was limited to just 20 games last season between Omaha and rehab assignments in Idaho Falls (Rookie) and Surprise (Rookie). He batted .296 with five doubles, four homers and 11 RBI. He was the Royals' first-round selection (fifth overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Following today's transactions, the Royals have 36 players on their Major League reserve list.

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Royals to volunteer at Johnson County Christmas Bureau

The Kansas City Royals will volunteer at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau Holiday Shop at 2 p.m. tomorrow, November 30.  

Pitcher Ian Kennedy, Sluggerrr and Royals associates will help in various capacities at the shop, located at 9701 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan. 66212. The building is the former Sears store, and people can enter on the Metcalf side.

The Kansas City Royals will volunteer at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau Holiday Shop at 2 p.m. tomorrow, November 30.  

Pitcher Ian Kennedy, Sluggerrr and Royals associates will help in various capacities at the shop, located at 9701 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan. 66212. The building is the former Sears store, and people can enter on the Metcalf side.

The Royals have volunteered at the Johnson Country Christmas Bureau since 2006. The Holiday Shop is a small version of a department store, and prequalified Johnson County residents shop by appointment. Each client is assisted by a volunteer.

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Royals claim RHP Conner Greene from St. Louis

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Conner Greene off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals. In a corresponding move, the club has designated right-handed pitcher Burch Smith for assignment.

Greene, 23, split the 2018 season between Memphis (AAA) and Springfield (AA), going 4-5 with a 4.09 ERA (40 ER in 88.0 IP) in 40 appearances (10 starts). This included posting a 2.52 ERA (7 ER in 25.0 IP) and a .185 opponents' average (15-for-81) in his first 19 appearances after being promoted to Memphis on June 4. He also made nine relief appearances for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League, going 0-2 with a save and an 11.17 ERA (12 ER in 9.2 IP).

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Conner Greene off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals. In a corresponding move, the club has designated right-handed pitcher Burch Smith for assignment.

Greene, 23, split the 2018 season between Memphis (AAA) and Springfield (AA), going 4-5 with a 4.09 ERA (40 ER in 88.0 IP) in 40 appearances (10 starts). This included posting a 2.52 ERA (7 ER in 25.0 IP) and a .185 opponents' average (15-for-81) in his first 19 appearances after being promoted to Memphis on June 4. He also made nine relief appearances for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League, going 0-2 with a save and an 11.17 ERA (12 ER in 9.2 IP).

Smith, 28, was acquired by the Royals during the 2017 Rule 5 Draft and was 1-6 with a 6.92 ERA (60 ER in 78.0 IP) in 38 appearances (six starts) for Kansas City in 2018.

Following today's transactions, the Royals have 40 players on their Major League reserve list.

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Royals hire Matheny as Special Advisor/Player Development

The Kansas City Royals today announced the hiring of Mike Matheny as a Special Advisor for Player Development. The 48-year-old will assist in several aspects of the Baseball Operations Department, including scouting and player development.

"This is a great opportunity to have Mike become a member of our organization," said Dayton Moore, Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. "It has always been our policy to hire the best baseball people we can and this is the perfect example of that. Mike has contributed so much to our game as both a player and a manager and has a wealth of knowledge that can only make us better. I'm excited about the possibilities of what he'll bring to our organization."

The Kansas City Royals today announced the hiring of Mike Matheny as a Special Advisor for Player Development. The 48-year-old will assist in several aspects of the Baseball Operations Department, including scouting and player development.

"This is a great opportunity to have Mike become a member of our organization," said Dayton Moore, Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. "It has always been our policy to hire the best baseball people we can and this is the perfect example of that. Mike has contributed so much to our game as both a player and a manager and has a wealth of knowledge that can only make us better. I'm excited about the possibilities of what he'll bring to our organization."

Matheny spent 13 Major League seasons as a catcher, playing for Milwaukee, Toronto, St. Louis and San Francisco. He then served as a Special Assistant in Player Development for the Cardinals before being named manager on November 14, 2011. During six-plus seasons at the helm, he became the first manager to reach the postseason in each of his first four seasons managing. Matheny had a winning record in every season, finishing with a 591-474 career mark for a .555 winning percentage.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to join the Royals in this capacity," said Matheny. "I've long respected the accomplishments of Dayton and his staff while developing a winning culture in Kansas City. This is a great chance for me to contribute in a variety of areas that will include player development and scouting. After being in uniform for the majority of my professional career, this is a unique opportunity that I could not pass up."

