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Kansas City Royals announce 2019 Organizational award winners

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 18, 2020) – The Kansas City Royals honored 10 individuals with organization awards for the 2019 season via Zoom ring ceremony the afternoon of June 17 that included all players and the Baseball Operations staff. The Royals’ four 2019 championship affiliates were also honored.

Individual honorees included:

Khalil Lee, recipient of the George Brett Award, which recognizes the top position player in the organization. Lee was named Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year last season after batting .264 (124-for-546) with a .363 on-base percentage in a career-high 129 games. He had a career-high 53 stolen bases, which ranked third in all of minor league baseball, and had on-base streaks of 23 games (May 20-June 15) and 17 games (July 11-30). In his first full season at Double-A, Lee was named a Texas League midseason All-Star, and earned Northwest Arkansas Player of the Month honors in July. Lee was selected in the third round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Flint High School in Virginia.

Kris Bubic, recipient of the Paul Splittorff Award, which recognizes the top pitcher in the organization. Bubic was named Wilmington Pitcher of the Year last season, after going 11-5 and led Royals farmhands with a 2.23 ERA (37 ER in 149.1 IP) and .199 opponents’ average in 26 starts across two levels. His 185 strikeouts led all of minor league baseball, and were the second most ever by a Royals left-handed minor leaguer. Nine of his 26 starts were scoreless, including his one-hit shutout on August 15 vs. Lynchburg, in which he struck out 11 batters for the second straight start. His last 17 starts came with the Blue Rocks, for which he earned Carolina League postseason All-Star honors. Bubic was also selected to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. He started two of Wilmington’s 10 playoff games and posted a 1.23 ERA (3 ER in 12.2 IP) with 19 strikeouts, leading the Blue Rocks to their first Carolina League championship since 1999. Bubic was selected in the first round (40th overall) in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

MJ Melendez, recipient of the Frank White Award, which recognizes the top defensive player in the organization. Melendez earned his second organization award in as many seasons, after being named recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award in 2018. Melendez earned Carolina League All-Star honors last season and led all catchers with a .991 fielding percentage (6 errors in 659 total chances). He also threw out 36 of 60 attempted base stealers (60.0%) in 71 games behind the plate.

Nick Heath, recipient of the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year, which recognizes the top baserunner in the organization. Heath earned this honor for the second straight season in 2019 after leading the minors with a career-high 60 stolen bases, the highest single-season total by a Royals minor leaguer since Terrance Gore had 68 steals in 2013. Heath was added to the Royals’ 40-man roster last November. He was selected in the 16th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

Foster Griffin, recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award, which recognizes a player who best represents the organization on and off the field. Griffin was named the left-handed starting pitcher for the Pacific Coast League end-of-season All-Star team in 2019 after finishing fifth among league qualified starters in opponents’ average, eighth in winning percentage, ninth in strikeouts and 10th in ERA. He was selected in the first round (28th overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Brooks Conrad, recipient of the Dick Howser Award, which recognizes a player development employee for outstanding contributions to the organization. In his first season as manager at Lexington, Conrad led the Legends to their second straight South Atlantic League title, making Lexington the first Royals affiliate to win back-to-back league championships since Omaha won consecutive Pacific Coast League titles from 2013-14. Conrad made his managerial debut in the Royals’ organization with Burlington in 2018, following a six-year Major League career with Oakland (2008), Atlanta (2009-11), Milwaukee (2012), Tampa Bay (2012) and San Diego (2014).

Freddy Fermin, recipient of the Carlos Fortuna Award, which recognizes a player who is dedicated to improving his English, work ethic and conduct. Fermin split the 2019 season between Lexington and Northwest Arkansas. He played in a career-high 86 games and hit a career-best 12 home runs, nine of which came in Lexington. Fermin was named a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star prior to his promotion to Double-A, and threw out 26 of 55 would-be base stealers (47.3%) across his two stops, including 17 of 25 (68.0%) with Lexington. Fermin also appeared in four games with the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League. He was signed as an international free agent in 2015.

