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Royals get sized up … for AL championship rings

Players and staff from the American League championship Royals got sized for their rings before Friday’s spring training session. Rings are only for sizing, not what ring will look like.
Players and staff from the American League championship Royals got sized for their rings before Friday’s spring training session. Rings are only for sizing, not what ring will look like. The Kansas City Star

Photo day for the Royals is also the occasion for players to sign baseballs, jerseys, bats and other memorabilia for charity. It’s the usual lineup of tables set up outside the clubhouse, with one notable exception this season.

There was Jennifer Duerre’s table.

She’s a marketing manager for Jostens and on her table were ring sample sizes. Players and team personnel were getting fitted for their American League championship rings.

“I like seeing you,” pitcher Danny Duffy told Duerre, who was making her third trip to Surprise, having sized up the Rangers after their 2010 and 2011 AL titles. She also measured the rings for the Miami Heat’s successive NBA title and the World Series champion Red Sox and Cardinals in recent years.

The ring design won’t be revealed until the presentation on Opening Day.

As for Royals from 2014 who are no longer with the team, players like James Shields, Billy Butler, Aaron Crow and Nori Aoki, they’re being sent sizing kits and their rings can be shipped or presented to them when their teams meet the Royals.

The Royals commemorated their championship in other ways.

Players signed baseballs by the dozens, but also a few boxes of World Series baseballs.

Pitching rubbers with the signatures of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, the bullpen’s big three, have been added to the novelty collection.

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

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