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Billy Butler named 2012 Les Milgram Player of the Year

The Kansas City Royals have announced that designated hitter Billy Butler has been named the 2012 Les Milgram Player of the Year.  The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

Butler, 26, earned his third Les Milgram Player of the Year award (also 2009 and 2010) after leading the Royals with a .313 average, 29 home runs and 107 RBI.  Butler is the fourth player to win the award at least three times, joining George Brett (1975-76, 1979-80, 1985, 1988, 1990 and 1992), Amos Otis (1971, 1973 and 1978) and Mike Sweeney (2000, 2002 and 2005).  He recorded the eighth season in franchise history with at least a .300 average, 25 home runs and 100 RBI and the first since 2003.  The 2012 All-Star finished fifth in the American League with 192 hits, sixth in RBI and eighth in average.  His 29 home runs were the most by a Royal since Jermaine Dye hit 33 in 2000.  Butler tied for third in baseball with 10 home runs in the eighth inning or later.  The 10 late-inning home runs included three game-tying blasts and three go-ahead home runs.

The Royals announced Monday that shortstop Alcides Escobar won the 2012 Joe Burke Special Achievement award while Greg Holland was announced as the 2012 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year yesterday.

Royals announce 2010 organizational award winners

The Royals are pleased to announce the remaining organizational award winners for the 2010 season.  The honorees will be recognized at the 2011 Royals Awards Show, scheduled for Saturday, January 22 in conjunction with Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience at the Overland Park Convention Center.

During the event, the Royals will recognize 12 honorees for their contributions both on and off the field in 2010.  Former Royals greats such as George Brett and Willie Wilson will be among the presenters in attendance.

Previously, the club announced the following award recipients as voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).  Royals’ closer Joakim Soria  was the selection for the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year while Billy Butler was the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year for the second straight season.  Starter Bruce Chen was named the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.

The remaining award recipients to be recognized at the event include:

Mike Moustakas, recipient of the George Brett Hitter of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top hitter. The 22-year-old third baseman combined to hit .322 with NW Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA), tying for the minor league lead with 36 home runs.  The Royals’ first-round selection (2nd overall) in 2007 also posted 41 doubles and drove in 124 in being named the Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year, the Texas League Player of the Year, and a Baseball America 2010 first-team Minor League All-Star.

John Lamb, recipient of the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top pitcher. The 20-year-old pitched at three levels of the Royals system in 2010, wrapping up at NW Arkansas.  The six-foot-three lefty from Laguna Hills, Calif., was a combined 10-7 with a 2.38 ERA in 28 starts, allowing 122 hits in 147.2 innings, striking out 159 and walking just 45.  Lamb was a fifth-round pick of the Royals in 2008.

Derrick Robinson, recipient of the Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top base runner.  The 23-year-old patrolled center field for the Texas League-champion Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2010, hitting .286 with a league-leading 50 stolen bases in 67 attempts.  The speedster, drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 2006, has swiped 236 bases in his professional career, including 181 in his last three campaigns, and is a two-time winner of the Willie Wilson Award, also earning the honor in 2008.

Eric Hosmer, recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top defensive player.  Hosmer, 21, is an athletic first baseman who posted a .988 fielding percentage in 80 games at Wilmington (A Advanced) before upping that mark to .994 in 43 games at first for NW Arkansas.  At the plate, the Royals’ first-round pick (3rd overall) in 2008 batted a combined .338 with 43 doubles, nine triples, 20 home runs, 86 RBI and 87 runs, also stealing 14 bases in 16 attempts.

Buddy Baumann, recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award - recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field.  The 23-year-old left-handed pitcher tirelessly volunteered for numerous community events throughout the 2010 season, visiting Wilmington-area schools and hospitals and conducting several baseball clinics.  Kansas City’s seventh-round selection in 2009 was 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three relief appearances for Burlington (A) to begin 2010 before going 4-2 with four saves and posting a 2.24 ERA in 31 games (14 starts) for Wilmington.

