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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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Salvador Perez Named 2018 Louisville Silver Slugger Award Winner

KANSAS CITY, MO (November 8, 2018) - Louisville Slugger ® and MLB Network announced tonight that the Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez has been named the American League's 2018 Silver Slugger Award winner at catcher. This is Perez's second career Silver Slugger Award (also: 2016), and he joins George Brett (3) and Willie Wilson (2) as the only Royals to earn the honor multiple times since it was established in 1980. Perez is among 10 Royals (14 times) to earn the honor overall, and the only catcher.

This marks the fourth consecutive season in which a Royal has earned a Silver Slugger Award, as other recent winners include Kendrys Morales (2015) and Eric Hosmer (2017). Kansas City is one of four teams with at least one Silver Slugger Award winner in each of the last four seasons (2015), joining: Houston, Colorado and Miami.

KANSAS CITY, MO (November 8, 2018) - Louisville Slugger ® and MLB Network announced tonight that the Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez has been named the American League's 2018 Silver Slugger Award winner at catcher. This is Perez's second career Silver Slugger Award (also: 2016), and he joins George Brett (3) and Willie Wilson (2) as the only Royals to earn the honor multiple times since it was established in 1980. Perez is among 10 Royals (14 times) to earn the honor overall, and the only catcher.

This marks the fourth consecutive season in which a Royal has earned a Silver Slugger Award, as other recent winners include Kendrys Morales (2015) and Eric Hosmer (2017). Kansas City is one of four teams with at least one Silver Slugger Award winner in each of the last four seasons (2015), joining: Houston, Colorado and Miami.

Perez, 28, matched his career highs in home runs (27) and RBI (80) in 2018, despite missing the Royals' first 20 games of the season due to injury. He led all Major League catchers in home runs and RBI, and led American League catchers with 50 extra-base hits.

He became the ninth Royal to hit at least 25 home runs in consecutive seasons and the first Major League catcher to accomplish the feat since Iván Rodríguez (1999-2001) and Mike Piazza (1995-2002).

Perez also became the fifth Royal to hit at least 20 home runs in four consecutive seasons, joining: John Mayberry (1972-75), Steve Balboni (1984-87), Bo Jackson (1987-90) and Mike Sweeney (1999-2002). Perez is the ninth catcher all-time - six of which are in the Hall of Fame - with four seasons of at least 20 home runs (consecutive or not) before turning 29, joining: Johnny Bench (7), Brian McCann (6), Yogi Berra (5), Gary Carter (5), Mike Piazza (5), Lance Parrish (4), Iván Rodríguez (4) and Joe Torre (4).

Perez hit two grand slams this season, including one in Baltimore on May 10, his 28th birthday. In doing so, he became the second Royal to hit a slam on his birthday, joining Mike Sweeney (2004), and the first in the American League to do it since Hideki Matsui in 2008. On September 14 vs. Minnesota, Perez matched a career high with five RBI, including a walk-off grand slam, the sixth in the Royals' 50-year history.

Perez, who earned his fifth Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Sunday, is the sixth catcher to earn a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award in the same season multiple times (also: 2016), joining: Iván Rodríguez (7), Joe Mauer (3), Lance Parrish (2), Benito Santiago (2) and Gary Carter (2).

The Louisville Silver Slugger Award winners are decided by a vote of Major League Baseball managers and coaches who select the players they determine to be the best offensive producers at each position in the American and National Leagues. Selections are based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the managers' and coaches' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value. Managers and coaches are not allowed to vote for players on their own teams. Tabulation of the balloting is verified by the accounting firm of Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP.

