Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler has been selected as the recipient of the 47th annual Hutch Award.
Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy butter has been announced as the recipient of the 47th annual Hutch Award. The award is given to a player that exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson. Hall of Famer Cal Ripken will give the keynote address at the award presentation on February 1 at Safeco Field in Seattle.
Butler was the full-time designated hitter for the Royals in 2011 and finished the season with a .291 average with 44 doubles, 19 home runs, and 95 RBIs. He is also a factor off the field with his Hit-It-A-Ton campaign that helps feed less fortunate families in the Kansas City area. The program donates $250 for each home run hit by Butler and $125 for each double. The campaign has raised more than $200,000 in its first three years of existence.
Butler was selected for the award through a vote of all of the surviving award winners.