During his playing days, Matheny made his big league debut with Milwaukee in 1994 and was a Brewer through '98, then spent a season with Toronto (1999). He joined the Cardinals in 2000 and spent five years behind the plate for the Redbirds, going to the postseason in three of those seasons including the World Series in 2004. His playing career was capped with two years in San Francisco (2005-06). A defensive specialist, Matheny was a four-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner while setting the receiving record for consecutive errorless games (252) and consecutive errorless chances (1,565), a mark that has since been broken.

An Ohio native, Matheny was a 1991 eighth-round Draft pick of the Brewers out of the University of Michigan after co-captaining the Wolverines' baseball team. His wife, Kristin, was also a varsity athlete at Michigan, playing field hockey. The Mathenys, who make their home in St. Louis, have five children: daughter, Katie, and sons, Tate, Luke, Jacob and Blaise and one grandson, Ryker James.

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Royals add three players to Major League reserve list

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (November 20, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have selected right-handed pitchers Arnaldo Hernandez and Josh Staumont from Omaha (AAA) and Scott Blewett from Northwest Arkansas (AA), adding all three to the 40-man roster ahead of today's reserve list deadline. 

Blewett, 22, was Kansas City's second-round selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. He spent last season at Northwest Arkansas, going 8-6 with a 4.79 ERA (79 ER in 148.1 IP), while he ranked sixth in the Texas League in strikeouts (100) and third in starts (25), trailing only teammates Foster Griffin and Emilio Ogando (26, each). He also made six starts in the Arizona Fall League, going a league-best 4-0 with a 2.94 ERA (7 ER in 25.1 IP).

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (November 20, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have selected right-handed pitchers Arnaldo Hernandez and Josh Staumont from Omaha (AAA) and Scott Blewett from Northwest Arkansas (AA), adding all three to the 40-man roster ahead of today's reserve list deadline. 

Blewett, 22, was Kansas City's second-round selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. He spent last season at Northwest Arkansas, going 8-6 with a 4.79 ERA (79 ER in 148.1 IP), while he ranked sixth in the Texas League in strikeouts (100) and third in starts (25), trailing only teammates Foster Griffin and Emilio Ogando (26, each). He also made six starts in the Arizona Fall League, going a league-best 4-0 with a 2.94 ERA (7 ER in 25.1 IP).

Hernandez, 22, signed with the Royals as a non-drafted free agent in 2012 and pitched at Omaha, Northwest Arkansas and Wilmington (A+) last season. Combined across his three stops, the righty went 12-5 with a 3.96 ERA (61 ER in 138.2 IP). His 12 victories tied for the most among KC minor leaguers, while his strikeout total (105) ranked fifth. He also made nine appearances in the Arizona Fall League and posted a league-best 1.10 ERA (2 ER in 16.1 IP).

Staumont, 24, was Kansas City's second-round pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. In 41 appearances (5 starts) at Omaha, he went 2-5 with a save and a 3.51 ERA (29 ER in 74.1 IP). He posted 103 strikeouts, which were tops among Pacific Coast League hurlers that started six games or fewer.

Following today's transactions, the Royals have 40 players on their Major League reserve list.

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Royals to serve Thanksgiving meal at Guadalupe Centers Elementary on Tuesday

The Kansas City Royals will help serve a holiday meal to guests of the Guadalupe Centers at its Thanksgiving luncheon tomorrow, November 20. Once again, Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy, Sluggerrr and several front office associates will be volunteering. Kennedy volunteered last week at the City Union Mission men's shelter.

The Thanksgiving luncheon is set for noon and will be held at the Elementary School on the Villa Guadalupe Campus, located at 5123 E. Truman Rd., Kansas City, Mo. 64127. The Guadalupe Centers catering staff and many volunteers will serve 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to students, parents, senior adults and social services clients. This event is made possible by food donations from US Foods and the help of many volunteers. The Royals have volunteered to serve meals at the Guadalupe Center or its school buildings since 2007.

