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Manager Trey Hillman was asked about centerfielder Rick Ankiel’s availability:
Hillman said Ankiel took some batting practice in the cage and had light activity in the outfield. He said the centerfielder looks to be moving at 60 to 70 percent and is available to pinch hit. Hillman felt he could rush Ankiel into the lineup, but stated it was more prudent to allow the injury to heal completely.
The media asked Hillman to compare this team’s defensive ability to last year’s team:
Hillman likes his team’s ability to get to balls, both in the infield and outfield. He specifically mentioned his outfield arms; saying leftfielder Scott Podsednik and rightfielder David DeJesus have been incredibly accurate, in addition to being impressed by the arm strength shown by Rick Ankiel. Hillman has seen better lateral movement this year from shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and feels first baseman Billy Butler has significantly improved his ability around the bag.
Hillman was asked to comment on any pressure that Royals’ ace Zack Greinke may be feeling:
Hillman admitted that Greinke is probably feeling some pressure to duplicate last year’s success. Although Trey continued by saying that Greinke wouldn’t admit to any pressure.
Hillman finished by giving an update on second baseman Chris Getz:
Hillman said Getz is feeling good. He started today for the Omaha Royals at second, going 2-for-4 for the AAA club in a 10-inning game.
Although the Royals are just one game into the 2010 season, manager Trey Hillman is already facing questions about wins and losses. When asked if he felt a sense of urgency coming into tonight’s game, Hillman replied, “There’s a sense of urgency for every game…a little more so having lost a game we should have won.”
Keeping this sense of urgency in mind, the Royals will sport a slightly different lineup for Wednesday night’s game–the main change being the replacement of Willie Bloomquist by Alberto Callaspo at third.
Despite Callaspo’s previous injury (sore right oblique), Hillman claims he is comfortable with Callaspo playing third or else he wouldn’t have made the decision to put him there. Hillman noted that Callaspo enters the game coming off three or four good days of practice. Fans will be happy to see the Venezuela native’s stick back in the lineup after he hit .300 in 2009, just shy of Billy Butler, who led the club at .301.
Royals faithful will also be pleased to hear that Hillman plans on having Gil Meche for Sunday’s game against the Red Sox, although that announcement has not been made official.
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2010 Major League contracts with first baseman Billy Butler and infielder Alberto Callaspo. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. All players are now signed for the 2010 season.
The 23-year old Butler, the 2009 Les Milgram Player of the Year, led the club with a .301 average, 93 RBI and 51 doubles last season. He also belted 21 home runs in tying for sixth in the league with 73 extra-base hits. The first baseman’s 51 doubles were second in the Majors and the second-most all time in Royals history behind Hal McRae’s 54 in 1977. The 2009 A.L. Player of the Month for September was selected by the Royals in the first round (14th overall) in 2004.
Callaspo, 26, was named the 2009 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner after batting .300 with 41 doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs and 73 RBI. Entering his third season with the Royals after being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitcher Billy Buckner on December 14, 2007, the Venezuelan has hit .302 in 229 games for Kansas City.
The Royals reached out to 60 area youth on Tuesday at the first Royals Charities Kids Holiday Party. The event hosted kids from Della Lamb, Spofford Home, Guadalupe Centers, Inc. and Operation Breakthrough. First baseman Billy Butler, outfielder David DeJesus and third baseman Alex Gordon all took part in the afternoon’s events.
Participants ate dinner, made ornaments, decorated cookies and visited with Sluggerrr. Santa handed out gifts that were donated by front office associates. The kids also took home a holiday stocking full of goodies. DeJesus closed the party by reading “The Night Before Christmas.”
The baseball awards season is winding down…a few awards have yet to be announced and you can help decide the winners! Royals Zack Greinke and Billy Butler are among the nominees for the This Year in Baseball awards at MLB.com.
Zack is up for the Starting Pitcher of the Year. The A.L. Cy Young winner faces nine top notch candidates from across baseball, including N.L. Cy Young recipient Tim Lincecum. Royals fans, let’s get the vote out for number 23!
Billy was nominated for the Unsung Star of the Year honor. The 23-year old had a breakout season, with career bests in nearly every category. His 51 doubles rank second in franchise history to Hal McRae’s 54 in 1977. He became just the fifth player in Major League history to have 50 doubles and 20 homers in a season prior to the age of 24. The others, you ask? Hank Greenberg, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera! Butler’s competition for the Unsung Star award includes eight promising position players plus pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies.
The voting runs through December 11. Vote for Zack and Billy today!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Royals today announced that Billy Butler has been named the 2009 Les Milgram Player of the Year. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). The 23-year old Butler, who was a unanimous selection, becomes the youngest Royals player to win the award since George Brett picked up the honor in 1976, also at the age of 23.
Butler led the Royals with a .301 average, 51 doubles and 93 RBI, while finishing second with 21 home runs. The first baseman became the fifth player in Major League history to record at least 50 doubles and 20 home runs in a season prior to the age of 24, joining Hank Greenberg (1934), Alex Rodriguez (1996), Albert Pujols (2003) and Miguel Cabrera (2006). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Butler became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to record four three-double games in a season.
The American League Player of the Month for September ranked third in the AL in home batting average (.362), tied for sixth in extra-base hits (73) and 10th in total bases (299). He also placed 12th in the league in hits (183) and tied for 13th in multi-hit games (52). Butler was the Royals’ first-round selection (14th overall) in the 2004 Draft.
Butler will take part in an afternoon teleconference. Check Around the Horn for an update.
The Royals plan to announce the 2009 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year tomorrow afternoon. Last Friday, Alberto Callaspo was honored with the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award.
Billy batted .363 in the month with 10 doubles, six home runs and 26 RBI. Billy recorded his fourth 3-double game of the season on September 9 vs. Detroit (a MLB record) and had a pair of 2-homer games on September 7 vs. Los Angeles and September 25 vs. Minnesota. Billy’s 26 RBI in the month led the American League and were tied for second in baseball.
Butler, who picked up an American League Player of the Week award both in August and September, joins Zack Greinke (April) as winners of the monthly award in 2009. He and Zack are the first Royals duo to win the award in the same season since 2000 when Jermaine Dye and Johnny Damon took home the honor.
Butler will receive a specially designed trophy and a Sharp Aquos television.
Billy batted .419 (13-31) while leading the Majors with 13 hits and 12 RBI last week. He tied for the Major League lead with five doubles.
On September 9, Billy collected three doubles in a game for the fourth time this season. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to have four games with three doubles in the same season.
This is Butler’s second A.L. Player of the Week award this season. Zack Greinke has also won the award twice in 2009.
Pitcher Kyle Davies received consideration for this week’s award after going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA.