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Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals named Sharp Presents the American League Player of the Month for September
10/06/2009 2:52 PM ET
Kansas City Royals first baseman Billy Butler has been named the Sharp Presents the American League Player of the Month for September. This marks Billy's first career monthly award honor.

In 27 games last month, Butler batted an American League-best .363 (37-102) with 10 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 26 RBI. The 23-year-old posted a .459 on-base percentage along with a .675 slugging percentage. On September 9th, Butler collected three doubles and two RBI to lead the Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. The three-double game marked his fourth of the season, two more than any other Royals player in a season, and the most ever in a season in baseball history since 1900. The 14th overall pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft collected two multi-double outings this month, bringing his season total to seven. On September 25th, Billy went 4-for-5, slammed two homers and knocked in the only four runs of a 9-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins at home. The outing marked his third career multi-home run game and his second of the month, the first taking place on September 7th in a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Orange Park, Florida native collected his 50th double of the season on September 26th, becoming just the fifth player in Major League history to compile at least 20 home runs and 50 doubles in a season before the age of 24, joining Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg (1934), Alex Rodriguez (1996), Albert Pujols (2003) and Miguel Cabrera (2006). The right-handed slugger finished the season with career-highs in every offensive category and led the Royals in at-bats (608), hits (183), doubles (51), walks (58), RBI (93), batting average (.301), slugging percentage (.492) and on-base percentage (.362). His 51 doubles during the 2009 campaign ranked second in the Majors behind Baltimore's Brian Roberts, and were just three shy of Hal McRae's club record of 54 in 1977.

The runner up was Minnesota Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who tied for an A.L.-best with eight home runs in pursuit of the A.L. Central crown. Also receiving votes were New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who led the A.L. with a .686 slugging percentage, and Toronto Blue Jays slugger Adam Lind, who also knocked eight homers and drove in 25 runs.

MLB fans should visit sharpmlb.com throughout the season to access information, unique statistics, video clips and exclusive editorial content focused on the Sharp Presents the American League and National League Players of the Month Award.

For setting the highest definition of excellence, Sharp, the presenting sponsor of the American League Player of the Month Award, presents Billy Butler with a 52" AQUOS®. Sharp AQUOS is the "Official High-Definition Television of Major League Baseball." Butler will also receive a specially designed trophy to mark his achievement.

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