On Friday night I was enjoying watching the Royals vs White Sox as they opened the second half of the 2008 baseball season. There is reason to be optimistic if you are a Royals fan. They appear to be better than last year but of course still have a long ways to go until they will be considered a contender. Anyways, in the first inning I came to the realization that Royals DH/1B Billy Butler may be the slowest player to ever play the game of baseball.
Here is how I came to this realization...in the first inning the Royals had runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. Billy Butler was on first and Mark Grud was at the plate. Grud worked the count to 3-2. With 2 outs and a 3-2 count, any runners on base start running on the pitcher's first motion to home plate. Both Royals on base did this and then Grud looped the ball into right field (opposite of 3rd base). The runner on 2nd scored but Jermaine Dye picked up the ball and fired to 3rd base where Butler was just arriving. He was out by a long shot. So Billy Butler got thrown out going first to third when he had a head start and the hit wen to right field. That my friends is a tough thing to do. Granted Dye has one of the best arms in the majors but still...that is embarrassing.
Butler has redeemed himself with his bat though. He has 7 RBI's in the last 2 games and hit 2 home runs on Saturday night. His first multi-homerun game. But seriously Butler...get faster!!!
So what do you think? Is Butler the slowest player to ever play major league baseball?