A’s finally get rid of Jim Johnson

When the A’s first signed him, I thought it was a hefty $10 million investment. But he just wrapped up his second straight season of over 50 saves. So I knew that if he was to replace Grant Balfour, he’s a good candidate.

I watched him on Opening Day. He blew the game. I didn’t boo him, but I understood the reason for booing him. He had a big shoe to fill and he didn’t deliver. Then he started blowing more games. Then in blowouts, he couldn’t get through the innings without surrendering runs.

Last night was the final straw. He faced four batters and all of them would eventually score. His ERA ballooned to 6.94. That was enough. He had to go. He just was not good. He might do better elsewhere. But here, he was not the player the team paid for. What a shame. But this was the move that had to be made. It could have been made earlier, but better late than never.

Farewell.

Majestic’s Twitter account promotes a fan wearing a counterfeit jersey

Majestic, the official uniform outfitter of Major League Baesball, is out and about at the All-Star Game. They are snapping photos of fans in baseball jerseys. Seems like a cool thing.

But take a look at the above image they shared. The quality of the lettering and the jersey itself clearly shows that it is not an official product. It appears to be a counterfeit jersey from China. Especially if you compare the nameplate lettering.

How very odd that they would promote such behavior on their Twitter. There is no excuse for that.

Yoenis Cespedes wins Home Run Derby again, which means Twitter negatively reacts to him not speaking English

But with this great achievement, we also get the negative reaction on Twitter. Like last year, people went to Twitter to complain about how Yoenis Cespedes didn’t conduct his interview in English.

Cespedes is in his third year living in America after defecting from Cuba and joining the A’s. Learning a new language isn’t easy and maybe he isn’t fully comfortable speaking in public in English.

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There is a new Cleveland sports coloring book and it’s about the good moments

Remember when Scott O’Brien put together a Kickstarter to help fund his coloring book of depressing moments in Cleveland sports history? After the news of LeBron James returning to the Cavaliers, the artist announced his intentions to create another coloring book. Only this time, it’s about the good times in Cleveland sports.

I spoke with O’Brien about his decision to start up another coloring book project about Cleveland sports.

“I’ve kind have been bouncing around (the idea for this book) in my mind,” said O’Brien. “In researching the first book, I came across a lot of things in Cleveland sports history that I was aware of and some of them I wasn’t too familiar with. After doing the first one, I always thought about doing a ‘great moments’ book. I never knew what the right time would be. But when LeBron announced his return, there was a lot of optimism for Cleveland sports now. It seemed like a good time to do it.”

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The Home Run Derby is going to be fun

Aside from the announcing team, this looks to be a great derby. Jose Bautista can launch them. Former champ Justin Morneau is in it. Yoenis Cespedes is here to defend his title. Tulowitzki and Donaldson both are studs. Puig will be exciting. Giancarlo Stanton might be the best out of the bunch.

Lots of star power in this one. And personally, two A’s players makes me smile!

They’re selling A’s-Giants split caps at the Coliseum?

When the A’s and Giants met in the World Series, these caps were born.

When the two met again in 1997 for the first ever year of Interleague Play, these caps were dusted off from the closet.

Now New Era and MLB are selling these caps? What a shame!

The Battle of the Bay Interleague Series is starting to lose its steam

One of the things I really enjoyed about the Interleague matchup between the Giants and A’s is that it was a three-game set at one park and a three-game set at another. Nowadays because of the Astros’ move to the American League, it’s harder to make that happen.

This year, the Bay Bridge Series is only a four-game affair, with the teams splitting the games at their home park. Not only are they playing fewer games, but the games are in the middle of the week. These used to be set aside for the weekend. Instead, now it’s a Monday to Thursday deal.

I still get excited for this matchup but it’s not as cool when it’s shortened and moved to the middle of the week. At least it’s right before the All-Star Break, so people can get their jollies on about this right in the middle of the summer. But it’s not as cool as it once was.

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The Oakland A’s are finally getting HD scoreboards

https://twitter.com/JoeStiglichCSN/status/484769315820826624

Ever since becoming an A’s fan as a kid, the scoreboard has always been pretty subpar. In fact, as more teams started installing HD screens, the A’s continued to use their low-budget, out of date screens.

It is so commonly associated with the place, they even made a shirt of the scoreboard (with some bulbs out).

But now with this news, along with the approved 10-year lease, I’m really excited to see what this will look like. I still want the team to get a new stadium but for now, this will hold the team here in Oakland and at least possibly keep them in the discussion.

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