Below is a list of the 10 Royals to win a Louisville Silver Slugger Award (instituted in 1980):

George Brett - 1980, 1985 and 1988 (1980 and 1985 at third base; 1988 at first base)

Willie Wilson - 1980 and 1982 (outfield)

Hal McRae - 1982 (designated hitter)

Frank White - 1986 (second base)

Gary Gaetti - 1995 (third base)

Dean Palmer - 1998 (third base)

Billy Butler - 2012 (designated hitter)

Kendrys Morales - 2015 (designated hitter)

Salvador Perez - 2016 and 2018 (catcher)

Eric Hosmer - 2017 (first base)

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Royals announce 2019 Spring Training home game times

In conjunction with Surprise Stadium and the Texas Rangers, the Kansas City Royals today announced game times for its 2019 Spring Training home schedule. The first of 33 exhibition games is scheduled for February 23 vs. Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium to begin Kansas City's 17th season in the Cactus League.  

Kansas City's schedule features 15 home games at Surprise Stadium and two as the visiting team vs. the Texas Rangers on March 11 and 24.

The Royals will host night games on March 5 vs. Arizona (7:05 p.m. CST), March 19 vs. the Chicago Cubs (8:05 p.m. CDT) and March 22 vs. San Francisco (8:05 p.m. CDT). With all daytime home games slated for 1:05 p.m. (MST), the first seven will begin at 2:05 p.m. CST. Following the switch to Daylight Savings on March 10, the five remaining daytime home games will begin at 3:05 p.m. CDT. 

The Royals will play every Cactus League team at least twice, with the exception of Oakland, who they will play once. The Royals will matchup with Texas four times, and three times each vs. Colorado, San Diego and San Francisco. There are also four split-squad dates, in which the Royals will field a pair of teams playing two games on February 26, March 8, March 11 and March 16.

The Royals will travel to Werner Park in Omaha, Neb. on March 25 to complete their exhibition schedule with a 6:05 p.m. CDT game vs. their Triple-A affiliate Omaha Storm Chasers. Kansas City's exhibition game in Omaha last spring was cancelled due to weather. This year's matchup will be the Royals' first exhibition game vs. Omaha since 2000, when the franchise was known as the "Golden Spikes." The Royals will open the regular season at Kauffman Stadium on March 28 vs. the Chicago White Sox.

Individual Spring Training game tickets go on sale via an online pre-sale on Saturday, November 17 through royals.com/spring. Surprise Stadium will accept mail orders as well as online orders. For more information on Spring Training tickets or special packages, fans can call (623) 222-2222. The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open on Saturday, January 5 for walk-up purchases. Fans with questions about Spring Training tickets may call (623) 222-2222.

A complete Spring Training schedule is attached. Report dates and games times will be announced at a later date.

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

In conjunction with Surprise Stadium and the Texas Rangers, the Kansas City Royals today announced game times for its 2019 Spring Training home schedule. The first of 33 exhibition games is scheduled for February 23 vs. Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium to begin Kansas City's 17th season in the Cactus League.  

Kansas City's schedule features 15 home games at Surprise Stadium and two as the visiting team vs. the Texas Rangers on March 11 and 24.

The Royals will host night games on March 5 vs. Arizona (7:05 p.m. CST), March 19 vs. the Chicago Cubs (8:05 p.m. CDT) and March 22 vs. San Francisco (8:05 p.m. CDT). With all daytime home games slated for 1:05 p.m. (MST), the first seven will begin at 2:05 p.m. CST. Following the switch to Daylight Savings on March 10, the five remaining daytime home games will begin at 3:05 p.m. CDT. 

The Royals will play every Cactus League team at least twice, with the exception of Oakland, who they will play once. The Royals will matchup with Texas four times, and three times each vs. Colorado, San Diego and San Francisco. There are also four split-squad dates, in which the Royals will field a pair of teams playing two games on February 26, March 8, March 11 and March 16.

The Royals will travel to Werner Park in Omaha, Neb. on March 25 to complete their exhibition schedule with a 6:05 p.m. CDT game vs. their Triple-A affiliate Omaha Storm Chasers. Kansas City's exhibition game in Omaha last spring was cancelled due to weather. This year's matchup will be the Royals' first exhibition game vs. Omaha since 2000, when the franchise was known as the "Golden Spikes." The Royals will open the regular season at Kauffman Stadium on March 28 vs. the Chicago White Sox.

