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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
- 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!
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!
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.
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.