It’s safe to say it: Oakland A’s first baseman Matt Olson is ready for the regular season.
If fact, he probably can’t wait to leave Arizona. He hit his sixth home run of the spring on Sunday, a number that matches his total career home runs in baseball’s preseason, per Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Matt Olson hit his sixth Cactus League home run of the spring Sunday, off Giants left-hander Sam Selman. It equaled the total number of spring training home runs Olson had in his career before this year.Matt Kawahara/San Francisco Chronicle
Save some for the regular season, man. My word. Olson latest shot came against the San Francisco Giants, as both franchises prepare to break camp and embark upon the regular season.
Here’s a look, courtesy of the A’s official Twitter account.
Listen to Mike Krukow’s commentary on Olson. The former All-Star pitcher was mightily impressed.
Olson is a proven power hitter, connecting on 36 home runs during his last full season in 2019. He nailed 14 homers in 60 games during last year’s shortened season. It’s actually his birthday today, and he turns just 27 years old. He’s a two-time Gold Glove winner, as well.
It appears he’ll be with the A’s at least a few more years, as he’s under team control, contract-wise, due for arbitration in the next two seasons. He’s a special hitter, and his batting stance is reminiscent of Paul Bunyan; it’s just a extremely fun to watch this guy take his hacks.
He’ll try and stay hot as the A’s host the Astros on opening day, April 1.
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