Individual Spring Training game tickets go on sale via an online pre-sale on Saturday, November 17 through royals.com/spring. Surprise Stadium will accept mail orders as well as online orders. For more information on Spring Training tickets or special packages, fans can call (623) 222-2222. The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open on Saturday, January 5 for walk-up purchases. Fans with questions about Spring Training tickets may call (623) 222-2222.

A complete Spring Training schedule is attached. Report dates and games times will be announced at a later date.

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

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Alex Gordon named Wilson Defensive Player of the Year

Wilson Sporting Goods announced tonight that Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon has been named a Defensive Player of the Year in left field. The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards recognize the top defensive player at each position in the Major Leagues. This is the third time Gordon has been recognized by Wilson as the top left fielder in the Majors, joining 2017 and 2014. 

Gordon, 34, had nine outfield assists this season -- his most since 2013 -- three behind the Major League leaders. Since 2010, his 91 outfield assists are tied with Gerardo Parra for most in the Majors. He was charged with just two errors in 260 total chances in left field this season -- including no errors in his last 80 games (78 starts) -- good for a .992 fielding percentage, fourth best among qualified left fielders. He recorded 18 Defensive Runs Saved - most among left fielders -- including six with his arm. In addition to his 134 starts in left field, Gordon started 11 games in center field and one in right field.

Wilson Sporting Goods announced tonight that Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon has been named a Defensive Player of the Year in left field. The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards recognize the top defensive player at each position in the Major Leagues. This is the third time Gordon has been recognized by Wilson as the top left fielder in the Majors, joining 2017 and 2014. 

Gordon, 34, had nine outfield assists this season -- his most since 2013 -- three behind the Major League leaders. Since 2010, his 91 outfield assists are tied with Gerardo Parra for most in the Majors. He was charged with just two errors in 260 total chances in left field this season -- including no errors in his last 80 games (78 starts) -- good for a .992 fielding percentage, fourth best among qualified left fielders. He recorded 18 Defensive Runs Saved - most among left fielders -- including six with his arm. In addition to his 134 starts in left field, Gordon started 11 games in center field and one in right field.

On Sunday, Gordon was named a Rawlings Gold Glove winner for the sixth time in his career (also: 2011-14, '17), second most in Royals history behind only Frank White's eight (1977-82, '86-87). Last week, Gordon was also named a Fielding Bible Award winner for the fourth time (also: 2012-14). 

Established in 2012, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners are determined using a formula that combines traditional defensive stats with advanced metrics, and the data logged by the baseball experts working for the scouting service, Inside Edge. 

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Royals announce roster moves

The Kansas City Royals announced several roster moves on Friday.

Right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer has elected free agency in lieu of accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A. Additionally, outfielder Paulo Orlando and infielder Ramón Torres have been sent outright to Triple-A, and will become minor league free agents.

The Kansas City Royals announced several roster moves on Friday.

Right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer has elected free agency in lieu of accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A. Additionally, outfielder Paulo Orlando and infielder Ramón Torres have been sent outright to Triple-A, and will become minor league free agents.

Three others have been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list, including: infielder Cheslor Cuthbert, outfielder Jorge Soler and right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn.

Following today's transactions, Kansas City has 37 players on its Major League Reserve List.

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Royals front office volunteering at local organizations Friday

Projects at Community Services League, Happy Bottoms, SAFEHOME

For the third consecutive year, Royals Front Office associates will volunteer on Friday, November 2, at three organizations across the city to commemorate the anniversary of the 2015 World Series Championship.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., more than 40 Royals and Aramark associates will divide into groups to help each organization with designated projects. 

For the third consecutive year, Royals Front Office associates will volunteer on Friday, November 2, at three organizations across the city to commemorate the anniversary of the 2015 World Series Championship.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., more than 40 Royals and Aramark associates will divide into groups to help each organization with designated projects. 

Community Services League    
Event: Royals associates will sort and prepare for the organization's Holiday Shop. CSL provides services to Eastern Jackson County communities in reaching their potential by providing immediate relief to people in need, assessing their situations and providing solutions that lead to economic stability.