Todd Jansen and Danny Helmer, co-recipients of the Matt Minker Award, which recognizes an outstanding minor league affiliate employee. Jansen started with the Omaha Royals in 2003, making this his 18th season working in professional baseball. Since 2009, he has spent the Spring and Fall seasons working at the Surprise complex for the Royals. Helmer has spent 22 seasons working in professional baseball. He started working with the Royals in 1999 as a 14-year-old bat boy for the Wichita Wingnuts. This is his 13th season with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Tim Conroy, recipient of the Art Stewart Award, which recognizes the organization’s most outstanding scout. Conroy joined the Royals organization in 2011 after serving in various roles with the Braves from 2004-11 and Cardinals from 1994-2000. A former first-round selection of the Oakland Athletics, Conroy spent parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues.

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY ROYALS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

MLB, MiLB, still working on plan to eliminate several Minor League teams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joint MLB-MiLB statement

10:06 AM EDT

Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball jointly issued the following statement today:

“The respective negotiating teams of Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball held a constructive meeting on Wednesday. The parties are continuing their discussions, with the goal of concluding a mutually beneficial long-term agreement in the near future.”

 

COURTESY OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

 

 

Dayton Dragons 2020 entertainment schedule, ticket information

 

DAYTON, OHIO – Single-game ticket sales for Dayton Dragons 2020 home games are on sale.  The Dragons 21st Opening Night game is set for Thursday, April 9 when they host the Great Lakes Loons at Day Air Ballpark at 7:00 p.m. All 2020 games and events depend on the current coronavirus situation and when it begins to slow down.

 

Single-game tickets for Dragons 2020 regular season games can be purchased at the Dragons Box Office located next to the main entry gates at Day Air Ballpark and through the following outlets:

 

  • On-line at daytondragons.com
  • By phone by calling the Dragons Box office at (937) 228-2287; or Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at (937) 228-2323
  • In person at any Miami Valley Kroger store that has a Ticketmaster outlet location

 

The box office will be open throughout the season from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  On weekend game dates, the box office will open at 12:00 noon and close in the seventh inning.  The box office will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays when the team is on the road.

 

There is never a convenience charge for tickets purchased at the Dragons box office.  There is also no convenience charge for tickets purchased from the Dragons by phone at (937) 228-2287 (a shipping charge is added for tickets that are mailed).

 

The Dragons are scheduled to play 70 home games during the regular season.  Game times are 7 p.m. for Monday through Saturday games, and Sundays are 2 p.m. (Exceptions:  Saturday, April 11 and Saturday, April 25 are 2 p.m. starts; Sunday, May 17 is a 4 p.m. start; Sunday, May 24 is a 7:00 p.m. start; Monday, May 25—Memorial Day—is a 2 p.m. start).  Gates open one hour prior to game time.

 

Seven Fireworks Shows on Dragons 2020 Entertainment Schedule

 

The Dragons will conduct seven Fireworks shows during the 2020 season, presented by Associated Builders and Contractors.  Fireworks can be enjoyed following games on Friday, April 24; Friday, May 8; Saturday, May 23; Saturday, June 6; Saturday, June 13; Saturday, August 1; and Friday, August 28.  Fans are also invited to attend the Dragons game on Friday, July 3 and enjoy the City of Dayton’s annual Fireworks Spectacular after the game at 10:00 p.m.

 

ZOOperstars, Jesse White Tumblers Headline Dates with National Entertainers

 

National entertainment acts have been booked to perform at eight Dragons games this season at Day Air Ballpark.  The special entertainment schedule includes the return to Day Air Ballpark of the ZooperStars, a traditional favorite at Dragons games.  The entertainment schedule also includes the Jesse White Tumblers, BirdZerk!, the Russian Bar Trio, Mutts Gone Nuts, and three appearances by Team Zoom Canine Entertainment.

 

Click the links below to go to the entertainment act’s website

 

The Jesse White Tumblers are known worldwide and have been performing since 1959.  Their acrobatic show has been part of two Presidential Parades and has been seen in numerous NFL, NBA, and MLB stadiums.  They will perform at Day Air Ballpark on May 17.

