Every year someone says that it’s the year for the Kansas City Royals and it’s easy to say it hasn’t been the Royals' year in a long time. If you consider their ‘year’ to come in the form of a playoff appearance, Kansas City hasn’t been there since they won the whole thing in 1985. It looks like it’s going in the right direction for the Royals, though.
Kansas City has a beautiful recently renovated ballpark and a nucleus of young talent. The AL Central, despite the Detroit Tigers making the World Series, seems to be wide open and the man that’s going to be huge in the Royals’ success is Billy Butler and the 100 plus RBIs he’ll knock in season after season for years to come.
The best way to put up big numbers is to play every day and Billy Butler sure does that. Over the past four years Butler has only missed eight games.
Alex Rodriguez was almost benched for eight games this postseason.
In 2012, Butler played in 161 games. I find that remarkable for any ballplayer, even a DH. Keeping Butler’s bat in the lineup every day means big stats for him and more wins for the Royals.
It seems as though Billy Butler has been around forever with the Royals, but he’s only been playing in the bigs since 2007. To top it off, he’s only 26 and won’t turn 27 until about week two of the 2013 season.
In baseball age quietly sneaks up on players, but that’s not in the near future for Butler. In fact Butler is in the prime age for most baseball players. As long as he keeps in shape, which some DHs don’t (see Delmon Young), Butler should be a force in the middle of the KC lineup for some years.
Manager Ned Yost has what the folks around baseball call protection for Billy Butler. Butler has Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon, and Jeff Francoeur around him just to name a few. Some young talent surrounding Butler gives him more opportunities to knock in 100 plus runs.
I am scared to call for the Royals success in a season; I’ve been burned one too many times. But do me a favor and look at that lineup. They should be good, right? Someone go ask Nate Silver, he gets all this number stuff right.
Billy Butler has been a good player for a while now, but I don’t think he’s quite gotten the national respect or attention that he deserves. That started to change in 2012. He was named to the All-Star team and crowned a winner of the Silver Slugger for the American League’s DH.
People are finally starting to notice Billy Butler, which may or may not be a good thing. I don’t see Butler shrinking under pressure; I just see him piling up more and better accolades.
Over in the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is becoming a rookie sensation while rejecting his given nickname of the Muscle Hamster. I hope Billy Butler never gets rid of his nickname, Country Breakfast.
That is absolutely brilliant and awesome on so many levels. It’s so crazy, but yet it’s so right. All I know is that I’m in love with this nickname and the fact it will be on Billy Butler’s Baseball Reference page forever…
I gotta go get an omelet.