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Old 12-31-2011, 02:52 PM  
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2012 Kansas City Royals Repository Thread

2012 Slogan: Our Time

A better, more accurate 2012 Slogan: It is Finally Next Year
(from Great Expectations)

An alternative slogan if you don't like that one: Someone has to win this crappy division
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With the beginning of a new year, it is time for the 2012 version of the Royals Repository Thread. We've got Hosmer, we've got a 2011-dominating Gordon, we've got Moose, we've got hopefully a killer bullpen, we've got a stereotypical slow slugging DH, we've got easily one of the best defensive shortstops in the AL, we've got a promising catcher in Salvador Perez. Hell, we've got offense and promising prospects galore.

We do not have starting pitching.

Oh yeah, we've also got this:



Get ready for, (as of January 2012 anyway), one of the most confusing puzzles of a baseball season in recent Royals history. Will they suck? Maybe, I don't know. Will we be given a year of 0.500 baseball? Possibly, I don't know. Will they win the division and go to the playoffs for the first time in 27 years? For the first time in a long time, it could happen, I don't know. 92 losses, 92 wins, or anything in between would not surprise a lot of us.

Everything goes here except Gameday threads and really big news. If a giant story breaks, the Royals achieve some awesome milestone, or we sign/lose a highly significant player/coach/mascot/whatever, then it might also deserve its own thread. This being Chiefs Planet, please do not clutter the board with new threads about trivial Royals news or you will only annoy those who come here for just Chiefs football. If you aren't sure and its not a Gameday thread, it goes here.

What sort of stuff often goes here? SPchief explained it well, so I'll just copy that:

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Old 01-29-2012, 10:28 AM   #631
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Found this little nugget from Buster Olney on Twitter...

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Then Hosmer dropped this one a few minutes ago
He's going all Alex Gordon on us now. I doubt anyone will laugh at him though.
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According to Dayton in an article in the Star today, we're probably done for the winter (except hopefully extending Gordon, obviously). If we're in a division race at the All-Star break, he may make a move.
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According to Dayton in an article in the Star today, we're probably done for the winter (except hopefully extending Gordon, obviously). If we're in a division race at the All-Star break, he may make a move.
Prudence might well prove to be the right move at this point in time, but damn if it's still not a little frustrating.
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Solar panels to help power Kauffman Stadium


By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com | 01/31/12 3:23 PM EST

KANSAS CITY -- It might not make a difference in their home run totals or the speed of their pitches, but the Royals are going to be powered by the sun this year at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals and Kansas City Power & Light on Tuesday announced a solar energy partnership and unveiled what they called the largest in-stadium solar array in Major League Baseball.

A string of 120 solar panels, 60 on each of side of the CrownVision board, have been installed atop the canopy of Kauffman Stadium's Outfield Experience. They will provide part of the electrical energy required to operate the stadium.


"The Royals are committed to making Kauffman Stadium one of the most environmentally-friendly facilities in sports," said Kevin Uhlich, the Royals' senior vice president-business operations. He noted that this partnership meshes with MLB's initiatives on renewable energy.

The solar panels, while unobtrusive in the appearance of the renovated stadium, can be seen from every seat and will be on display internationally during the All-Star Game on July 10 at Kauffman.

"It's a great national platform, not only for the Royals, but for KCP&L to show how we're kind of leading the way in managing these green initiatives," Uhlich said.

"This is a great time to put our region on display for the world and there are things that people may not know about the Kansas City region," said Chuck Caisley, KCP&L vice president of marketing and public affairs "and that is we're actually a growing epicenter nationally of advanced energy."

The solar panels face south and toward home plate, but KCP&L officials assured the Royals there would be no glare that might affect the players.

Fans at games this year at Kauffman can learn more about the panels at an educational kiosk, which will be installed in the Outfield Experience in time for the April 13 home opener against the Cleveland Indians.

"There'll be an interactive display to show the power that's going to be generated from it, so it's going to be educational for the fans as well," Uhlich said. "Baseball has a lot of green initiatives, and the other one we're doing this season is paperless ticketing -- we're offering that right now to our season-ticket holders."

The Royals also have been active in recycling at the stadium.

At this point, the solar panels will provide just part of the stadium's needed electrical power.

"They are actually hooked into the stadium and we're working now to quantify exactly how much. We're thinking at this point it'll probably be enough to power the refrigeration for all the beverages in the stadium," Caisley said. "We're working with [concessionaire] Aramark to confirm that, but about [what is needed for] four to six residential houses or 36,000 kilowatt hours a year is what it'll produce."

Caisley smiled as he had a thought that should hit home with the fans.

"So your beer is going to be cooled by the sun," he said.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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Hopefully we won't see any more stories like this one in the Onion Sports from 2005, it's time to start anew!

http://www.theonion.com/articles/dyi...ty-royal,5029/
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Dozens of players in shorts and T-shirts navigated around each other in the weight room at the Royals' spring training complex Monday, like boats in a busy port. The right of way went to those in the midst of another set of pull-ups or a core exercise.

Spring training won't start for another three weeks for some of them -- longer, for others -- and there were 60 players at the complex, from major leaguers like Billy Butler to minor leaguers like Irving Falu.

David Lough had shared in the first hitting group of the morning, with Mitch Maier, Jarrod Dyson and Eric Hosmer, and Lough sprayed line drives over shortstop. He had wintered at his Ohio home, so there is a practical benefit for him to get to Arizona early -- to be outside. But he recalled that in the past, you might see only a handful of guys at the complex at the end of January.

Now there are 60 guys, an enormous turnout. Some, like Johnny Giavotella, are here because they have to be; Giavotella had some minor hip surgery and has been getting treatment. But a lot of the players are presumably absorbing at least some of the cost for food and housing to be here.