Location:  
404 N. Noland Rd.
Independence, MO 64050

Happy Bottoms
Event: Royals associates will help load pre-packed diapers ready for delivery and pack diapers. Happy Bottoms provides low income families support by alleviating a diaper need in Kansas City.

Location:
14820 W. 107th St.
Lenexa, KS 66215

SAFEHOME
Event: Royals associates will volunteer at SAFEHOME sorting toiletry donations, clothing donations, and help cook dinners for the weekend. SAFEHOME provides a healing atmosphere where survivors of domestic violence can gain inner strength, build self-esteem, explore options and establish a life free of violence.

Location:
Near Downtown Overland Park (exact location withheld due to privacy)

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Royals announce one-year deal with Wily Peralta

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 31, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to a one-year contract plus a mutual option for the 2020 season with right-handed pitcher Wily Peralta. This agreement supersedes the contract he signed prior to the 2018 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Peralta, 29, made a career-high 37 appearances this season, his first with Kansas City, and posted a 3.67 ERA (14 ER in 34.1 IP), his lowest since 2014 with Milwaukee. Peralta started the season at Triple-A Omaha, and was selected on June 17. He went 14-for-14 in save opportunities with Kansas City, becoming the first Royal to record at least 10 saves without blowing one in a single season. He and Ken Giles (26-for-26) were the only pitchers in the Majors this season with a perfect save percentage (min. 10 saves).

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 31, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to a one-year contract plus a mutual option for the 2020 season with right-handed pitcher Wily Peralta. This agreement supersedes the contract he signed prior to the 2018 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Peralta, 29, made a career-high 37 appearances this season, his first with Kansas City, and posted a 3.67 ERA (14 ER in 34.1 IP), his lowest since 2014 with Milwaukee. Peralta started the season at Triple-A Omaha, and was selected on June 17. He went 14-for-14 in save opportunities with Kansas City, becoming the first Royal to record at least 10 saves without blowing one in a single season. He and Ken Giles (26-for-26) were the only pitchers in the Majors this season with a perfect save percentage (min. 10 saves).

The Royals also announced today that they have sent right-handed pitcher Nate Karns outright to Triple-A Omaha. In lieu of accepting this assignment, Karns has elected free agency.

Additionally, left-handed pitcher Jerry Vasto has been claimed off Outright Waivers by the Chicago Cubs.

Following today's transactions, Kansas City has 37 players on its Major League Reserve List.

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Royals mourn loss of Bill Fischer

A veteran of 71 years in professional baseball, "Fish" passes at the age of 88

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 31, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals sadly announced today the passing of senior pitching advisor William Charles "Bill" Fischer at the age of 88. A native of Council Bluffs, IA, Fischer is survived by his wife, Val, and children, Mike and Melissa. Known throughout baseball circles as "Fish", Fischer just completed his 71st year in professional baseball in a career that began in 1948 as a 17-year old with the Chicago White Sox organization.

"Bill Fischer impacted a countless number of people during his career, not only with his immense knowledge of pitching, but also with his demeanor and the ability to teach young people how to be men," said Dayton Moore, Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations/General Manager. "Fish's accomplishments in uniform for eight decades were a tribute to his passion for the game and the knowledge that he possessed, which he thoroughly enjoyed passing on to others to make them better. All of us were blessed and are better people for having had the opportunity to work with him during his illustrious career. I'm so thankful and appreciative how all of our staff, players, managers and coaches respected and treated him over the years. It stimulated him and allowed him to thrive to stay in the game where he was a valuable part of our organization."

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 31, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals sadly announced today the passing of senior pitching advisor William Charles "Bill" Fischer at the age of 88. A native of Council Bluffs, IA, Fischer is survived by his wife, Val, and children, Mike and Melissa. Known throughout baseball circles as "Fish", Fischer just completed his 71st year in professional baseball in a career that began in 1948 as a 17-year old with the Chicago White Sox organization.