The Kansas City Royals will help serve a holiday meal to guests of the Guadalupe Centers at its Thanksgiving luncheon tomorrow, November 20. Once again, Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy, Sluggerrr and several front office associates will be volunteering. Kennedy volunteered last week at the City Union Mission men's shelter.

The Thanksgiving luncheon is set for noon and will be held at the Elementary School on the Villa Guadalupe Campus, located at 5123 E. Truman Rd., Kansas City, Mo. 64127. The Guadalupe Centers catering staff and many volunteers will serve 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to students, parents, senior adults and social services clients. This event is made possible by food donations from US Foods and the help of many volunteers. The Royals have volunteered to serve meals at the Guadalupe Center or its school buildings since 2007.

The Guadalupe Centers began in 1919 and is the longest continually-operating organization serving Latinos in the United States.   It strives to improve the quality of life for individuals in the Latino communities of the Kansas City area by providing educational programs, facilitating access to health and social services, promoting and providing Latino cultural enrichment events, and sponsoring social activities.

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KC MLB Urban Youth Academy launches Legacy Seat Program

Opportunity to leave a lasting tribute in the Historic 18th & Vine District

KANSAS CITY, MO - As a final phase of the construction of the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy facility in the historic 18th & Vine District of Kansas City, Missouri, 784 stadium seats have been installed. The seats are located on the Motley Family Field (Field 2), the Salvador Perez Family Field (Field 3) and the Women of the Negro Leagues Field (Field 4). To fund the Academy's mission, which is to empower Kansas City's underserved youth through baseball and softball, academic and social opportunities to be the leaders of tomorrow, supporters can donate to name a seat through the Legacy Seat Program.

For a $500 tax-deductible donation, supporters can personalize the seat name plate on a seat of their choice (within the remaining availability). The personalized name plate will remain on the seat for the life of the seat.

KANSAS CITY, MO - As a final phase of the construction of the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy facility in the historic 18th & Vine District of Kansas City, Missouri, 784 stadium seats have been installed. The seats are located on the Motley Family Field (Field 2), the Salvador Perez Family Field (Field 3) and the Women of the Negro Leagues Field (Field 4). To fund the Academy's mission, which is to empower Kansas City's underserved youth through baseball and softball, academic and social opportunities to be the leaders of tomorrow, supporters can donate to name a seat through the Legacy Seat Program.

For a $500 tax-deductible donation, supporters can personalize the seat name plate on a seat of their choice (within the remaining availability). The personalized name plate will remain on the seat for the life of the seat.

"We are thrilled to launch this unique program that will give supporters of the Academy, as well as any baseball and softball fan, the opportunity to leave a lasting tribute or message right here in the heart of Kansas City in the historic 18th & Vine District," said Darwin Pennye, Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy Executive Director. "Supporters of the program will not only leave a lasting mark on their seat, but also in the lives of the children in this community who benefit from our Academy programs."

The proceeds of the Legacy Seat Program will go towards the Academy's Triple Play Fund, which gives the Academy the "Triple Play" of funding: Sustainability of Programming, Fidelity to Mission and Accountability to the Community. To find more information and to purchase a name plate, visit www.mlb.com/kcuya/legacyseat. Just in time for the holidays, gift certificates are also available on the website.

About the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy:

The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy officially opened in 2018 to serve its mission of empowering Kansas City's underserved youth through baseball and softball, as well as academic and social opportunities, to be the leaders of tomorrow. Through our programs, we will build a strong foundation for participants, based on work ethic, leadership, responsibility, accountability, and moral principles. This foundation will allow participants to acquire that unwavering strength of purpose that is the keynote of all individual success. For more information, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/KCMLBUrbanYouthAcademy or www.twitter.com/kc_uya.

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Royals sign RHP Michael Ynoa to Minor League contract

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Michael Ynoa to a minor league contract.
 
Ynoa, 27, did not play affiliated ball in 2018, after being released by the Chicago White Sox in March. In 10 recent appearances with Águilas Cibaeñas of the Dominican Winter League, he recorded a 0.87 ERA (1 ER in 10.1 IP) with 13 strikeouts and allowed just four hits.

He made Chicago's Opening Day roster in 2017, when he went 1-0 with a 5.90 ERA (19 ER in 29 IP) in 22 appearances. Ynoa made his Major League debut in 2016 and posted a 3.00 ERA (10 ER in 30 IP) with 30 strikeouts (9.0 K/9) and a .183 opponents' average (20-for-109) in 23 appearances. 

