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The Major League Baseball Players Association’s Players Trust hosted a City Clinic today at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.
Billy Butler, Lorenzo Cain and Aaron Crow joined Ripken Baseball in providing free instruction to youth baseball players. The Players Trust created the City Clinics program to help Major Leaguers promote the game of baseball to underserved children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the country. Sponsored by Majestic Athletics, this program has impacted more than 6,000 disadvantaged youth across the United States. For more information on the Players Trust, visit www.playerstrust.org
Billy Butler followed Friday’s pinch-hit homer with a go-ahead two-run blast in the fifth last night, capping KC’s comeback from a 5-0 deficit. The Royals have won five in a row overall. A win today would mark the first four-game sweep of the Indians at home and second overall, the other coming in 1973 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
The Royals won a 6-4 thriller on Friday night as Billy Butler delivered a two-run pinch-hit homer in the eighth. It was Billy’s second career pinch-hit home run and the 75th in Royals history. Also below: Omar Infante made a nice play on the final out of the game; Danny Duffy and Brett Hayes snuck up on Butler during postgame interview as Aaron Crow looked on; Crow received a Gatorade bath during his interview.
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.