"Bill Fischer impacted a countless number of people during his career, not only with his immense knowledge of pitching, but also with his demeanor and the ability to teach young people how to be men," said Dayton Moore, Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations/General Manager. "Fish's accomplishments in uniform for eight decades were a tribute to his passion for the game and the knowledge that he possessed, which he thoroughly enjoyed passing on to others to make them better. All of us were blessed and are better people for having had the opportunity to work with him during his illustrious career. I'm so thankful and appreciative how all of our staff, players, managers and coaches respected and treated him over the years. It stimulated him and allowed him to thrive to stay in the game where he was a valuable part of our organization."

Fischer's playing career spanned his minor league start with the White Sox in 1948 through the 1968 season, wrapping up also as a minor leaguer in the Chicago system. During that span, Fish had big league stops that included nine seasons with the White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, Kansas City A's and Minnesota Twins, posting a career record of 45-58 and 13 saves over 281 appearances (78 starts). He still holds the Major League record for consecutive innings without allowing a walk at 84.1 during the 1962 season as a member of the Athletics here in Kansas City.

Fish's coaching career included Major League pitching coach stops with Cincinnati (1979-83), Boston (1985-91) and Tampa Bay (2000-01). He was also a minor league pitching instructor for the Royals from 1975-78 and again in 1984, before joining the Atlanta Braves' organization for an extended stint from 1991-2006 and then returned to the Royals in 2007, serving as the organization's pitching coordinator until 2010 prior to being promoted to senior pitching advisor for the last eight seasons.

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Khalil Lee, Meibrys Viloria named Arizona Fall League All-Stars

The Kansas City Royals will be represented by two prospects in Saturday's Arizona Fall League All-Star Game, as outfielder Khalil Lee and catcher Meibrys Viloria have been selected to the AFL West rosters. Saturday's game will be broadcast on MLB Network starting at 7:00 p.m. CT, and will also be live streamed on MLB.com. 

Lee, the Royals' No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com, has eight RBI in 11 games, including three multi-RBI efforts. The Royals' third-round pick out of Flint High School (Va.) in 2016 hit .263 with a .382 on-base percentage and 16 steals in 100 games between Advanced-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas this season.

The Kansas City Royals will be represented by two prospects in Saturday's Arizona Fall League All-Star Game, as outfielder Khalil Lee and catcher Meibrys Viloria have been selected to the AFL West rosters. Saturday's game will be broadcast on MLB Network starting at 7:00 p.m. CT, and will also be live streamed on MLB.com. 

Lee, the Royals' No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com, has eight RBI in 11 games, including three multi-RBI efforts. The Royals' third-round pick out of Flint High School (Va.) in 2016 hit .263 with a .382 on-base percentage and 16 steals in 100 games between Advanced-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas this season.

Viloria, 21, has a .406 on-base percentage in seven games for the Surprise Saguaros, including a three-hit effort in his AFL debut on Oct. 9. He's also thrown out four would-be base stealers, tied for most in the league. 

The Colombia native made his Major League debut on Sept. 2, becoming the first Colombian-born player in Royals history and the fourth Colombian-born catcher in Major League history. After leading Carolina League catchers in games caught (88), assists (86) and double plays (9, tied), Viloria became the sixth known Royal to make the jump from A-ball to the Majors (not including Rule 5 picks), according to Royals Hall of Fame Director, Curt Nelson, and first since 2004.

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Barlow, Merrifield selected to MLB roster for Japan All-Star Series

Kansas City Royals right-handed pitcher Scott Barlow and infielder Whit Merrifield have been selected to represent Major League Baseball in the 2018 Japan All-Star Series with Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). MLB and the MLB Players' Association jointly announced the roster for this year's All-Star Series, which will feature seven games (one exhibition) across Japan from Nov. 8-15.  

Barlow, 25, made his Major League debut on April 30 and made six appearances with the Royals this season, going 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA (6 ER in 15.0 IP) with three walks and 15 strikeouts. He earned his first big league victory on May 29 vs. Minnesota, tossing 4.0 hitless frames in a 2-1 triumph in 14 innings. His 4.0-inning stint without allowing a hit was the longest by a Royals reliever since 2000. Barlow, who signed with Kansas City a free agent on Dec. 8, 2017, also made 13 appearances (10 starts) with Omaha (AAA) in 2018. 

