KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals have found a second summer home.
The club announced a partnership Friday with the Kansas City T-Bones, who will host players on the 60-man roster but not on the 30-man 2020 travel roster at the independent minor league team’s facility in Kansas City, Kansas.
The proximity to Kauffman Stadium and Kansas City was a driving factor in our decision,” Royals Vice President Scott Sharp said in a statement announcing the partnership.
“We are fortunate to have a quality baseball facility so close to Kauffman, allowing our players to train without the disruption of re-locating outside of the metro area. We believe this is a win for all involved,” he added.
The T-Bones were cut from the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball season due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“Without T-Bones baseball this year, the Unified Government is happy to step up and help out our hometown KC Royals by providing access to our baseball stadium,” Assistant Wyandotte County Administrator Emerick Cross said in a statement from the team.
The T-Bones facility will be closed to media and visitors.
The Royals begin the long-delayed, 60-game season on July 24 in Cleveland.