The Royals announced that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has joined the team’s ownership group. The ownership group, led by John Sherman, bought the Royals from David Glass for more than $1 billion in August 2019 with other MLB owners approving the sale in November. The full membership list of the Royals’ ownership group is quite long, with over 20 other individuals and organizations.
In a statement, Sherman said, “We are very proud and excited to have Patrick as our partner in the ownership group of this franchise. Along with the rest of Kansas City, I have watched Patrick compete and become an extraordinary leader, both on and off the football field.”
Mahomes said, “I’m honored to become a part owner of the Kansas City Royals. I love this city and the people of this great town. This opportunity allows me to deepen my roots in this community, which is something I’m excited to do.”
Mahomes, 24, led the Chiefs to a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, earning MVP honors. He inked a 10-year, $450 million contract extension with the Chiefs earlier this month.
The Royals, who play the Tigers on Tuesday evening, are 2-2 to open the 2020 regular season. They are in the middle of a rebuilding phase and aren’t expected to be highly competitive this year.
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.
“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.
He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.
“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”
Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.
“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.
“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”
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