Baseball delayed by bees
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 when 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.
 
"They're not going to mess with you, just don't mess with them," Yost said, noting that no one was stung. "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, a retired beekeeper from St. Joseph, Missouri, 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 while 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 (and) 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."

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  • batiar-3-bar
    3/18/2016 - 10:15 p.m.

    While Kansas City Royals had spring training in the Colorado Rockies their game was delayed due to a excessive amount of bees that swarmed through. The plastic bag was the most effective solution because the team didn't want to exterminate the bees, but just put them in the plastic bag so they could live and set them free elsewhere. "'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.'" I really liked this article because of how considerate the team was in the account of the bees and letting them leave.

  • jl-raf
    3/21/2016 - 10:51 a.m.

    awsome

  • charliet-orv
    3/21/2016 - 03:04 p.m.

    So you can hold the bees without being stung.

  • carsonb-2-bar
    3/22/2016 - 02:55 p.m.

    There was a delay of game for the Colorado Rockies baseball team during spring training. The delay was caused by a swarm of bees. The insects caused the biggest buzz when they sent the opposing team and fans running to avoid being stung.

    At the top of the third inning, the bees were removed in a plastic trash bag. Lowell Hutchinson, a retired beekeeper from St. Joseph, Missouri, came out of the stands to assist with gathering them. Since honey bees are scarce, the beekeeper made every effort to save them.

    Using a plastic bag was a great idea. It allowed the beekeeper to collect them and take them to a safe place. The plastic bag also protected the people handling them so they would not get stung.

    I liked the article. Bees are important to our environment because they pollenate everything. In addition t this they make honey. It is nice to see a retired beekeeper help save the bees.

  • sierras9409-
    3/31/2016 - 11:11 a.m.

    Where would the bees go after they were released? Wouldn't they go back to the field, or would they find a new nest? I liked this article because it tells that there is another option than killing bees. I'm glad they let the bees go.

  • jakej-knu
    3/31/2016 - 01:53 p.m.

    Baseball can never get away from insects. Matt Holliday got a moth stuck in his ear in 2011, but bees in a ballpark is like a rash that never goes away.

  • tuckers-lew
    4/20/2016 - 12:45 p.m.

    The plastic bag was an excellent solution, that way the could get all the bees into the bag and release the bees somewhere else.

  • tristinb1-lew
    4/20/2016 - 12:48 p.m.

    The real question is is where did they come from? Like how did they start and no one see thousands of bees flying around. I agree they did handle that very well but if i was there I'd be swinging like a mainiac.

  • averyw-lew
    4/20/2016 - 12:48 p.m.

    This was a great story! I love that the bees were safely removed.

  • ethang2-lew
    4/20/2016 - 12:50 p.m.

    It was a good idea to use a plastic bag instead of killing them right there. If they would have killed them then it probably would have made the bees made.

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