Kansas City Royals right-handed pitcher Scott Barlow and infielder Whit Merrifield have been selected to represent Major League Baseball in the 2018 Japan All-Star Series with Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). MLB and the MLB Players' Association jointly announced the roster for this year's All-Star Series, which will feature seven games (one exhibition) across Japan from Nov. 8-15.  

Barlow, 25, made his Major League debut on April 30 and made six appearances with the Royals this season, going 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA (6 ER in 15.0 IP) with three walks and 15 strikeouts. He earned his first big league victory on May 29 vs. Minnesota, tossing 4.0 hitless frames in a 2-1 triumph in 14 innings. His 4.0-inning stint without allowing a hit was the longest by a Royals reliever since 2000. Barlow, who signed with Kansas City a free agent on Dec. 8, 2017, also made 13 appearances (10 starts) with Omaha (AAA) in 2018. 

Merrifield, 29, became the third player since World War II to lead the Major Leagues in both hits (192) and stolen bases (45) in the same season, joining Dee Gordon (2015) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001). He finished the season on a career-best 20-game hitting streak, which was the longest in the big leagues in 2018, batting .304 overall. He also ranked among the American League leaders in multi-hit games (54, tied for fourth), doubles (43, sixth), batting average (sixth) and on-base percentage (.367, eighth). Merrifield is the only player in the Majors with at least 70 doubles (75) and 70 steals (American League-best 79) combined over the last two years.

This year's All-Star Series is the 37th time that Major League players have toured Japan for exhibition games. The event begins with an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on Nov. 8. MLB Network will provide extensive coverage of the 2018 All-Star Series, including live telecasts of the contests from Nov. 9-15.

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Perez, Gordon named finalists for Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 25, 2018) - Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Newell Brands, announced today that two Kansas City Royals - left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez - have been named finalists for 2018 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards ®.

Since 2011, Gordon and Perez have accounted for nine of the Royals' 14 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, which are the most by any team in the Majors during that span. That includes Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in four consecutive seasons for both Gordon (2011-14) and Perez (2013-16). Gordon also received the honor last season. Kansas City is the only American League team with at least one Rawlings Gold Glove winner in each of the last seven seasons (2011-17).

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 25, 2018) - Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Newell Brands, announced today that two Kansas City Royals - left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez - have been named finalists for 2018 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards ®.

Since 2011, Gordon and Perez have accounted for nine of the Royals' 14 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, which are the most by any team in the Majors during that span. That includes Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in four consecutive seasons for both Gordon (2011-14) and Perez (2013-16). Gordon also received the honor last season. Kansas City is the only American League team with at least one Rawlings Gold Glove winner in each of the last seven seasons (2011-17).

Rawlings also announced that winners will be revealed on Sunday, November 4 at 8 p.m. CT, during a special edition of "Baseball Tonight - The 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Announcement Show," which will air on ESPN. The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League and National League, as voted by Major League managers and coaches.

Gordon, whose nine outfield assists were three behind the American League lead, is attempting to win his sixth Rawlings Gold Glove Award (2011-14, '17), while he was also the Rawlings Platinum Glove winner in 2014. The only other Royal to win more Rawlings Gold Glove awards was eight-time winner, Frank White (1977-82, '86-87). Alex is one of two players to be named a finalist for a Rawlings Gold Glove Award each year since Rawlings started naming finalists in 2011, along with St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina. Should he win, Gordon would break a tie with Jason Heyward (a National League finalist in right field) for the second most Rawlings Gold Glove Awards by an outfielder among active players, trailing only Ichiro Suzuki (10). The other left field finalists for this season are Boston's Andrew Benintendi and the Yankees' Brett Gardner.