Ynoa (ee-NO-uh) originally signed with Oakland out of the Dominican Republic on July 2, 2008.

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Michael Ynoa to a minor league contract.
 
Ynoa, 27, did not play affiliated ball in 2018, after being released by the Chicago White Sox in March. In 10 recent appearances with Águilas Cibaeñas of the Dominican Winter League, he recorded a 0.87 ERA (1 ER in 10.1 IP) with 13 strikeouts and allowed just four hits.

He made Chicago's Opening Day roster in 2017, when he went 1-0 with a 5.90 ERA (19 ER in 29 IP) in 22 appearances. Ynoa made his Major League debut in 2016 and posted a 3.00 ERA (10 ER in 30 IP) with 30 strikeouts (9.0 K/9) and a .183 opponents' average (20-for-109) in 23 appearances. 

Ynoa (ee-NO-uh) originally signed with Oakland out of the Dominican Republic on July 2, 2008.

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Royals partner with City Union Mission for Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday

The Kansas City Royals will again help area families in need this holiday season by providing a Thanksgiving feast for the 13th-straight year at the City Union Mission on Tuesday.

Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy and a group of Royals associates will serve a meal at the mission's Men's Center, located at 1108 E. 10th St., starting at 12:30 p.m. Broadcaster Steve Physioc and another group of associates will be serving a meal at the Family Center, located at 1310 Wabash in Kansas City, Mo., beginning at noon.  

Since 1924, the City Union Mission has provided warm beds, nutritious food and a safe place for thousands of poverty stricken and homeless men, women and children in the Kansas City area. The ministry receives no government support and relies solely on support from individuals, churches, foundations, organizations and businesses. Through their two locations, which are both open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, City Union Mission offers half of the emergency shelter beds in downtown Kansas City.  
 

The Kansas City Royals will again help area families in need this holiday season by providing a Thanksgiving feast for the 13th-straight year at the City Union Mission on Tuesday.

Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy and a group of Royals associates will serve a meal at the mission's Men's Center, located at 1108 E. 10th St., starting at 12:30 p.m. Broadcaster Steve Physioc and another group of associates will be serving a meal at the Family Center, located at 1310 Wabash in Kansas City, Mo., beginning at noon.  

Since 1924, the City Union Mission has provided warm beds, nutritious food and a safe place for thousands of poverty stricken and homeless men, women and children in the Kansas City area. The ministry receives no government support and relies solely on support from individuals, churches, foundations, organizations and businesses. Through their two locations, which are both open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, City Union Mission offers half of the emergency shelter beds in downtown Kansas City.  
 

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2019 Sluggerrr's Blue Crew Packages on-sale

Kids will get an exclusive Charlie Hustle t-shirt and other great items

The Kansas City Royals are excited to announce Sluggerrr's Blue Crew Packages for the 2019 season are now for sale online!

Sluggerrr's Blue Crew is the exclusive kids' fan club of the Royals. Each season, a new kit is introduced with special items that can only be purchased as a part of the kit. New for the 2019 season, kids will receive a special Charlie Hustle t-shirt. Sizes can be specified and include Small, Medium, Large or X-Large. The special kit also includes other great Royals-themed items, including a baseball cap, wristwatch, lanyard and ID badge, as well as two 2019 ticket vouchers.  

Currently, kits can only be purchased online at royals.com/bluecrew. Beginning December 10, fans can purchase them at Kauffman Stadium. Blue Crew Kits will also be on sale at Royals FanFest (January 25-26).  
 

The Kansas City Royals are excited to announce Sluggerrr's Blue Crew Packages for the 2019 season are now for sale online!

Sluggerrr's Blue Crew is the exclusive kids' fan club of the Royals. Each season, a new kit is introduced with special items that can only be purchased as a part of the kit. New for the 2019 season, kids will receive a special Charlie Hustle t-shirt. Sizes can be specified and include Small, Medium, Large or X-Large. The special kit also includes other great Royals-themed items, including a baseball cap, wristwatch, lanyard and ID badge, as well as two 2019 ticket vouchers.  

