KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Two former Shockers have played big league ball for the Kansas City Royals.
One was Russ Morman. The other was Jaime Bluma who still makes his home in Kansas City.
“I was only a Royal and always a Royal”
Bluma pitched in three College World Series’ at Wichita State making his name as an All League Closer.
“I’m so happy to say that Brent is still there because he’s the guy who molded me not just from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint,” said Bluma.
The Royals took him in the third round of the 1994 draft, and he showed promise in his first 17 big league games.
But a shoulder injury derailed his career, and he never returned to the major league level.
“Everybody that played whether it’s one year, 10 year or 12 years, you always wanted to play longer than you did,” said Bluma.
Still, he’s maintained close ties to the Royals and the baseball community in Kansas City where he trains young pitchers at 68’s Inside Sports.
“It’s great what I’m doing now teaching lessons because we’re just breeding a whole new generation of Royals players and fans.”
He has enjoyed every second of this Royals Run and sees no reason it can’t continue.
“You don’t know what you don’t know. These guys are playing free and easy, and I like their chances just as much as like the Giants chances.”
The story of Jaime Bluma doesn’t end there.
Last winter, he helped pull a family from a rollover car wreck on an icy Kansas highway and in the process tore his achilles tendon.
Bluma says if he had it to do all over he’d do the exact same thing.