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Elephant Rumblings: Billy Owens marks 25 years with A’s

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Oakland Athletics Draft Day One

Happy Monday, Athletics Nation!

The A’s got off to a great start in Cactus League play over the weekend, winning both games and totaling 23 runs in the process. That’s some poppin’ fresh offense from a plucky young squadron right out the gate for you.

Maybe the front office did win all those seemingly lopsided trades many of us deemed giveaways. I wouldn’t get too optimistic just yet—we’re still likely in for a bit of a long season. But I’m definitely more excited than ever to watch this team develop.

One man who has been instrumental in developing this team is assistant general manager and director of player personnel Billy Owens. 2023 marks his 25th season with the A’s, a major milestone for the 51-year-old, who has played myriad roles with the team, from hitting instructor, to scout, to baseball operations executive.

Bill Ladson at detailed some of Owens’ reflections on his career, including his disappointment in the result of the first Draft Lottery, his approach on scouting and evaluation, and his future aspirations.

We may not be thrilled with everything happening at every level of the A’s organization these days, but Owens is definitely one of the good guys, and a big reason we’re enthusiastically watching prospects like Tyler Soderstrom make their ascent to the big leagues.

Athletics Nation congratulates Billy Owens on 25 great years with the A’s. May there be 25 more to come—right here in Oakland!

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Offense was great all weekend, but the A’s pitchers were decidedly more impressive on Sunday.

Indeed they did.

Kap update.

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