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.