“Guest Blogger: Chris McConnell”

        HI everyone, this is Chris McConnell of the Kansas City Royals and the Surprise Raftersmcconnell-chris_Joy-R-Absalon.jpg of the Arizona Fall League. Let me get started by introducing myself. I am from Franklinville, NJ and I was drafted out of Delsea Regional High School in 2004. This past season i was playing for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Which is a short drive over the bridge to my house in NJ. Where i actually lived there for the entire season. I had my parents and my wife at every game.
         I am now here in the AFL and we been playing now for about 2 weeks. There is alot of good players here and the speed of the game is a little bit quicker. My goals here are just to hit the ball well, play good defense, and just try to do the little things to win. I try not to pay too much attention to stats. We have a a little less then a month of the season left so i hope to do well and i am sure time will fly by ( it already has). Wish me luck.
                                                         Chris McConnell


  1. royalsnut2

    Chris this question is for each of you and your teammates. First of all, I’d like to congratulate each of you for making it this far in professional baseball. I’m sure you would each like to make it all the way, but always remember you are already among the elite in the sport, which is truly saying something.

    I am a 15 and under American Legion coach of the JC Royals, and the worlds biggest Royals fan, who tries to follow the players from Idaho Falls to Omaha. I personally did not play after age 16, which had the end result of actually making me an even bigger fan since I didn’t get the chance to fulfill my own dream. I have taught myself many things about baseball since, and have the attitude “if I only knew then, what I know now…”

    So that is my question for each of you. Give me something to pass on to my players, in the vein of “If I only knew then what I know now…….”

    Lastly, I would like to say, take that same approach for yourselves whenever you are around veterans and try to speed up your own development. It seems there are always prospects who arrive in KC, that still struggle with some of the situational hitting, bunting, etc. I truly believe the reason Aviles made such an impact this season was because he spent enough time in the minors to become a complete player.
    Sorry for such a long comment, but GREAT LUCK to you and I can’t wait to see you tearing it up in KC when your time comes. GO ROYALS!

  2. gatwoi@gmail.com

    Hello, Chris –
    Thanks for blogging. I was wondering if your games are broadcast on the internet or a local radio station that might have a website? Thanks, and the best of luck. Hope to see you in KC.

    Liberty, Missouri

  3. caufieldlaw@cox.net

    Hi Chris,

    I’m new to AZ as well as the AFL and was at the game in Surprise today. You stunned me when after the game you gave 1 of your bats to my 8 year-old daughter. She (and I) will cherish that memory forever. We’re hoping that’s the bat of a soon to be big leaguer.

    Thanks again, that was a class act.

    Dennis & Chloe
    P.S. We just moved out here from NJ.

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