Kansas City Royals News
Without question, the Royals are a team that takes great pride in giving back to the community, as evidenced by their commitment to numerous community and charitable initiatives.
Royals owner David Glass has always enjoyed watching dramatic films with happy endings and thus could hardly wait for Monday's Blue Carpet premiere of "The 2015 World Series," produced by MLB Network.
The Royals' 2015 postseason charge toward a World Series championship had its share of incredible rallies and memories to last a lifetime. Let's look back at the Top 10 moments of the 2015 postseason, in chronological order:
Raul Mondesi, the Royals' No. 1 prospect and the only player to make his MLB debut in the World Series, is not just on the fast track, but the 20-year-old shortstop also continues to carve out his own unique path.
The Royals added former first-round MLB Draft picks right-hander Kyle Zimmer and outfielder Bubba Starling to their 40-man roster, thus protecting them from exposure to the Rule 5 Draft next month.
Royals closer Wade Davis captured the Esurance Award for "Best Major Leaguer, Postseason" after his sensational performance in a run toward a World Series championship.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer captured the Esurance MLB Award for "Best Moment" of 2015 for his daring dash home in Game 5 of the World Series.
All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain finished third in the American League Most Valuable Player Award race as announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Thursday night.
Increased safety netting is likely to be in place by the opening of the 2016 season and a new three-year agreement with FOX will allow fans to watch live in-market streaming on any mobile device, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced as the quarterly Owners Meetings wrapped up on Thursday.
Opening Day 2016 will feature a combined seven national ESPN telecasts -- three on Sunday, April 3, and four on Monday, April 4 -- Commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Thursday at the end of Major League Baseball's quarterly Owners Meetings in Dallas.
Ned Yost was the museum's choice to receive the C.I. Taylor Legacy Award as the American League manager of the year, general manager Dayton Moore was named the winner of the Rube Foster Award as the AL executive of the year and Lorenzo Cain received the inaugural Monarchs Award, which will be presented annually to the player of the year.
Outfielder Bubba Starling, the fifth overall pick of the 2011 Draft and considered a disappointment until recently, keeps inching closer to the big leagues. Starling, the Royals' No. 5 prospect, recently completed a solid season in the Arizona Fall League, posting a .759 OPS with four homers and 10 RBIs to go along with his defense that general manager Dayton Moore has described as "Major League ready" right now.
Before Christian Colon hit the go-ahead RBI single in the 12th inning of Game 5 of the World Series, the Royals infielder predicted the scenario. He hadn't yet appeared in a postseason game, but he was ready to go.
The Kansas City Royals on Monday announced a two-year extension with the Omaha Storm Chasers, their Triple-A affiliate. The agreement extends the partnership through the 2018 season, continuing the longest active affiliation at the Triple-A level and third-longest in the Minor Leagues.
For years, Royals manager Ned Yost has been proclaiming that shortstop Alcides Escobar is one of the game's top defenders, and deserving of his first Gold Glove Award. Last week, that proclamation finally came to fruition. Escobar joined teammates and past winners Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez with the honor.
Imitation is still the sincerest form of flattery. This winter, the World Series champion Kansas City Royals are going to be consistently flattered.
The Royals headed into Friday knowing that there was a great chance that left fielder Alex Gordon would decline the team's one-year qualifying contract offer. Gordon indeed took that step, opting to test his value on the free-agent market.
For years, Royals president Dan Glass would hear the criticism, that the franchise would never return to its glorious past. Those conversations, of course, are distant memory now, though Glass remembers them well.
The Royals heard plenty of criticism when they signed designated hitter Kendrys Morales to a two-year contract last offseason. Morales also was surely aware of what was written and said about his disappointing showing a year ago.
Royals fans will not have to search the radio for the reigning World Series champions next season. On Wednesday, the team announced that it has reached a new four-year pact with 610 Sports Radio, keeping the station the familiar home of Kansas City's games.
Royals owner David Glass can't wait to get to the Winter Meetings next month in Nashville, Tenn., just to strut his stuff a little with his fellow owners after his team captured its first World Series title in 30 years.
Salvador Perez, along with Royals teammates Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar, won Rawlings Gold Glove Awards on Tuesday night.
The Royals are facing an obvious hurdle in their bid to repeat as World Series champions (nobody's done so since the 1998-2000 Yankees), but this is a team that has already shown an unmistakable ability to sustain success.
Under voting rules established this past summer by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the annual Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot was released Monday on the earliest date in recent history.
During the middle of the season, Royals catcher Salvador Perez openly pondered whether he already had outgrown, in terms of value, the long-term contract he signed in 2012.
Christian Colon delivered an RBI single in his only at-bat of the postseason to spark a five-run 12th inning that gave the Royals their first World Series championship in 30 years with a 7-2 victory over the Mets in Game 5 on Sunday night at Citi Field.