Friday, June 22, 2012

MLB Releases Crown Statues For All-Star Game, Royals Make Roster Moves

Major League Baseball has unveiled their All-Star Crown Statues to celebrate the 2012 MLB All-Star game and activities held in Kansas City. MLB teamed up with licensee Forever Collectibles to design a series of All-Star crown statues to celebrate baseball in Kansas City. A total of five statues, each weighing more than 1,000 pounds, will be positioned around the Kansas City area. MLB will announce the specific locations at a later date.

The statues will be uniquely decorated to celebrate the 2012 All-Star Game, the Royals, and each of MLB’s 30 clubs. Artist Charles Fazzio designed and painted one of the statues.

Collectible versions of the statues are now available as well at the shop. The statues are 6.5 inches tall, and should be available through team shops and local retailers sometime next week. Each statue is currently $24.99 through the shop.

In Royals news, Kansas City has announced that Catcher Salvy Perez will return for this weekend’s I-70 series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Perez missed the season’s first 67 games, but has been playing extremely well in Class AAA ball in Omaha. However, the Royals will be losing the best pitcher on their staff, as Felipe Paulino’s injury will require him to have season-ending Tommy John surgery. The injury is similar to the one that Danny Duffy suffered several weeks ago, and Paulino will be the fourth Royal pitcher to be forced to undergo Tommy John surgery this season.

The Royals will face the Cardinals tonight at 7:10 p.m at Kauffman Stadium. Vin Mazzaro (3-1) will start for Kansas City, while Joe Kelly (0-0) will take the mound for St. Louis.

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