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Royals designated hitter Billy Butler and his wife Katie have been involved in work at St. James Place Food Pantry and the Bishop Sullivan Center since 2008. On Thursday, pitcher Aaron Crow joined Billy and Katie at St. James Place, where they packaged and distributed food, including Billy’s barbecue sauce. Billy and Katie’s “Hit-It-A-Ton” program has raised over a quarter of a million dollars to help local families.
A pair of Caravan groups started their two-day treks across Royals Country today with a stop at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. One Caravan is now moving north to Nebraska, with a return stop in St. Joseph, Mo., tomorrow. The second Caravan is traveling west with visits in Kansas today and tomorrow.
For a full list of Caravan stops, visit royals.com/caravan
Above – Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Johnny Giavotella; below – Aaron Crow
Above, Billy Butler and Johnny Giavotella
John Mayberry, Ryan Lefebvre, Everett Teaford, Greg Holland; followed by a group photo
2012 was a breakthrough season for Billy Butler as he set career highs in home runs (29) and RBI (107) while also leading KC with a .313 average. He also made a memorable All-Star appearance in front of the hometown fans. Today, he earned his third Les Milgram Player of the Year award in the last four years. While George Brett, Amos Otis and Mike Sweeney won the award at least three times (Brett won eight times), no player has won the award three times in four seasons…until Butler.
KC’s designated hitter said he was locked in from day one in 2012 and is pleased with his season, though he believes he can do more. He told reporters today that he doesn’t know what his full potential is. He’s already preparing for the 2013 season at the Royals Spring Training complex in Surprise, Arizona. 2013 is also going to be busy for Billy off the field as he and his wife Katie are expecting the couple’s second child in January.
The Kansas City Royals have announced that designated hitter Billy Butler has been named the 2012 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, 26, earned his third Les Milgram Player of the Year award (also 2009 and 2010) after leading the Royals with a .313 average, 29 home runs and 107 RBI. Butler is the fourth player to win the award at least three times, joining George Brett (1975-76, 1979-80, 1985, 1988, 1990 and 1992), Amos Otis (1971, 1973 and 1978) and Mike Sweeney (2000, 2002 and 2005). He recorded the eighth season in franchise history with at least a .300 average, 25 home runs and 100 RBI and the first since 2003. The 2012 All-Star finished fifth in the American League with 192 hits, sixth in RBI and eighth in average. His 29 home runs were the most by a Royal since Jermaine Dye hit 33 in 2000. Butler tied for third in baseball with 10 home runs in the eighth inning or later. The 10 late-inning home runs included three game-tying blasts and three go-ahead home runs.
The Royals announced Monday that shortstop Alcides Escobar won the 2012 Joe Burke Special Achievement award while Greg Holland was announced as the 2012 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year yesterday.
What a win for the Royals! KC trailed 2-0 entering the ninth. Alex Gordon singled off of former teammate Zack Greinke with one out. Greinke was replaced at that point, with Billy Butler due up. KC’s DH hit a long homer to center on the first pitch and Salvador Perez followed with his first career walk-off homer. Below are photos of Butler’s homer and the reaction after the walk-off by Perez.
From Major League Baseball:
Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period
ending July 29th. This is Billy’s fourth career weekly honor, last accomplishing the feat on August 1, 2011. The announcement was
made earlier today on MLB Network.
In a seven-game West Coast trip, Butler batted .458 (11-for-24) with three doubles, one home run, five walks, six RBI and
four runs scored. Among A.L. leaders for the week, Butler was first in on-base percentage (.552), tied for first in hits, tied for second
in batting average and doubles, tied for third in walks and total bases (17) and tied for fourth in slugging percentage (.708).
On Wednesday, the 2012 A.L. All-Star delivered a two-run homer and a run-scoring single in a losing effort at Angel Stadium.
Butler’s fifth-inning blast off Jered Weaver was his 20th of the season, one shy of tying his career high set in 2009. In Thursday’s
series-opener against Seattle at Safeco Field, the 26-year-old doubled twice and added a walk in four plate appearances as the
Mariners topped the Royals. Butler’s two doubles were the only hits registered by Kansas City, with his first two-bagger marking the
200th of his six-year career. He became just the eighth player in franchise history to reach the milestone. The Florida native has 16
doubles this season, giving him 156 since 2009 – the second most in the A.L. over that stretch trailing only Robinson Cano (164) of the
Yankees. Butler has registered at least 22 doubles in each of his first five seasons in the Majors, including a career-best 51 doubles in
2009. In Saturday’s tilt with the Mariners, the Royals’ first round pick (14th overall) in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Wolfson
High School in Jacksonville singled three times, marking his fourth consecutive multi-hit game, which tied a season high. In the fourgame
set with the Mariners, the right-handed-hitting slugger batted .615 (8-for-13) with two doubles, three walks and three RBI.
