Results tagged ‘ Billy Butler ’
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.”
Billy Butler established a career high with 5 hits last night…it was the 38th time in the 41 seasons of Royals baseball that a player has had 5 or more hits (Bob Oliver, Kevin Seitzer and Joe Randa each had a 6 hit game). Here’s your KC lineup for Tuesday:
(DeJesus – LF)
(Bloomquist – CF)
(Butler – 1B)
(Teahen – RF)
(Callaspo – 2B)
(Jacobs – DH)
(Pena – C)
(Gordon – 3B)
(Betancourt – SS)
(Bannister – P)
This just in…the Royals have acquired infielder/outfielder Ryan Freel and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named. Freel is expected to join the club in Detroit in time for Tuesday’s game. A corresponding 25-man roster move will be made at that time.
Freel, 33, played a majority of his career with the Cincinnati Reds after breaking into the Majors with the Blue Jays in 2001. He is a .269 career hitter with 98 doubles, 17 triples, 22 home runs and 119 RBI in 576 games. Freel has stolen 143 bases in 191 attempts over his career, including 37, 36 and 37 in three consecutive seasons with Cincinnati from 2004-2006.
The versatile right-handed hitter has started at five positions in his career, including appearing at 214 games in the infield at second and third base and 373 games in the outfield at all three positions. Freel has played with the Orioles and Cubs in 2009, struggling with injuries to post a .140 (6-for-43) average in just 23 games. He was traded from the Orioles to the Cubs for former Royal Joey Gathright on May 8. Freel was designated for assignment by Chicago on July 2.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder joins Billy Butler as Royals from the Jacksonville, Fla. area. He was a 10th round selection of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1995 draft. We welcome Ryan to the club!
Royals prospect Danny Duffy, currently a member of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, will play for the U.S. squad at the Futures Game, to be held on July 12 in St. Louis as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 1:00 p.m. CT.
Duffy, KC’s second-round pick in 2007, is 6-2 with a 2.85 ERA this season. He ranks fourth in the Carolina League with 66 strikeouts. He pitched a scoreless inning at the California/Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Current Royals John Buck, Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Zack Greinke and Luke Hochevar have represented the U.S. squad in previous Futures Games. Buck was with the Houston organization when he played in the 2002 Futures Game. Butler took home MVP honors in 2006, becoming the second straight Royal to do so after Justin Huber won in 2005.
Catcher Miguel Olivo played for the World Team in 2000 while in the Oakland system and reliever Juan Cruz represented the World Team in 2001 while he was in the Cubs organization. Right-handed pitcher Julio Pimentel, currently on the 40-man roster, played for the World squad in last year’s contest.
Congratulations to Danny on this honor and best of luck on July 12!