Sam Mellinger

July 7, 2014 5:20 PM

Drama after Billy Butler’s drop in Royals lineup isn’t what anyone wanted

Billy Butler justifiably sees himself as the Kansas City Royals’ most established hitter, and wonders why he’s been occasionally benched and now moved down in the lineup for the second time while Eric Hosmer appears to have birthrights to the top of the batting order every day. The team sees Butler as an underperforming and now overpaid hitter on a roster in desperate need of consistent production, exposing an ego that’s always simmered just beneath the surface.

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