Baseball delayed by bees Lowell Hutchison, left, a retired bee keeper from St. Joseph, Mo., helps bag a swarm of bees that settled on a bag alongside the Kansas City Royals dugout during a spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Surprise, Ariz. Royals manager Ned Yost watches at right. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP/Charlie Riedel)
Baseball delayed by bees
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A swarm of bees briefly delayed the Kansas City Royals' 3-2 baseball spring training victory over the Colorado Rockies.
 
Edinson Volquez threw three hitless innings for the Royals, but the insects caused the biggest buzz. They sent Kansas City manager Ned Yost, members of his coaching staff and fans scurrying early in the March 8 exhibition matchup in Surprise, Arizona. Yost and his coaches like to sit on folding chairs outside the dugout and the bees caused them to duck for cover.
 
Yost said nobody got stung.
 
"They're not going to mess with you, just don't mess with them," Yost said. "Kind of like the Royals, don't mess with us and we won't mess with you."
 
The bees were removed in a plastic trash bag after the top of the third inning. Lowell Hutchinson is a retired beekeeper from St. Joseph, Missouri and came out of the stands to assist with gathering them. With the scarcity of honey bees, Yost implored the bees be saved, not exterminated.
 
"I said, 'We ain't killing those bees. We better figure something out,'" Yost said. "Luckily we had a beekeeper from St. Joe here. They had already devised that plan, just put them in a plastic bag, take them out and let them go. We ain't killing them. There aren't enough bees in the world, boys. We can't be exterminating them."
 
"They're so important to our environment. They pollenate everything. It doesn't make any sense to panic and kill bees when you don't have to. I am proud the way we handled it," he said.
 
Volquez saw Yost rush for the dugout while he was on the mound.
 
"I'm just glad to be alive," Volquez said and laughed.
 
Bubba Starling hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the Royals sixth off Jason Motte. Paulo Orlando also homered for Kansas City.
 
"The bees were crazy," Starling said. "They were all over the place. All the coaches came in until they got that taken care of. There was some actually down in the dugout. The majority of them were out in the on-deck circle."
 
Rockies starter Jordan Lyles delayed warming up in the third inning when the bees were removed to a loud applause.
 
"That third inning the umpires told me to hold off, that they were going to take the bees out," Lyles said. "It didn't affect us on the field, but I'm sure the fans weren't too happy."

Cristhian Adames homered for Colorado.

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COMMENTS (136)
  • christianc-ver
    3/14/2016 - 02:45 p.m.

    I think the plastic bag was a good solution because it did not kill the bees and it kept them contained until they could be released outside of the stadium.

  • jackb-ren
    3/14/2016 - 04:38 p.m.

    The plastic bag was effective because it wouldn't kill the bees. Their goal was to relocate the bees, not to exterminate them. A plastic bag will not suffocate the bees, and will not hurt them. The Braves did the right thing.

  • aidenk-dal
    3/14/2016 - 05:30 p.m.

    This sounds crazy, out of whack, and weird or frightening. I wouldn't want to be one of the players that were in the dugout at the time. I think that Yost handled the situation very maturely. Although it would be cool to see a swarm of bees, I wouldn't want to "bee" right next to them, if you know what I mean.

    I would have joked around with it too, like Volques did. I'll bet the crowd was upset about the delay, especially if they had to get somewhere after the game,and then they would have to leave in the middle of the game and miss the end. All I can say is, I wouldn't want to be them.

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  • jacksonm-2-bar
    3/14/2016 - 06:50 p.m.

    A plastic bag was a solution to the bee problem in the middle of the Royals vs. Rockies game in the 3rd inning. the Royals head coach Ned Yost said to keep the bees alive and moving because we don't have enough on the planet.

    i thought this article was interesting because i love baseball and we had a swarm of bees at school today.

  • malachig-kut
    3/14/2016 - 07:10 p.m.

    If they move baseball somewhere else, bees wont be a problem. You could move it indoors and they wouldn't be a problem. If people would just think, they wold know that.

  • davidc-dal
    3/14/2016 - 08:45 p.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because it wouldn't kill the bees!
    If they just killed them, as they said "there aren't enough bees in the world".
    I couldn't of thought of anything better to not kill them

  • andrewe-dal
    3/14/2016 - 09:44 p.m.

    The plastic bag gave the umps the opportunity to catch the bees.If the bag was never there,it would have tooken a lot longer to take the bees out of the stadium.

    I am sure that the fans weren't to happy about this.I mean,fans get mad when the game gets delayed.Even though they just have to sit through rain for an hour or two,they get really frustrated,so I am sure that they are mad that the game got delayed for this reason.

    I like this article because it is funny.A swarm of bees stopped an game,hilarious.I would not like this happening when I am playing though.I love to play baseball,so getting MY game delayed for this reason would not be good.

  • christopherp-2-bar
    3/14/2016 - 10:26 p.m.

    the bag was a efectave solution because nun of the bees were killed in the proses. witch was one of yosts biggest concerns. yost sed that we cant be exterminating the bees because they are so important to the environment.i agree and thou that the baseball kids learned not to kill bees.

  • natalier-4-bar
    3/15/2016 - 01:33 a.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because they didn't want to kill the bees and the plastic bag was the most effective way to get rid of them quickly, without killing them. Starling has said, "The bees were crazy, they were all over the place. All the coaches came in until they got that taken care of. There was some actually down in the dugout. The majority of them were out in the on-deck circle."(paragraph eleven). So, since the bees were all over the place crazy and no one wanted to kill them because they are great for the environment the most effective solution was to capture the bees in a plastic bag. Surprisingly I liked this article a lot. I think it is cool that no one wanted to kill the bees.

  • jordanr-Orv
    3/15/2016 - 08:53 a.m.

    Its funny how everyone is afraid of bees as long as you leave them alone they won't hurt you

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