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2012 Kansas City Royals Repository Thread

2012 Slogan: Our Time

A better, more accurate 2012 Slogan: It is Finally Next Year
(from Great Expectations)

An alternative slogan if you don't like that one: Someone has to win this crappy division
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With the beginning of a new year, it is time for the 2012 version of the Royals Repository Thread. We've got Hosmer, we've got a 2011-dominating Gordon, we've got Moose, we've got hopefully a killer bullpen, we've got a stereotypical slow slugging DH, we've got easily one of the best defensive shortstops in the AL, we've got a promising catcher in Salvador Perez. Hell, we've got offense and promising prospects galore.

We do not have starting pitching.

Oh yeah, we've also got this:



Get ready for, (as of January 2012 anyway), one of the most confusing puzzles of a baseball season in recent Royals history. Will they suck? Maybe, I don't know. Will we be given a year of 0.500 baseball? Possibly, I don't know. Will they win the division and go to the playoffs for the first time in 27 years? For the first time in a long time, it could happen, I don't know. 92 losses, 92 wins, or anything in between would not surprise a lot of us.

Everything goes here except Gameday threads and really big news. If a giant story breaks, the Royals achieve some awesome milestone, or we sign/lose a highly significant player/coach/mascot/whatever, then it might also deserve its own thread. This being Chiefs Planet, please do not clutter the board with new threads about trivial Royals news or you will only annoy those who come here for just Chiefs football. If you aren't sure and its not a Gameday thread, it goes here.

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Old 02-01-2012, 05:04 PM   #646
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:56 PM   #647
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Are you still planning to make me the Billy butler surrounded by hash browns, sunny side up eggs, B&G, sausage links, bacon, and hot sauce?

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By Doug Miller / MLB.com | 02/01/12 6:59 PM EST




SEATTLE -- Billy Butler was the first to admit that he isn't very experienced as a public speaker, so when the Kansas City Royals slugger strode to the podium at Safeco Field on Wednesday to accept the 47th annual Hutch Award for outstanding community service, he helped himself out with a prop.

It was a typical Del Monte can of corn, and it served as a reminder to Butler and his wife, Katie, that their life's work stretches far, far beyond the baseball field.

"I have learned from my charity back in Kansas City that there are many people who cannot afford to buy even a can of corn," Butler said. "My family has been very blessed, and Katie and I feel very strongly that we teach our daughter to give back."

Butler's strength of spirit and his family's work with the needy families of Kansas City has placed him in rarified air. The Hutch Award, a national honor presented yearly by the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has been given annually since 1965 in honor of Major League player and manager Fred Hutchinson, who died of cancer a year earlier at the age of 45, and its list of honorees reads like a Hall of Fame roster.

Winners have included Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Pete Rose, Joe Torre, Willie McCovey, Willie Stargell, Lou Brock, George Brett and Johnny Bench.

The Butlers' path to the Hutch Award has been an admirable one. In 2008, Billy and Katie started the Hit-It-A-Ton campaign to help feed the hungry in the Kansas City area through the Bishop Sullivan Center. Through the program, $250 (the cost to purchase a ton of food) has been donated for each home run Butler hits as well as $125 for each double. Through its first three years, the Hit-It-A-Ton campaign, with help from corporate sponsors, has raised more than $215,000 and provided more than 960 tons of food for those in need.

In 2011, the Butlers expanded their efforts with Billy's Doubles Club for Kids, which is helping children understand how powerful charity can be in strengthening communities.

"This whole thing is very humbling," Billy said. "The ability to change peoples' lives is why we feel so good about the program. It's grown every year, and we're very happy about that."

In addition to Butler and local guests such as former big leaguer John Olerud and current Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Eric Wedge, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., was on hand Wednesday to serve as the keynote speaker for the event known as the "Hutch Lunch," and he did not disappoint.

Ripken, whose late father, Cal Sr., died from lung cancer, spoke for more than 20 minutes about the attributes that led him to set one of baseball's most famous records: 2,632 consecutive games played.

Ripken spoke of consistency, working to forge your will to try to control situations that you might think are out of your control, and knowing the difference between being, in his words, "good stubborn, bad stubborn and stupid stubborn."

Ripken and Butler had spent most of Wednesday morning touring the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Hutch School, a downtown Seattle K-12 facility that provides classes for children fighting cancer and their siblings while they're undergoing the long months of treatment at the facility. The workers at the hospital asked Ripken to pitch in, and he was happy to oblige.

"I was blown away with the passion," Ripken said. "They're doing some wonderful work. ... You don't really start to think about cancer a lot until someone really, really close to you is affected and then the whole family is affected."

Butler cited former Royals teammate and 2008 Hutch Award winner Mike Sweeney as being a huge role model in his efforts to take his status as a professional athlete and use it for the greater good.

"Mike Sweeney was the portrait of what you want to be as a man," Butler said. "He does everything right, so to win this award after he's won it means a lot to me. ... One of the joys of playing baseball is to be able to give back as much as possible. It's almost the least you do, because without fans, baseball isn't anything."

Butler also quoted late Royals legend Dan Quisenberry, the famous mustachioed closer as famous for his acts of goodwill in helping the hungry in the Kansas City area as he was for his red hair and submarine delivery.

"He said, 'I may not be able to save the world, but I can always feed my neighbors,'" Butler said. "Even the smallest gestures can make a huge difference."

More information on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Hutch Award can be found at www.fhcrc.org.


Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB and read his MLBlog, Youneverknow. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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The Nationals are about to sign Edwin Jackson. 1 year in the $8-12MM range.
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The Nationals are about to sign Edwin Jackson. 1 year in the $8-12MM range.
What. The. ****.

Yeah, I can see how this would have been a bad fit for the Royals.
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I'm a little disappointed. I did not think he would sign a 1-year deal, I thought he was going to get a 3 or 4-year deal from someone at around 12MM AAV or so.

Obviously he and Boras weren't happy with the 3 year deals they were getting, so they signed this 1-year "show me" contract to hopefully get a payday in 2013, but they could have done their audition in KC, its not like the Nats are a great team. Perhaps we inquired and were flat-out told no way, but it would be nice to know if that happened.

If the rotation looks crowded now, we did not have to re-sign Chen, and Duffy has options.
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Upon further reflection, I can see that we are not winning any tie-breakers with Washington. We would have had to blow them away, and its not hard to imagine if we had marginally beaten their offer that Jackson would have said no.

First, they want a big payday. If Jackson has a great year, he'll be able to command a big 4-5 year deal in 2013 that we aren't handing out to him. It would have been just one really good year and we got our own players we want to extend. (by the way, when the hell are we extending Gordon? His arbitration hearing is coming up) Washington doesn't have this massive farm system coming up, if he becomes a fan favorite in 2012, they may pay him and Boras off.

That aside, Washington was close to .500 last season, they have big pitching names to surround him with, and they don't have the decade-plus long stigma of being losers. Its fine for us to believe our time is almost here and that on paper things look up, but most of them aren't Gil Meche. A lot of free agents are going to have to see us win first before they'd be willing to come to KC. We may never have been players this offseason, but if we finish a strong second this year (or hell, even beat Detroit), then free agents will be a lot more open to playing here.
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