Caravan heads out on second leg

Caravan makes stops in Topeka, Manhattan

For the second trip of the Royals Caravan, the group is on a three-day tour of cities in Kansas. Travelers include third baseman Mark Teahen, who gave this report on Monday's stops in Topeka and Manhattan:

"I'm relaxing in Manhattan. Everyone else went over to the basketball game -- they're playing Texas Tech. I'm feeling a little under the weather. Too many sporting events, I guess. I'm feeling fine. I just need to catch up on some rest.

"The day went very well. We were in Topeka for about three hours and had a panel to answer questions and signed autographs after that. It's nice to have [general manager] Dayton [Moore] on these things. We don't have to answer too many questions.

"I have to answer just two questions: 'How's my shoulder?' and 'Do I mind playing the outfield?' I think I've got those two down. Standard questions, and I've got standard answers: 'The arm feels good, and it should be 100 percent by spring,' and 'We don't know what's going to happen, but I'm going to go into Spring expecting to play third base. It's just going to come down to what's best for the team.'

"The weird thing about today was that they didn't seem to know [Todd] Wellemeyer as well as I thought they would. Wellemeyer was one of our best relievers in the bullpen, and people were coming up to him and saying, 'Well, you're the new guy.' And on the radio in Manhattan, the guy was like, 'Oh, so you're the young guy of the crew, huh?' Maybe he was kidding; Wellemeyer is the veteran guy on this thing.

"And Wellemeyer did announce his candidacy for the 2020 presidency. He made it official tonight having dinner with me and Shane Costa. It was pretty formal. He was running off some random political stats and decided it was time. ... So the future is in good hands."

There you have it, fans, some hot news from the Caravan. That 2020 date does give Wellemeyer plenty of time to build name recognition.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.