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Billy Butler's triple and 5 infield singles

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler does not have a wheels tool. He has five infield singles and a triple anyway. Billy Butler is not known for his speed. It's fun when not speedy baseball players accomplish tasks usually reserved for speedy baseball players, or at least average speed baseball players. I therefore present Billy Butler's five infield singles and his triple. There are many gifs. Please be patient. Baseball Reference actually credits Butler with nine infield hits, but that includes four occasions where the ball continued to an outfielder after glancing off an...
Graveman winning many fans in clubhouse since his return

Graveman winning many fans in clubhouse since his return

Billy Butler saw something unusual in Kendall Graveman this spring. “I saw a bulldog,’’ Butler said. It was unexpected, because Graveman was a rookie who just 12 months earlier was pitching in Class-A for Toronto. He went out during spring… Continue Reading →
Athletics Nation Jun 14, 2015

The Curious Case Of Billy Butler

Everybody's favorite whipping boy these days, the main images of Billy Butler these days are of a guy rolling his eyes over a strike call, rolling over to hit a DP ball to 3B, ripping a liner right at an outfielder, or looking like a cartoon character frantically running place in an effort to get somewhere. In the movies, a character can age in reverse or at 10x their chronological rate. In real life, at age 29 Butler is either aging too quickly or else he is, at the very least, causing A's fans to do so. He is batting .244/.298/.339 with 4 HRs and it is a well documented fact that leading...
Athletics Nation Jun 8, 2015

The Oakland A's should move DH Billy Butler out of the cleanup spot

Whether he's already declining or merely slumping, Country Breakfast is not filling up the stat sheet. The signing of Billy Butler elicited a wide variety of reactions. Some thought it was a foolish long-term deal for a declining, bad-body, no-defense player. Others praised it as a buy-low move for an undervalued hitter coming off of an off-year, in the same winter that fellow DH Victor Martinez got nearly twice as much annual money on his deal. You could have had almost any opinion on Butler and still backed it up with a valid, logical argument. Unfortunately, the naysayers look to be the...
Athletics Nation Jun 6, 2015

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte makes MLB debut for Oakland A's

I'm using both hands to applaud this move. Billy Butler was just a smokescreen, y'all. This is the real news right here. The Oakland Athletics have signed switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. When I say "switch-pitcher," I mean that he can pitch with either hand and that he switches between them freely to gain the platoon advantage. On a personal level, I've hoped Venditte would wind up in Oakland for years. He's just so ... interesting. You watch sports because sometimes something cool like Venditte comes around, and now we're one step...
Butler hitting the ball better, but numbers don’t reflect it

Butler hitting the ball better, but numbers don’t reflect it

Billy Butler had a rather routine line for his night at the plate Wednesday, five at-bats, one hit, and a run scored. That casual perusal of the box score doesn’t quite mirror how well Butler hit the ball. In the… Continue Reading →

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