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.

Was it wrong for Athletics fans to boo Jim Johnson after another poor outing?

On opening day, Johnson came into a scoreless game and gave up two runs in the 9th inning and the A’s would lose that game. He was booed after recording the third out of the inning.

Last night, Johnson came into the 9th inning with a 4-3 lead but ended up blowing the save, allowing three runs to score. When he was removed from the game, the Athletics fans booed him mercilessly.

In his first two appearances with his new club, Johnson has lost both games and his ERA is at 45.00.

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