Billy Butler named 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year
The Royals have announced that first baseman Billy Butler has been named the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).
Butler, 24, earned his second straight Les Milgram Player of the Year by hitting .318 with 45 doubles, 15 home runs and 78 RBI in 158 games. He ranked in the top 10 in the American League in batting (6th), hits (T3rd, 189), doubles (T4th), multi-hit games (4th, 54) and on-base percentage (7th, .388). Butler joins George Brett (1975-76 and 1979-80) as the only two players in franchise history to win the award in back-to-back seasons. His final average was the highest among qualified Royals players since Mike Sweeney hit .340 in 2002. Born in Orange Park, Fla., the current resident of Idaho Falls, Idaho, leads the entire Major Leagues with 96 doubles over the past two seasons, also setting a new club record for two-base hits in a two-year span.
The Royals announced last week that left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen was named the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner while right-handed hurler Joakim Soria was honored with the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year.
Butler will take part in a conference call this afternoon. Check Around the Horn later today for a recap!