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Elephant Rumblings: “New Oakland” right around the corner?

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The A’s finally dropped a game yesterday, losing to the Rockies 7-3. But prospect Lawrence Butler had himself a day, hitting a double and home run to account for half of Oakland’s four total hits. That double actually broke up a no-hitter attempt and came off hit bat at 111 MPH. Very nice.

After the game, Butler spoke of his and teammates Tyler Soderstrom, who got his first spring start today, Denzel Clarke and Zack Gelof’s first spring training together, and had this exciting new name for the prospects coming up through the pipeline:

Lawrence Butler said he’s having a blast taking in his first big league camp with Minor League teammates like Tyler Soderstrom, Zack Gelof and Denzel Clarke.

Butler: “We call ourselves ‘The New Oakland’.”

— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) February 27, 2023

You gotta love the confidence from one of the young guys. Get those t-shirts ready. Butler is expected to begin the year in Double-A but a big season could put him on the cusp of making his big league debut sooner than later. “New Oakland” might be here sooner than later.

A’s Coverage:

JToster: Butler’s two-hit game not enough to save nearly hitless A’s
Gallegos: “New Oakland” prospects flash their star power
Smilow: A’s Gelof, Fishman prep for WBC for Team Israel
Kawahara: Rucinski adjusts to pitch timer- and PitchCom- in first spring start

MLB News & Interest:

Franco: Former big league outfielder Albie Pearson passes away
Klemish: Rays’ Glasnow suffers oblique injury
Toribio: Dodgers’ Lux suffers knee injury, carted off
Divish: Mariners’ White to start season at Triple-A
Adams: Blue Jays hire former Astros GM Click
Nightengale: Former Athletic Pinder hoping to carve role with Reds
McTaggart: Why Buttrey decided to unretire, join Astros
HOFer Chipper Jones: Braves have ‘5 or 6 studs in the lineup
Today in Baseball History

Best of Twitter:

Couldn’t have said it better myself

It’s hard not to be romantic about baseball. pic.twitter.com/s9ND5oNdMt

— MLB (@MLB) February 27, 2023

From the man himself:

New Oakland frfr y’all heard it here first ‼️ https://t.co/IitroMC4Gq

— Law (@itslaw1) February 27, 2023

…after hitting a bomb and a double

first Butler Bomb of the spring pic.twitter.com/azajkxLa0q

— Oakland A’s (@Athletics) February 27, 2023

Lawrence Butler is electric ⚡️pic.twitter.com/buBAVCOZgx

— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) February 27, 2023

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