Perez threw out 24 would-be base stealers in 51 attempts (47.1%), tied for the second most in the Majors. He's the seventh player since 1913 to record zero errors in at least 96 starts behind the plate, joining: James McCann (2015), Chris Snyder (2008), Chris Iannetta (2008), Mike Matheny (2003), Charles Johnson (1997) and Buddy Rosar (1946). Perez is up for a fifth Rawlings Gold Glove Award in six seasons, and is just the second Royals catcher to earn the honor, joining Bob Boone (1989). Should he win, Perez would become one of seven catchers to win at least five Rawlings Gold Gloves, joining: Iván 'Pudge' Rodríguez (13), Johnny Bench (10), Yadier Molina (8), Boone (7), Jim Sundberg (6) and Bill Freehan (5). Other finalists include: Cleveland's Yan Gomes and Houston's Martin Maldonado.

Following the ESPN announcement telecast, voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award presented by SABR, will begin at www.rawlings.com. The public can weigh in as to who is the "Finest in the Field" in both leagues, selecting one player from each league's Gold Glove Award winners. A combination of the international vote and the SABR Defensive Index will determine who takes home the honor of each league's top defensive player. The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners will be unveiled during the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Ceremony presented by Gold Sport Collectibles on Friday, November 9. 

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Mondesi, Keller named Royals Player, Pitcher of the Month for September

The Kansas City Royals announced this morning that infielder Adalberto Mondesi and right-handed pitcher Brad Keller have been named Royals Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for the month of September. The awards are determined by a local media vote.

Mondesi, 23, hit .282/.322/.564 (31-for-110) with 20 runs, eight home runs, 17 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 26 games. He ranked among the American League leaders in: stolen bases (2nd), home runs (tied for 4th), hits (tied for 7th), runs, (tied for 7th) and extra-base hits (14, tied for 7th). His combination of eight homers and 14 steals have been matched in a calendar month by only two others since 1913: Carlos Beltrán (10 home runs, 16 steals) in August 2004 and Joe Morgan (8 home runs, 15 steals) in August 1976. Mondesi recorded a homer and a steal in the same game five times in September, just two behind the Major League leader for the entire season, Mike Trout, who had seven such games. Six of his eight homers either tied the game or gave Kansas City a lead. Mondesi reached safely in a career-high 13 straight games from September 3-17, including a career-high-tying four hits on September 12 vs. the White Sox. This is his first career Royals Player of the Month Award.

The Kansas City Royals announced this morning that infielder Adalberto Mondesi and right-handed pitcher Brad Keller have been named Royals Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for the month of September. The awards are determined by a local media vote.

Mondesi, 23, hit .282/.322/.564 (31-for-110) with 20 runs, eight home runs, 17 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 26 games. He ranked among the American League leaders in: stolen bases (2nd), home runs (tied for 4th), hits (tied for 7th), runs, (tied for 7th) and extra-base hits (14, tied for 7th). His combination of eight homers and 14 steals have been matched in a calendar month by only two others since 1913: Carlos Beltrán (10 home runs, 16 steals) in August 2004 and Joe Morgan (8 home runs, 15 steals) in August 1976. Mondesi recorded a homer and a steal in the same game five times in September, just two behind the Major League leader for the entire season, Mike Trout, who had seven such games. Six of his eight homers either tied the game or gave Kansas City a lead. Mondesi reached safely in a career-high 13 straight games from September 3-17, including a career-high-tying four hits on September 12 vs. the White Sox. This is his first career Royals Player of the Month Award.

Keller, 23, went 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA (7 ER in 27 IP) in four starts, three of which he held opponents to one earned run over 7.0 innings. In his final start on September 23 at Detroit, he earned a 3-2 win with 7.0 innings of one-run ball, lowering his season ERA to 3.08 (48 ER in 140.1 IP), best among American League rookies. Since 1977, only one pitcher in the American League has recorded more innings and a lower ERA in his first season: Michael Fulmer (3.06 ERA in 159 IP), in 2016, when he won AL Rookie of the Year. Keller ended the season with a streak of 34 consecutive homerless innings, the sixth-longest active streak in the American League. This is Keller's third Royals Pitcher of the Month Award (also won in June and August), making him the first Royals rookie to earn the honor three times in one season since Brian Bannister won it in June, July and August of 2007.

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