The Russian Bar Trio is an incredible high-flying act that has performed on Oprah, Ellen, and America’s Got Talent.  They will appear at Day Air Ballpark on June 7.

 

The ZOOperstars have become a fan favorite at Day Air Ballpark based on past performances.  These hilarious inflatable characters are based on sports figures with an animal resemblance, such as Clammy Sosa, Cow Ripken, and Ken Giraffey, Jr.  The ZOOperstars will perform on June 11.

BirdZerk! is well-known for skits that revolve around pranks on players and umpires and acrobatic, synchronized dances. In 2008, BirdZerk! was named as the top minor league baseball promotional act by CNBC sports business columnist Darren Rovell. BirdZerk! will visit Day Air Ballpark on June 12.

 

Mutts Gone Nuts features high flying frisbee dogs, tightwire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and more.  The act has appeared on the ABC Television program, The View.  Recording artist Lee Greenwood called it “the funniest act I have ever worked with,” while First Lady Barbara Bush said, “I laughed until I wept.”  This act will appear at Day Air Ballpark on August 29.

 

The Team Zoom Canine Entertainment group is also a fan favorite at Day Air Ballpark.  These unbelievably athletic dogs will perform death-defying leaps and unique tricks at incredible speeds.  They will perform three times this season at Day Air Ballpark, entertaining Dragons fans on May 9, July 23, and August 16.

 

2020 Schedule of National Entertainment Acts at Day Air Ballpark

Saturday, May 9, 7 pm:  Team Zoom Canine Entertainment

Sunday, May 17, 4 pm:  Jesse White Tumblers

Sunday, June 7, 2 pm:  Russian Bar Trio

Thursday, June 11, 7 pm:  ZOOperstars

Friday, June 12, 7 pm:  BirdZerk!

Thursday, July 23, 7:00 pm:  Team Zoom Canine Entertainment

Sunday, August 16, 2 pm:  Team Zoom Canine Entertainment

Saturday, August 29, 7 pm:  Mutts Gone Nuts

 

AZEK Dragons Lair at Day Air Ballpark

The AZEK Dragons Lair is a full-service group hospitality area at Day Air Ballpark.  The Dragons Lair experience features an all-inclusive ticket that includes a ballpark buffet and souvenirs.  It comes with game tickets and a buffet featuring grilled hamburgers, all beef hot dogs, smoked pulled chicken, smoked pulled pork, mac and cheese, southern-style baked beans, watermelon, fresh-baked cookies, and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks.  A cash beer and wine bar can be added.  Everyone in the group also receives a Dragons hat and Dragons t-shirt.

Wendy’s Friends and Family Days/Nights

Dragons Wendy’s Friends & Family Days and Nights include “Dinner and a Show” at Day Air Ballpark and provide the best deal in town.  Get a Dragons ticket, Wendy’s 4 for $4 meal voucher, Dragons hat, and Dragons souvenir bobblehead.  Cost of the package is just $18 for stadium seats, or $12 for lawn tickets.  Each Wendy’s Friends and Family date is scheduled on a day or night that features special entertainment at Day Air Ballpark.  Plus, kids run the bases after every Wendy’s Friends and Family game.

 

Friends and Family dates are:

Friday, April 24, 7 pm (Fireworks)

Saturday, May 9, 7 pm (Team Zoom Canine Entertainment)

Sunday, May 17, 4 pm (Jesse White Tumblers)

Sunday, June 7, 2 pm (Russian Bar Trio)

Thursday, June 11, 7 pm (ZOOperstars)

Friday, June 12, 7 pm (BirdZerk!)

Sunday, August 16, 2 pm (Team Zoom Canine Entertainment)

Saturday, August 29, 7 pm (Mutts Gone Nuts)

 

Group ticket opportunities are also available through the Dragons, including luxury suites, seating in the AZEK Dragons Lair, party decks, on the third base side, and on the Lawn at Day Air Ballpark.  Special benefits are available for groups of 10 to 1,000 fans.