So many of them have played in the minor leagues together, and won in the minor leagues together, and there is a feeling among them that their time is coming in the big leagues. The Royals won 17 of their 29 games and ranked third in OPS in the American League for the month of September, as Hosmer and Mike Moustakas and others settled in.

The fact is that a lot is out of their control. The Detroit Tigers won the AL Central last year and just spent $214 million to sign one of the best power hitters on the planet -- about the same as the combined payroll of the Royals in the last four seasons. The Cleveland Indians, like Kansas City, have a young and developing team.

The Royals don't yet know what they'll get out of Jonathan Sanchez, as he shifts to the AL after pitching for the San Francisco Giants for the last six seasons, or from Aaron Crow, an All-Star reliever who is looking to transition into the rotation. Kansas City finished 29th in starters' ERA last year, and the Royals will not be relevant until that gets much better.

The Royals are expected to try to retain homegrown star Alex Gordon, who is coming off his best season. Hosmer is a rising star and time will tell whether the Royals invest in him in the way that the Tampa Bay Rays did with Evan Longoria and the Milwaukee Brewers did with Ryan Braun. Hosmer can't possibly know how he would react, he explains, until there's an offer on the table. The same is true for Moustakas, Danny Duffy, Wil Myers and some of the other high-end talents.

But the Royals appear completely invested in each other, for now, and you can see that in the way that Joakim Soria helps the younger players with their work, and the way that catcher Salvador Perez interacts with the others and talks about doing what he can to play in as many games as possible. Jeff Francoeur is not here yet, but he will be, and other players say that even if he hadn't hit in 2011 -- and he did, collecting 71 extra-base hits -- he would have been worth whatever he was paid, for the way that he made the best days even more fun and the worst days tolerable.

Francoeur came up with the Atlanta Braves, as did Kansas City GM Dayton Moore, so it's not a coincidence that the atmosphere around the team is full of respect and expectation and professionalism. As other players arrive in other camps, that won't be universal for the 30 teams.

It's a good start to 2012 for the Royals, who are laboring to end their 26-year streak of not making the playoffs.

The Fielder signing isn't going to change the Royals' plans, writes Rustin Dodd.

The Royals have gone green, with solar panels.

Notables

Chipper Jones says 2012 might not be his last season.

Here are Jones' all-time rankings:

Hits: 2,615 (75th)
Runs: 1,561 (53th)
Doubles: 526 (36th)
Home runs: 454 (33rd)
RBIs: 1,561 (40th)

The Theo Epstein talks are on the back burner, as Nick Cafardo writes.

Baseball executives are fascinated to see how commissioner Bud Selig resolves this, because it will set a precedent on the market value of general managers.

"On one hand, Bud probably doesn't want to force the Cubs to give up a lot, because he doesn't want to create a situation where a GM costs as much as an All-Star player," said one GM. "On the other hand, he doesn't want the Cubs to get away with giving up almost nothing, because he won't want to create a situation where GMs are easily jumping from one team to another to take a president's title, the way that Theo did.

"If I were Bud, I wouldn't even get involved. I'd make them settle it."

One way Selig could stay out of it is insisting the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox finish the compensation issue, while imposing fines on both organizations for each day that the thing is unresolved.

The Philadelphia Phillies scouted Chad Qualls late last season and tracked his fastball in the mid-90s, and while they are hopeful that Jose Contreras will be back and effective again, they added Qualls as something of a safety net. This is the final piece for the Philadelphia bullpen, writes Bob Brookover.

Victor Martinez had the first of two surgeries.

Bill Shaikin has new stuff on the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Moves, deals and decisions

1. Mark Teixeira may lay down some bunts.

2. The New York Yankees hired Jim Hendry.

3. Dan Connelly writes about the Baltimore Orioles prospects that might be trade bait. It's incredible that a Rule 5 pick is ranked among Baltimore's top 10 prospects.

4. Edwin Jackson likely won't pick the Orioles. It'd be one of the worst places for an established free-agent starting pitcher to go, unless he was signing for huge dollars, because he'd be landing on the worst team in the AL East, while pitching in an offense-rich park.

5. The Orioles' signing of a young Korean pitcher is drawing criticism.

6. The Tigers could wind up using as many as 10 guys at the DH spot.

7. The Houston Astros signed Livan Hernandez.

8. The Texas Rangers promoted some scouts.

9. Signing Roy Oswalt would go against everything the Rangers have stood for, writes Gerry Fraley. If they do sign him, trading Matt Harrison could be an option, says the pitcher.

10. Evan Longoria has no regrets about signing his contract.

11. The Indians picked up a guy who will compete for a bench job.

12. Oswalt would make sense for the St. Louis Cardinals, writes Bernie Miklasz.

13. The Indians would still like to settle some arbitration cases, writes Paul Hoynes.

14. The Cubs' brass is learning about the organization's new facility.

15. The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with a couple of arbitration-eligible guys.

16. The San Diego Padres reached an agreement with a pitcher.

Other stuff

Bob Costas says the NL MVP award should be re-voted if Braun is suspended, noting the baseball writers' inconsistency.

David Samson is going to run for charity, as mentioned within this Juan Rodriguez blog.

Somebody stole a ring from Matt Garza, writes Marc Topkin.

Boston's spring training facility will have a new look.

Toronto's front office and fans share a passion to win, writes Bob Elliott. Alex Anthopoulos addressed questions about the state of the Jays.

There will be a new lounge at PNC Park.

Denny McLain could learn something from Brandon Inge rather than ridiculing him, writes Tom Gage.

On one hand, Vanderbilt lost a road game at Arkansas last night. On the other hand, the football program will cap off its best recruiting class ever today.

And today will be better than yesterday
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