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Billy Butler | Designated Hitter

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.
It's a routine day off. The A's have Brett Lawrie in the designated hitter spot and Eric Sogard at second base. Sep 30 - 3:43 PM

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Billy Butler went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Rangers.

Butler managed one of the two extra-base hits that the A's collected on the day, as Rangers starter Cole Hamels and the collective efforts of the Texas pen more or less put the Athletic offense to sleep. In his first season with the California club, the veteran DH is hitting .250/.320/.384 with 13 homers and 62 RBI. Unless he turns into the Incredible Hulk over the next week, he'll finish with back-to-back seasons of sub-.400 slugging for the first time in his career.
Sep 24 - 7:09 PM

Billy Butler crushed a three-run home run in the ninth inning of Thursday afternoon's 4-2 win over the White Sox.

The Athletics looked dead in the water heading into the ninth, having been limited to a solitary run by White Sox starter Jose Quintana. However, after Brett Lawrie and Danny Valencia reached base against closer David Robertson in the ninth, Butler stepped up and launched a big three-run homer to flip the score. The dinger was his 13th of the season. The 29-year-old slugger is hitting .254/.325/.392 with the 13 homers and 62 RBI in his first season with the A's and indeed, his first season outside of a Royals uniform.
Sep 17 - 5:16 PM

Billy Butler went 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's lopsided win over the White Sox.

Butler had three of the Athletics' 19 hits on the evening as they throttled Sox starter Jeff Samardzija and company. The three-hit game raised Butler's September average to .388 (19-for-49) as he attempts to close the year on a high note. The designated hitter is batting .254/.326/.382 with 57 RBI and 56 runs scored overall.
Sep 15 - 11:54 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

Butler put his team on the board when he hit a solo home run off Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma in the seventh inning. The bomb was his 10th of the season and his first since July 19. He's hitting .249/.321/.378 with the 10 homers and 51 RBI.
Sep 6 - 7:12 PM

Billy Butler hit a walk-off double in the 10th inning, helping the Athletics beat the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Butler was 0-for-3 with a walk leading up to his 10th-inning at-bat. Yimi Garcia had allowed a leadoff double to Mark Canha, and Butler followed up with one of his own to end the game. The DH had really hit the skids, batting .133 (4-for-30) in his previous nine games. Overall, Butler is batting .236/.304/.357 with nine home runs and 48 RBI in a disappointing first year in Oakland.
Aug 19 - 1:56 AM

Billy Butler was absent from the Athletics' lineup for the third game in a row Tuesday.

New acquisition Danny Valencia has been in the designated hitter spot in Butler's place two out of those three games and in the cleanup spot for all three. The A's signing of Butler to a three-year, $30 million contract over the winter was a curious move at the time and it's been a flop in year one, with the 29-year-old batting just .239/.305/.365 with nine homers.
Aug 12 - 9:40 AM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

Even against right-hander Collin McHugh, A's skipper Bob Melvin is going with Danny Valencia at designated hitter after the new acquisition homered on Friday. In the first season of a three-year, $30 million contract, Butler has hit just .239/.306/.366 with nine homers and 47 RBI.
Aug 8 - 12:14 PM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. The A's have Ben Zobrist in the designated hitter spot while Butler rests.
Jul 12 - 10:35 AM

Billy Butler went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Yankees.

Butler's double off of Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was his 16th of the season. After a blistering start to the season, he's cooled off to hit .250/.314/.377 with seven homers and 38 RBI over 308 at-bats. His slash-numbers have dropped in every year since 2012 and are currently on course to continue that trend.
Jul 9 - 4:18 PM

Billy Butler went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 10-inning victory against the Yankees.

Butler swatted a game-tying solo home run in the sixth inning against Chasen Shreve. He had been held hitless in his previous three games. The DH is batting a mediocre .250/.315/.373 with seven home runs and 37 RBI to date.
Jul 7 - 10:27 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.

The second-inning triple was just Butler's fifth in 4,599 career at-bats. He scored later in the inning and added an RBI single in the fifth. The big man is batting .259/.323/.376 on the year.
Jul 1 - 7:05 PM

Billy Butler had a big night, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored in Monday's win against the Rockies.

Butler singled and scored in the first inning, clubbed a solo home run in the fourth, knocked in a run with a double in the eighth and later scored on Brett Lawrie's triple. Aside from a four-hit night on June 17, Butler hadn't done anything at the plate, batting a miserable .179 (10-for-56) since June 5. Overall, he's hitting .254/.315/.366 with six home runs and 34 RBI.
Jun 30 - 12:49 AM

Billy Butler went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Royals and is hitting .197 with one homer and six RBI in 66 at-bats during June.

If Butler were on a one-year deal instead of a three-year pact, he'd be a real candidate for a benching. As is, the A's will likely stick with him and hope for the best. He's been a liability thus far.
Jun 27 - 1:38 AM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday against the Angels.

The A's will roll with Ike Davis at first base and Stephen Vogt as the designated hitter. The 29-year-old is hitting .256/.311/.357 with five homers and 32 RBI in his first year in Oakland.
Jun 20 - 12:32 PM

Depth Charts

C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Max Muncy
2B1Brett Lawrie
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
2Tyler Ladendorf
3B1Danny Valencia
LF1Coco Crisp
2Mark Canha
CF1Billy Burns
2Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
2Andrew Lambo
3Jake Smolinski
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
S1Sonny Gray
2Jesse Hahn
3Kendall Graveman
4Jarrod Parker
5Chris Bassitt
6Aaron Brooks
7Sean Nolin
8Felix Doubront
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Drew Pomeranz
3Fernando Rodriguez
4Liam Hendriks
5Evan Scribner
6R.J. Alvarez
7Ryan Dull
8Jose Torres
9Arnold Leon
10Rich Hill
11Daniel Coulombe