 

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Overnighters are back at Day Air Ballpark in 2020, set for Friday, June 5 and Friday, July 10. Local scouts spend the night at the ballpark and watch a movie on the video board.

 

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Home Run for Life

The Dragons and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have teamed up for their 14th year to showcase the “Home Run for Life” program.  This program honors individuals who have shown tremendous strength and courage in fighting serious illnesses.  Anthem Home Run for Life nights are May 27, June 17, August 5, and August 19.

 

Hometown Heroes Program

Five times during the 2020 baseball season, the Dragons will partner with the Dayton Development Coalition and Reynolds & Reynolds for a season-long tribute to all service men and women past and present.  There will be four special spotlights (April 22, May 25, June 14, July 13) that will each highlight a different aspect or organization involved in the military.  The season-long celebration will wrap up with American Celebration Night on August 1.

 

Community All-Stars

The Dragons partner with Vectren, Flying Ace Express Car Wash, and Think Patented on the Community All-Stars Program, honoring Dayton’s best individuals and organizations that are improving the quality of life in the Miami Valley. From fire fighters to first responders to volunteers and good Samaritans, the Dragons will honor five community all-stars.  These honorees will be highlighted during a game with a tribute video telling their story.  Dates are April 24, May 28, July 11, July 31, and August 31.

 

Veterans Salute

CareSource’s Veterans Salute program highlights five veteran’s stories during the course of each season.  Veterans who are chosen are honored at a Dragons game with an in-game ceremony and provided with VIP treatment during their special night.  Dates are April 26, May 17, June 7, July 12, and August 2.

Kids Run the Bases at every Sunday Game

Following every Dragons Sunday game, kids can enter the playing field and run the bases.  Dates are April 26, May 17, May 24, June 7, June 14, July 12, July 26, August 2, August 16, and August 30.  Kids can also run the bases after every Wendy’s Friends and Family game (see list of dates above).

 

Other Major Events                                                                            Date/s

Little Big Leagues Baseball Camps presented by IGS Energy                    June 15-16, July 23-24

Dragons 5K presented by Orthopedic Associates                                      July 18

Great American Beer Tasting presented by Heidelberg Distributing           August 8

Bob Ross Classic presented by Bob Ross Auto Group                               August 11

Dontatos Pizza Family Movie Night                                                          August 22

Yoga in the Outfield                                                                               August 26

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Minor League Baseball issues statement on Coronavirus & 2020 season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Minor League Baseball (MiLB) issued the following statement today:
“In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, and after consultation with medical professionals and our partners at Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season. We will continue to monitor the developments and will announce additional information about the 2020 season at a later date. We will work with Major League Baseball and our community partners to resume play as soon as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of Minor League Baseball fans, players and executives is our top priority, and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak.”

About Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball® clubs through their farm systems. In 2019, Minor League Baseball attracted over 41.5 million fans to its ballparks to see baseball’s future stars and experience affordable family-friendly entertainment that has been a staple of Minor League Baseball since 1901. For more information, visit www.MiLB.com. Follow Minor League Baseball on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton Dragons issue statement on Coronavirus

DAYTON, OH — The Dayton Dragons have just learned of the Governor’s order regarding the coronavirus situation and the prohibiting of large gatherings and outdoor events of over 100 people, including stadiums and arenas.  The Dragons’ #1 priority is, and always has been, the health, safety, and protection of our fans, employees, players and coaches.

 

The Dragons are currently gathering information and working with City, County, and State leaders, as well as public health officials.  The Dragons will be communicating with Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, and the Midwest League regarding the current situation.

 

There is still much to learn prior to the scheduled opening of our 21st season.  When we know more about the start of the 2020 season, we will contact all our ticketing clients, fans, and other members of our community.

 

Again, the Dayton Dragons’ #1 concern is for the health, safety, and protection of our fans, employees, players, and coaches, as we remain committed to providing the same great customer service and safe, clean, family-friendly entertainment to which our fans have grown accustomed. Our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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