Butler teleconference notes

Billy Butler was pleased to win the 2009 Les Milgram Royals Player of the Year Award and hopes that it is the first of many.  However, team performance outweighs individual accomplishments for Butler. 

On playing first base

Billy is comfortable at first base.  Butler believes he proved he can play there.  He knows that he will continue to make progress as this was his first full season at the position. 

Goals for 2010

Butler played in 159 games this season and is focused on staying healthy again next year.  He believes that the Royals will surprise people next year.

The offseason

Butler is spending time with his family this offseason.  In addition, he has been focusing on the same strength training and conditioning programs that he employed last offseason.  His spare time includes coaching basketball and watching his beloved Washington Redskins.

The fans

Billy batted .361 with 16 of his 21 home runs at Kauffman Stadium.  The 16 home runs are the most at home by a Royals player since 2002 and the third-highest total this decade.  He attributes his success at home to the fans.  Butler loves playing at Kauffman Stadium and says that the fans are the best.  He believes that the atmosphere at home in April and May helped the club when the fans of KC showed their true passion for the Royals.

Tomorrow

The American League Cy Young Award will be announced on Tuesday.  Will Zack Greinke join former Royals Bret Saberhagen (1985, 1989) and David Cone (1994) in the winner’s circle?  Stay tuned to royals.com and Around the Horn.  The Bruce Rice Royals Pitcher of the Year Award will also be announced.

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