Royals Minor League News:
Eric Stout is a recent 40 man roster addition and a big league camp invitee for the Royals. Stout was drafted in 2014 out of Butler University in the 13th round. Stout mostly started in college but like many pitchers would come back and throw relief at times during the week.
As the Omaha Storm Chasers’ 50th Season presented by First National Bank approaches, the organization has announced their promotions for the 2018 campaign at Werner Park. This season’s schedule will include many tributes to the past 50 years of team history, including specially themed days and jerseys, appearances from former players and coaches, giveaways, and much more.
With the 50th Season in Franchise History approaching, fans have the chance to determine the Omaha franchise’s 50th Season Team through online voting in conjunction with 1620 The Zone. One player has been chosen for each position from each of the franchise’s five decades, along with three outfielders, five pitchers and one manager. Fans are now asked to vote for one player at catcher, first base, second base, shortstop, third base and manager, as well as three outfielders and five pitchers, to be placed on the 50th Season Team.
Ned Yost’s contract with the Kansas City Royals expires after the 2018 season. With a rebuild on the horizon (and parts of it currently occurring), will Yost want to stick around until the next wave of young talent is ready to contribute?
Mike Moustakas is still a free agent, coming off a season in which he posted a career-best and Royals franchise record 38 home runs. Given that Kauffman Stadium is not the most home run friendly park, and that Moose had various knee issues near the end of the season, you’d think he’d have something of a market. However, as with many of the free agents in this class, Moose has had a hard time finding a home in 2018.
All 30 Major League teams will wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball caps before their Spring Training games this weekend to show support for the Parkland, Fla., community and the Stoneman Douglas student body after the tragic shooting at the school on Feb. 14.
Former Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar has not pitched in a major-league game since July 21, 2016. He missed all of last season after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. But he’s not retiring. Hochevar is still planning to pitch again, his agent, Scott Boras, said Tuesday. Hochevar’s return, however, has been delayed by complications from the procedure.
Baseball Hobby News:
The powerful Negro Leagues star never had an opportunity to play in the major leagues and so we’re left mostly with memories of those who watched him. While some are estimates, the numbers that were kept from his career are mind-boggling. Still, there’s a longing to really know whether he was a better slugger than the best of his white contemporaries. Was he the black Babe Ruth…or was Ruth the white Josh Gibson?
Robinson broke the modern-era color line in major-league baseball when he signed with the Dodgers on April 11, 1947. Nearly two years earlier, Robinson signed a deal with the Dodgers’ top minor-league club in Montreal, on Oct. 23, 1945. Both documents will be sold by Goldin Auctions on Feb. 27 during a live sale celebrating Black History Month, according to Ken Goldin, the auction house’s founder and chairman.