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Royals baseball brings ‘The Bachelor’ to spring-training camp

Juan Pablo Galavis, formerly of “The Bachelor” television show watched during Thursday’s spring training workout for the Royals in Surprise, Ariz.
Juan Pablo Galavis, formerly of “The Bachelor” television show watched during Thursday’s spring training workout for the Royals in Surprise, Ariz. The Kansas City Star

It’s cool with Nikki Ferrell, Juan Pablo Galavis says. The December break-up between the couple connected on “The Bachelor” was good for both of them.

“We stay in touch, of course. We care a lot about each other,” Galavis said Thursday, watching the Royals during spring training.

Baseball brought Galavis to the desert. The former professional soccer player from Venezuela is friends with countrymen like catcher Salvador Perez, who he staying with here.

It’s a work trip. Since 2011, Galavis works on behalf of the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Valencia, visiting ballparks and obtaining artifacts and collectables.

He got a bat and batting gloves from Astros’ second baseman Jose Altuve, who led the National League in hitting last season, and a Giants jersey from Marco Scutaro. Galavis happened to be in the Giants clubhouse when an equipment manager brought Scutaro a jersey that was too big. Galavis happily accepted the gift.

“Obviously it’s not Cooperstown, but we have tried to improve it,” Galavis said. “I got to meet many players and have a relationship with them.”

So, about “The Bachelor” and Nikki, a nurse a Children’s Mercy Hosptial …

“It was such a great experience, but watching the TV show, ‘Wow, I thought, are they really going to put that on the show?’” Galavais said. “But they have to do a show, so I understand.”

The couple attended Royals and Sporting KC games together, but they couldn’t make it work.

“At the end of the day,” Galavais said, “she’s in Kansas City and I’m in Miami … I couldn’t see myself moving and she couldn’t see herself moving.”

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @BlairKerkhoff.

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