Currently, kits can only be purchased online at royals.com/bluecrew. Beginning December 10, fans can purchase them at Kauffman Stadium. Blue Crew Kits will also be on sale at Royals FanFest (January 25-26).  
 

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Royals mourn the passing of long-time scout Carl Blando

The Kansas City Royals sadly announce the passing of long-time scout, Carl Blando, who passed at the age of 84 on Thursday morning. A native of Kansas City, Blando is survived by his wife, Dianna Nylund Blando, six children: Carl, Jr. (wife, Owen Keenhen), Mary MacDonnell (husband, Donald), Denise Moore (husband, Curt Heeney), Phillip (wife, Katherine), Timothy (wife, Monica) and Jon (wife, Kim), three step-children: Lisa Burgess, Lori Burgess and Richard (wife, Jennifer) Burgess as well as 18 grandchildren.

Blando served as a scout for the Royals from 1977-99, being hired first as a part-time scout, before assuming a full-time role in 1980. He helped Kansas City identify and sign future Cy Young Award winner, David Cone, and 1985 World Series champion, Danny Jackson, among others. He was recognized for his efforts with the club's Ewing M. Kauffman Award in 1987, which was awarded to an individual that furthered professional baseball in Kansas City.

"Carl was more than just a good scout; he was a fine person and a great mentor to both young players and scouts in the game," said Royals Senior Advisor to the General Manager, and long-time Director of Scouting, Art Stewart. "He was from the old school, where you had to earn your way up, but he always gave kids a chance to prove themselves."

He remained with the Royals through the 1999 season, when he left to serve as a professional scout in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization (2000-03), before retiring. He remained active in the game by working part-time with Rockhurst University, while he returned to the Royals in a part-time scouting role in 2009-10. His contributions to the Royals are still felt today as he helped scout Overland Park, Kan. native, Jason Adam, who made his big league debut for the club in 2018.

Blando got his start in baseball by coaching in Kansas City's Ban Johnson League (summer collegiate), during the 1970s. He led the Butternut team (named for its sponsor) to three consecutive league titles, from 1973-75. In 2016, Blando was honored by the Kansas City Metro Baseball Coaches Association for his lifetime of service and contributions, while that same year, he received the Midwest Professional Baseball Scouts' "Special Achievement Award."  

The Kansas City Royals sadly announce the passing of long-time scout, Carl Blando, who passed at the age of 84 on Thursday morning. A native of Kansas City, Blando is survived by his wife, Dianna Nylund Blando, six children: Carl, Jr. (wife, Owen Keenhen), Mary MacDonnell (husband, Donald), Denise Moore (husband, Curt Heeney), Phillip (wife, Katherine), Timothy (wife, Monica) and Jon (wife, Kim), three step-children: Lisa Burgess, Lori Burgess and Richard (wife, Jennifer) Burgess as well as 18 grandchildren.

Blando served as a scout for the Royals from 1977-99, being hired first as a part-time scout, before assuming a full-time role in 1980. He helped Kansas City identify and sign future Cy Young Award winner, David Cone, and 1985 World Series champion, Danny Jackson, among others. He was recognized for his efforts with the club's Ewing M. Kauffman Award in 1987, which was awarded to an individual that furthered professional baseball in Kansas City.

"Carl was more than just a good scout; he was a fine person and a great mentor to both young players and scouts in the game," said Royals Senior Advisor to the General Manager, and long-time Director of Scouting, Art Stewart. "He was from the old school, where you had to earn your way up, but he always gave kids a chance to prove themselves."

He remained with the Royals through the 1999 season, when he left to serve as a professional scout in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization (2000-03), before retiring. He remained active in the game by working part-time with Rockhurst University, while he returned to the Royals in a part-time scouting role in 2009-10. His contributions to the Royals are still felt today as he helped scout Overland Park, Kan. native, Jason Adam, who made his big league debut for the club in 2018.

Blando got his start in baseball by coaching in Kansas City's Ban Johnson League (summer collegiate), during the 1970s. He led the Butternut team (named for its sponsor) to three consecutive league titles, from 1973-75. In 2016, Blando was honored by the Kansas City Metro Baseball Coaches Association for his lifetime of service and contributions, while that same year, he received the Midwest Professional Baseball Scouts' "Special Achievement Award."  

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