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KANSAS CITY, MO Louisville Slugger announced this evening that Royals player Billy Butler is the 2012 Silver Slugger Award winner at Designated Hitter in the American League. Butler becomes the seventh-different Royals player to win a Silver Slugger award (10th time overall), the first since third baseman Dean Palmer in 1998.
The Silver Slugger award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who named the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National leagues in 2012. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches and managers general impressions of a players overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams. Tabulation of the balloting was verified by the accounting firm of Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP.
Butler, 26, was awarded his third Les Milgram Royals Player of the Year award (also 2009 and 2010) yesterday. Appearing in 138 games as the Royals designated hitter, Butler batted .315 (170-for-539) with 23 home runs, 29 doubles and 93 RBI. He led all designated hitters with 61 runs, 170 hits, 29 doubles and 93 RBI while ranking second in average and home runs. Overall, Butler batted .313 with 32 doubles, 29 home runs and 107 RBI in 161 contests.
Royals Silver Slugger Award winners (award was instituted in 1980):
George Brett 1980, 1985 and 1988 (1980 and 1985 at third base, 1988 at first base)
Willie Wilson 1980 and 1982 (outfield)
Hal McRae 1982 (designated hitter)
Frank White 1986 (second base)
Gary Gaetti 1995 (third base)
Dean Palmer 1998 (third base)
Billy Butler 2012 (designated hitter)
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Kansas City, MO (November 8, 2012) – Louisville Slugger announced this evening that Royals player Billy Butler is the 2012 Silver Slugger™ Award winner at Designated Hitter in the American League. Butler becomes the seventh-different Royals player to win a Silver Slugger award (10th time overall), the first since third baseman Dean Palmer in 1998.
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