Brian Poldberg, recipient of the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development.  The only manager the NW Arkansas Naturals have ever known, Poldberg led the club to the Texas League Championship in 2010.  The team was also recently recognized as the Baseball America Minor League Club of the Year.  After ending a seven-year playing career, the Carter Lake, Iowa resident has been a coach and instructor in the Royals organization since 1987.

Sean Gibbs, recipient of the Art Stewart Scout of the Year – recognizing an outstanding scout.  Gibbs has served the Royals organization as an area scout since 2007.  He has scouted and signed several players including 2010 Burlington (R) Pitcher of the Year Crawford Simmons.

Andrew Layman, assistant general manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, is the recipient of the Matt Minker Award – recognizing an outstanding minor league affiliate employee.  Layman has directed the merchandise, ticket and stadium operations departments during his 19-year Blue Rocks tenure.  In 1998, he received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for best exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism in recognition of his time invested with a local teen.  The Malvern, Pa. native is a 1992 graduate of Lynchburg College where he played lacrosse.  He currently makes his home in Wilmington with fiance, Jordan, and their son, Mason.

In addition, the Royals will honor Chuck Sailors with the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award -  recognizing an outstanding member of the community.  In 2004, Sailors founded the KC Urban Youth Center at 28th and Troost in Kansas City, Mo.  Today, the center is part of three low-income housing communities in urban Kansas City serving more than 300 students and their families each year.  Sailors and his staff work daily with a holistic approach in order to offer hope, community and wholeness to children and youth living in traditionally underserved communities.

 

Billy Butler conference call notes

Butler 2-25.jpgLast season, Billy Butler became the youngest player to win the Les Milgram Player of the Year award since a 22-year old George Brett won in 1975.  Today, the K.C. first baseman joined Brett as the only player to win the award in consecutive years (Brett did that twice).  Butler realizes that his accomplishments do not put him in the same category of player with a George Brett.  He is honored just to be mentioned in the same sentence as the Hall of Fame third baseman. 

Butler started slowly in 2009 – batting just .262 through the first month.  This season, he was hot out of the gate – batting .326 in April and .355 in May.  Butler attributes that to more at-bats during spring training.  He felt more polished going into this year than he did in 2009. 

The early success was slowed a bit by a hand injury.  Butler learned about himself by playing through the pain.  He played in 158 of 162 games and has missed just seven contests over the last two years.  His hand is much better than when the season ended on October 3.  Butler continues to do rehab from the injury under the advice of trainer Nick Kenney and physical therapist Jeff Blum. 

This offseason is the first time that Butler will be eligible for arbitration.  If the right deal came along, he would be more than happy to sign an extended contract with the Royals.  He believes that the arbitration issue will take care of itself.  His main focus is to help the team in any way that he can.

 

Billy Butler named 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year

Butler_8-13-10.JPGThe Royals have announced that first baseman Billy Butler has been named the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year.  The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

Butler, 24, earned his second straight Les Milgram Player of the Year by hitting .318 with 45 doubles, 15 home runs and 78 RBI in 158 games.  He ranked in the top 10 in the American League in batting (6th), hits (T3rd, 189), doubles (T4th), multi-hit games (4th, 54) and on-base percentage (7th, .388).  Butler joins George Brett (1975-76 and 1979-80) as the only two players in franchise history to win the award in back-to-back seasons.  His final average was the highest among qualified Royals players since Mike Sweeney hit .340 in 2002.  Born in Orange Park, Fla., the current resident of Idaho Falls, Idaho, leads the entire Major Leagues with 96 doubles over the past two seasons, also setting a new club record for two-base hits in a two-year span.

The Royals announced last week that left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen was named the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner while right-handed hurler Joakim Soria was honored with the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year.

Butler will take part in a conference call this afternoon.  Check Around the Horn later today for a recap!

 

Billy Butler named Royals Player of the Year

7-28 Butler 2.JPGThe 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.

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