October 2010

Whatever Happened To…Justin Huber

Justin Huber.jpgOne of the most friendly players to ever don a Royals uniform is back home in Australia about to suit up for the Melbourne Aces of the new Australian Baseball League. The circuit is set to work as a winter league with a 40-game schedule running from November-Febuary much like the Arizona Fall League, the Dominican Winter League and others that attract both big leaguers and minor league prospects.

The Australian Baseball League is partially backed by Major League Baseball and check this little tidbit from a story appearing in Melbourne’s ‘The Age’ newspaper

“Virtually all the Australians competing in the majors will return for the 40-game season that runs from November to February. In addition, US franchises will co-operate by making quality players available as imports – the Aces will next week announce a big-name Kansas City player as an inaugural squad member.”

Minnesota Twins shortstop prospect James Beresford, an Autralian native himself and soon to be Huber’s Aces’ teammate, says of the league, ‘It’ll be brilliant.” Which I think is Australian for ‘Awesome’, though I’d need a new Fosters beer commercial to clarify that.

G’day Mates…have fun down (under) there!

(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)

The Little Trade That Could…


Tim Collins.jpgJuly 31, 2010
: Traded by the
Kansas City Royals with Kyle Farnsworth to the Atlanta Braves for Tim Collins (minors), Gregor Blanco and Jesse Chavez.

 

While the trading deadline swap between the Royals and Braves worked out for Atlanta for all the playoff watching world to see in NLDS Game 2 on Friday – part of the Royals haul is also producing well into October.

Pitcher Kyle Farnsworth picked up the NLDS tying win after Outfielder Rick Ankiel put the Braves in front with an 11th inning blast into San Francisco’s McCovey Cove. In Puerto Rico, Team USA Relief Pitcher Tim Collins continues to post scoreless innings including the ninth in the United States 4-0 win against Canada on Sunday. Team USA is now 8-0 heading into a second round showdown with Cuba today (Monday).

The 5ft 7in lefthander has now tossed five scoreless innings for Team USA over his four games pitched. In may be a cliche, but sometimes big things do indeed come in small packages.

America’s Team…Red, White & Royal Blue

Hosmer - Team USA.jpgSix members of the Royals Organization are representing the United States in the Pan American Qualifying Tournament taking place right now in Puerto Rico. Team USA is undefeated through four games in pool play with the Royals prospects playing key roles in each win.

Eric Hosmer (shown above) is leading the way at the plate. Hosmer was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored Tuesday (October 5). So far in the tournament he is hitting .364 with six walks, five runs scored and two RBI. Mike Moustakas is also hitting with (.294) with a home run and team leading six RBI.

On the mound reliever Tim Collins (LHP) has been perfect in two outings. Everett Teaford (LHP) picked-up a win in his start with five shutout innings and ten strikeouts (Yes, ten strikeouts in five innings…no walks). Mike Montgomery also has a win after a five innings six strikeout performance. Danny Duffy (LHP) is also a member of the pitching staff and may be making the start tonight in the final game of the first round versus Panama (6:30pm CST). 

As you watch the MLB playoffs, be sure to keep an eye on Team USA and follow this strong contingent of Royals.

(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame) 

And We’re Back…


Cooperstown Corner.JPG

Sorry for the long lag in posts here, seems like only yesterday it was the first half of the season and now – after a few extra innings on Sunday – 2010 is history.

I hope we can recapture some readers from last year and maybe find a few more to join us in sharing thoughts on any mix of baseball history, Kansas City, and the Royals – with perhaps a few or topics here and there as well. I wanted to start with a little rundown of a few new things here in the Royals Hall of Fame which you may have had a chance to see here at the ballpark in the second half of the season.

We introduced several new exhibits during the season including permanent displays detailing the evolution and history of the game’s three major pieces of equipment – the bat, the glove and the baseball itself. The display, named ‘Cooperstown Corner’ (shown above), includes examples of each at different points in the history of the game which guests can touch and feel. We’ll give you some more detail of each in later blog posts.

Today I wanted to focus a bit on another new addition, the display case devoted to items on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. We are very grateful for the support our friends in Cooperstown have given to us here at the Royals Hall of Fame the last couple of years. They have been a great resource for us on projects large and small. Whatever success we have had has been in part a tribute to their willingness to share their expertise, knowledge and passion for baseball history.

With that in mind our goal was to have a place within the Royals Hall of Fame that would display a select number of loaned artifacts from Cooperstown around a specific theme from baseball history. This first edition included items from World Series play since the inception of the fall classic in 1903. And we have been able to host some interesting items including my selection for ‘coolest’ of all:

 

1903 World Series Game Ball

This very first ball ever used in World Series play to start the 1903 showdown between Boston, champions of the American League and the National League’s Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

This group of artifacts will stay with us until January, so if you missed the chance to take a look you can still make it out to the ballpark to see them. Though the season is over Kauffman Stadium is still open for tours.

Check out the details here – we are open on select Saturdays and you can also pre-book a tour on another day by contacting us at least 24 hours in advance. The Royals Hall of Fame is also available for a visit on that same schedule. Stop by we’d love to see you here.

Thanks for returning to the blog…there’ll be more, no more long breaks between entries. Let us know if there is some story, tidbit or trivia from Royals History you’d like to know more about. 

(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)

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