There's going to be a lot written about the "new look" Billy Butler this spring, and about all the hard work that he put in during a rigorous weight-training program in the off-season.
But Butler hopes everyone will keep their expectations in check.
"It's not like I'm going to be on the cover of any muscle fitness magazines," Butler said by phone from Surprise, Ariz.
"I don't think I'm going to be turning a lot of heads. I don't know that I really look all that different. But I feel a lot better and I feel like I'm stronger and more agile. It's all about how it helps on the baseball field and not about how I look."
Butler, the Royals' designated hitter, and his family moved from Idaho to Scottsdale, Ariz., during the off-season. He then began working out with Ryan Stoneberg, the clubs new strength-and-conditioning coach.
"We would start working out at about 7 in the morning and go until about 1 p.m.," Butler said. "It was work, hard work."
But Butler has noticed the results. ...