Royals' former volleyball star set for HOF induction

KANSAS CITY -- Royals coordinator for media services Dina (Wathan) Blevins, daughter of former Royals player and manager and current assistant to player development John Wathan, will be inducted into the Pittsburg State (Kan.) Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Blevins was a volleyball All-American -- the first at Pittsburg State -- and a three-time All-Region outside hitter from 2000-03. She led the Gorillas to their first NCAA Tournament berth her senior year and won All-MIAA recognition each of her four years, including first-team honors in her final two seasons. She holds eight Pittsburg State records and her career digs mark ranks second all-time in NCAA Division II.

She and her two brothers, Dusty and Derek, were all active in sports. Dusty played briefly for the Royals in 2002 and is currently a manager in the Philadelphia system. Derek is recently retired from pro ball after playing 11 years in the Minor Leagues.

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