>>Royals Make Qualifying Offer To Santana
(Kansas City, MO) – The Royals have made a qualifying offer to pending free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana. The one-year, 14.1-million-dollar tender ensures the Royals will receive draft pick compensation should the right-hander sign with another team. Santana was 9-and-10 with a 3.24 ERA this past season.
>>Holland Royals’ Pitcher Of Year
(Kansas City, MO) – Closer Greg Holland is once again the Royals’ Pitcher of the Year. He was chosen Monday by the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers Association for the second straight year. Holland made the All-Star team, led AL relievers in strikeouts and set a club record with 47 saves.
>>”Quiz” Up For Hall Vote
(Kansas City, MO) – Former Royals closer Dan Quisenberry is getting another shot at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The submarine right-hander is one of 12 up for vote by the Expansion Era Veterans Committee. Quisenberry, who died in 1998, had 244 saves in 12 big league seasons.
>>La Russa On Hall Of Fame Ballot
(St. Louis, MO) – Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is one of 12 candidates on the Expansion Era ballot for election to the baseball Hall of Fame. Voting by a 16-member blue-ribbon panel will take place at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida on December 8th. If La Russa can garner 75-percent of the votes cast, he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next July in Cooperstown.
>>Mizzou’s Franklin Available In Relief
(Columbia, MO) – Missouri quarterback James Franklin is available again if needed. Head coach Gary Pinkel says he could have played some in relief on Saturday against Tennessee. Franklin has been nursing a shoulder sprain since October 12th against Georgia. The Tigers beat the Vols 31-3.
>>Top Recruit Bauer Re-Commits To Tigers
(Columbia, MO) – Highly-rated recruit, offensive tackle Andy Bauer committed to Mizzou as a high school sophomore. As a junior, Bauer re-opened his recruitment before eventually committing to Ole Miss. After visiting Mizzou on Saturday, Bauer decided to switch his commitment back to the Tigers. A St. Louis native, Bauer is the nation’s 105th rated player and the top-ranked player in Missouri for this year’s class.