Heading into play today, Butler is second in the A.L. with 39 multi-hit games, tied for ninth with 115 hits, is 10th with a .307 batting
average and tied for 10th with 64 RBI.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (.435, 3 HR, 7 RBI); Baltimore
Orioles infielder Omar Quintanilla (.423, 11 H, 4 XBH); Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span (.458, 11 H, 4 2B) and starter Scott
Diamond (SHO vs. Cleveland on July 27th); Texas Rangers starter Scott Feldman (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 15.0 IP, 10 SO); and Seattle Mariners
closer Tom Wilhelmsen (4 SV, 6 SO).
In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Billy Butler will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the
leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
It has been a busy week at the office! Last week, ATH joined team representatives on Caravan visits to Cameron, St. Joseph and Maryville, Missouri, then on to Topeka and Wichita, Kansas. Hopefully you saw some of our pictures on Twitter @aroundthehornkc. Here’s a recap of the Missouri tour:
Our journey began in Overland Park on the morning of January 15, where ATH met the bus and checked in with Ben Aken, Sr. Director of Community Relations. Ben thought the players and staff would want a hot breakfast – so off I went to pick something up. Once back, I took a seat on the bus behind Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry and across from broadcaster Steve Stewart, who was joined by his son John (a.k.a. Little John on this trip).
The bus made a quick stop in downtown Kansas City to pick up designated hitter Billy Butler and pitcher Danny Duffy (pitcher Greg Holland was already aboard). We made our way through North Kansas City and on to Cameron (one hour north of KC), where our first stop was just off of I-35 at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
Steve Stewart introduced Butler, Duffy, Holland and Mayberry to the fine fans of Cameron. The line weaved its way through the store to the front table, where fans mingled with our Caravan crew and picked up autographs from our foursome. I visited with several season ticket holders while Aken and Stewart did radio interviews on KKWK, the Royals affiliate in Cameron.
Ben suggested that I take lunch orders for our traveling party of 10. One thing that I learned over two days was the easy-going nature of our three current players on the trip. I’ve known Billy since 2007 but I didn’t spend much time around Danny or Greg last year. I took Danny’s order and proceeded to Greg, who said he’d take the same. And for Billy? Anything…just order what Duffy and Holland were getting. Easy enough! The only problem was that the listed phone number for the sandwich shop was for a fax or modem. Time is critical on Caravan – you want to get to your next stop as a line of fans will be waiting. Luckily I found a ride to the sandwich shop and started our order.
The bus pulled up shortly thereafter and we were on our way to St. Joseph, 45 minutes to the west. I listened to stories from Big John Mayberry and John Stewart pointed out the town of Stewartsville to Steve. We rolled into St. Joe, where a long line was waiting at Hy-Vee. Once again, Steve Stewart did the introductions, this time over Hy-Vee’s intercom! “Attention Hy-Vee shoppers…”
I handed out schedules to the fans in line before proceeding back to the autograph table. Our players and alumnus began walking the line in order for all of the fans to get autographs in our allotted time. I assisted Big John, a natural at these types of events. Once the autographs were complete, our current players met with the local media.
We climbed back onto the bus and kept tabs on the NFL playoffs while traveling north to Maryville. Our stop was at the Nodaway County Senior Center. Several fans approached me and talked of how much it meant for us to visit. This hits home with me as I grew up in a small town and usually made it to one big league game a year as a youth.
The sun was setting as we prepared to leave Maryville. With our stops complete, Billy, Danny, Greg and Big John posed for a picture next to the sign which advertised our stop. We had visited three different venues with a common theme: Fans who were very happy to see us and looking forward to the 2012 season. When I arrived home that night, I could think of only one thing…the thrill of doing it all again the next day!
Thank you to everyone who sent pictures and stories for our travel feature! Spring Training is just a week away as Kansas City’s pitchers and catchers report on Valentine’s Day! We will have at least one more “Around the World” post in the near future, featuring road cities. You are welcome to send additional Royals-related photos of road cities and places around the world to email@example.com.
Today we have two great Spring Training photos submitted by Katie Butler, wife of first baseman Billy Butler. It is nice to know that Katie follows our blog!
According to Katie: “These are my two favorite Spring Training pictures from 2010! Billy & Kenley Butler (15 months at the time) on the Spring Training back fields! We spend a lot of time out back of the complex after Billy gets done with his game so he can get some play time in with Kenley…She is a big daddy’s girl!”
Billy Butler and Dayton Moore met with reporters on Tuesday to discuss Butler’s new long-term contract. The 24-year old Butler is proud to wear a Kansas City uniform and excited about the future of the organization. Butler and his family have always felt welcomed in the city and he looks forward to continuing his relationship with fans and the community.
Billy is looking forward to playing alongside some of the Royals’ highly-heralded prospects. He’s not making guarantees, but he has high expectations for himself and the team.
Dayton Moore believes that Butler has separated himself as one of the top young hitters in the game. Moore cited that Butler broke into the Major Leagues at a young age and was successful in a short time period, which isn’t easy. He recognizes Butler’s passion and that Butler wants to go from being a good hitter to a great hitter.