Results tagged ‘ Billy Butler ’

Photos: Royalty Fields Clinic

The Royalty Fields program, along with Billy Butler and the Pepsi Refresh Project, held a baseball clinic in Belton on Monday. 

Butler, former outfield Les Norman and Royals Hall of Famers Willie Wilson and Frank White were on hand to mentor youth baseball and softball players. 

Royalty Fields is a Royals Charities matching grant program that provides financial support to improve baseball and/or softball facilities throughout the Midwest.  The program is in the running to receive a Pepsi Refresh Project grant.  Visit http://mlb.mlb.com/sponsors/pepsi/refresh/y2010/?team=kc between July 13 and August 17 to vote!

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Billy Butler Youth Replica Bat Day!

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Today is Billy Butler Youth Replica Bat Day at Kauffman Stadium.  The first 8,000 kids age 14 and under will receive a bat courtesy of Fox Sports Kansas City.  Plus it’s Sunday, so stay after the game for the Sprint Fun Run!  Today’s game starts at 1:10.

Billy Butler autograph session at the Sprint Store

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First baseman Billy Butler will be at the Sprint Studio Store in the Power & Light District on Saturday, July 17!  Stop by from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to meet Billy and get an autograph!

Ned Yost media session: June 30

Kicking and screaming

Yost expects tonight’s matchup between premier pitchers Jake Peavy and Zack Greinke to be interesting for everyone. Yost described Peavy as a fearless competitor and admitted he loves watching Peavy on the mound, especially when the pitcher screams and yells at himself.

Give ‘em a break

The Royals will again have a different starting lineup in tonight’s game. Yost said the changes were not made because of injuries, but rather were meant to give players rest from the summer heat. He added that tonight will be the first day of rest for outfielder David DeJesus since his son was born on May 25.

Things are looking up

Yost also discussed the play of the infield, saying that it has been good and is only getting better. He credits Eddie Rodriguez with helping develop Mike Aviles’ skills at second base. Additionally, Yost has been impressed with the corners, stating that Billy Butler has done great at first and Alberto Callaspo has been fantastic at third.

Photo: May Player/Pitcher of the Month presentation

Tonight’s pregame included Ned Yost presenting Billy Butler and Luke Hochevar with their awards as Kansas City’s Player and Pitcher of the Month for May.  Butler batted .355 and finished tied for fourth in the majors with 39 hits.  Hochevar led the club with three wins, including a complete game on May 20 at Cleveland.  Congrats to Billy and Luke!

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Ned Yost media session: June 15

Out of his league

After returning from Cincinnati, Yost said he “kinda enjoys” the National League style because it’s different and more people get involved, but he also acknowledged that it’s always nice to come home. Yost also pointed out that he has really enjoyed the AL so far.

Out of his mind

Billy Butler’s hitting was another topic of discussion. Yost claimed he was never concerned about Butler at the plate, saying all players go through ups and downs. Yost credits Butler’s recent offensive success to a mindset adjustment, specifically a right-center mindset because that’s where Butler hits best.

Out of commission

Gil Meche played catch this afternoon, and while Yost hasn’t been able to sit down and discuss future plans with the pitcher, he said Meche is feeling much better and is definitely turning the corner. Yost also noted that Rick Ankiel is doing fine, but John Parrish felt something in his shoulder the other day during a game with Omaha and he is now back in Kansas City with the club after having been returned from his rehab assignment.  Parrish remains on the D.L.

Billy Butler to sign autographs at the Majestic Team Store on Saturday

ButlerCover2010.JPGRoyals fans, help make Billy Butler a 2010 All-Star!  Butler will be signing autographs in the Kauffman Stadium Majestic Team Store on Saturday between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.  You can qualify for a chance to receive a discount on a “Vote Billy” T-shirt by filling out 100 All-Star ballots. 

New Royals Gameday features Billy Butler

A new issue of Royals Gameday Magazine is now available at Kauffman Stadium.  The cover story features Billy Butler.  Other articles and features include: 

  • In the Spotlight with Chris Getz

  • a list of area students who achieved perfect attendance this year
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  • Our Opponent Feature with Odessa, Mo. native Brad Ziegler
  • a preview of Cincinnati as our upcoming Road City
  • a comparison of scorecards with Ryan Lefebvre and Denny Matthews
  • and much more!

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Photos: Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament benefits Special Olympics

Players, alumni and broadcasters were among the participants in the third annual Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament, held on Monday at The National Golf Club of Kansas City.  The team captained by alum Al Fitzmorris (third picture below) won the title.  Squads captained by Gil Meche and Denny Matthews also tied for the top spot, but lost a tiebreaker to Fitzmorris’ team.  Here are some photos of a great day on the course!

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Ned Yost media session: May 23

The first topic in Sunday’s interview with manager Ned Yost concerned base stealing and “small ball” in general. Yost believes there has been a trend toward “small ball” the last couple of years. He added that it’s important to maximize base stealers, which he does by being aggressive. In fact, Yost says there’s even times when a Billy Butler type player can steal, such as when the pitcher takes his focus off the runner. But he wants to make sure it is not counterproductive, meaning the runners should be successful at least three out of four times.

The manager then discussed the team’s bullpen ERA, which has dropped from over 5.00 to under 2.00 since he took over as manager. Despite the success during his short tenure, the skipper doesn’t take credit for the improvement. Yost simply said the pitchers are on a good roll and all he has done is give the guys confidence and put them in situations where they can be successful, which they then have taken advantage of.

Yost also had nothing but positive things to say about today’s starter Zack Greinke. He characterized Zack as extremely competitive, smart, bright, and truthful. Yost also described Greinke as the total package. Yost believes the Cy Young winner should just keep doing what he’s doing–attack, command, and be Zack.

Finally, Yost gave praise to third base coach Eddie Rodriguez. He said Rodriguez is doing a great job at third, which is the only coaching position that is actually more like a player. Like the players, Rodriguez’s decisions determine the outcome of the game. Yost said Rodriguez also plays a major role as the infield coach, where he makes sure everyone in the infield is in the right spot for every single pitch.

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