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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.
Last night we reported on Billy Butler’s four games with three doubles this season. Elias Sports Bureau has researched game logs back to 1900. Butler is the first Major League player since that time to accomplish the feat!
Billy Butler had three more doubles on Wednesday. According to STATS, Inc., Billy is the first player in Major League Baseball since at least 1954 to have four games with three doubles in the same season! We say since at least 1954 as that is as far back the day-by-day search engine went. Billy is now in a tie for fourth on the franchise list for doubles in a season with 45. Butler is in good company – he’s tied with George Brett and Frank White.
There’s still time to purchase the KC Blue Sports Pack for $30 online at royals.com/wizards. The Royals half of the promotion will be Tuesday night as the package features a View Level Infield Ticket at Kauffman Stadium for the Royals-Indians 7:10 p.m. game tomorrow and a Bleacher Ticket at CommunityAmerica Ballpark for the Wizards-Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer contest at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, August 29. Each ticket package also includes a Royals cap and a Wizards T-shirt..Tuesday’s game also features the fifth installment of T-Shirt Tuesday with the first 20,000 in attendance receiving a powder blue T-shirt with a classic Royals design presented by AT&T.
Members of the Royals and Wizards each saw how the other half lived as Billy Butler, Jamey Wright and Bruce Chen (right) attended the Wizards practice in Swope Park earlier today, then Jimmy Conrad, Jack Jewsbury, Davy Arnaud, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi participated in early batting practice here. Fans can also purchase the KC Blue Sports Pack by calling the Royals Ticket Services Department at (816) 504-4040, option 3.
Today, John Buck, Billy Butler, David DeJesus and Mitch Maier joined Royals fans (and Sluggerrr) for a day of thrills at the 2009 Worlds of Fun Royals Baseball FanFest. The players met fans and signed autographs at the annual event, which celebrates two Kansas City summertime traditions. DeJesus and Buck also managed to squeeze in a ride on Worlds of Fun’s newest roller coaster, The Prowler, before heading to the ballpark for tonight’s game.
The Royals have nominated Billy Butler and Mark Teahen for the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Athlete, presented by All Stars Helping Kids, a national nonprofit founded by NFL Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott. You can “get in the game” and help Butler and Teahen win by voting on the All Stars Helping Kids website (www.allstarshelpingkids.org) and via text message running through November 15th.
Butler and Teahen join other impressive nominees, including Steve Nash, Mia Hamm, and Venus Williams. Past winners of the Jefferson Award include Oprah Winfrey, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, and Bill & Melinda Gates.
Butler and Teahen have worked to serve families and youth in the Kansas City community through their philanthropy. Butler works with the Bishop Sullivan Center, the largest single site provider of emergency assistance in the local area, and created the Hit-It-A-Ton campaign aimed at feeding the hungry. Teahen has donated his time and service as a spokesperson for the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball, providing opporutnities for mentally and physically handicapped boys and girls to play baseball.
You can vote online or via text message. To vote for Butler text STAR7 to 55333. To vote for Teahen text STAR38 to 55333 (sponsored by AT&T and facilitated by Txtstation).
Billy led the league with a .538 batting average (14-26), a .962 slugging percentage and a .563 on-base percentage. His 10 RBI tied for the league lead.
Saturday night Billy had a 3-double performance, his second of the season and just the fourth Royal to achieve a pair of 3-double games in a single year (Al Cowens-1977, Willie Aikens-1982 and Mark Grudzielanek-2008).
This makes the second Royals player to receive the honor this year.
Zack Greinke and Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers won the award for the week of April 13-19, 2009.
Billy (Super Boy) Butler
What is Billy Butler doing at the plate that is making him such a terror for opposing pitchers these days? Manager Trey Hillman says it is a multitude of things, “First, he is not trying to add power during hitters counts, he is taking what they are giving him. He’s being more selective and he is doing very well when he gets behind in the count. Billy is growing up and becoming a more complete baseball player, it happens with maturity.”
Hillman says he is going to be taking long hard looks the rest of the season at some of his younger players on the roster. Case in point is Royals catcher Brayan Pena hitting fourth tonight against the Oakland Athletics, as he did last night. “We are going to keep looking at him closely. He’s calling games very well. Brayan is a talented baseball player and we like what he is doing at the plate.”