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Apr 16, 2014
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Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson has been making progress since being bumped from the closer's ...
Apr 15, 2014
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Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson came on in the eighth inning down 2-1 Monday, April ...

Sooner or later, Johnson will move back into closer’s role

Is Jim Johnson the closer of the A’s future? Probably. Almost certainly. And when would that future be? Well, it could come as early as Friday when the A’s play host to Houston to start a two-team homestand in the… Continue Reading →
KFFL Apr 16, 2014

Athletics | Unclear when Jim Johnson will close

Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson has been making progress since being bumped from the closer's ...
Baltimore Sun Apr 12, 2014

Darren O'Day says former Orioles closer Jim Johnson will be fine

Like much of Baltimore, the Orioles organization has watched with interest as former closer Jim Johnson has struggled this early season with the Oakland A’s.

Johnson’s perfect innings won’t change closer situation

One day after his demotion from the closer’s role with Oakland, Jim Johnson gave the A’s a tantalizing look at what he could offer as the closer. Johnson pitched two innings of relief in a game that wasn’t close when… Continue Reading →
Bless You Boys Apr 11, 2014
MLB News: Everyone lost the trade!

MLB News: Everyone lost the trade!

Avisail Garcia is done for the year, Jim Johnson is no longer the closer, and Masahiro Tanaka is undefeated. It's Friday, kids. Make sure to pack some chocolate milk in your sack lunch. Here's what's happening around MLB. (Numbers next to team names are taken from Fangraphs and represent the team's percent chance of winning the World Series) Oakland Athletics (6%) Manager Bob Melvin is giving struggling closer Jim Johnson a break, choosing a "closer-by-committee" strategy that will utilize any one of multiple decent arms in their deep bullpen. Apparently that's a real thing and not just an...
San Jose Mercury News Apr 10, 2014

Why Oakland A's reliever Jim Johnson isn't closing

Athletics new closer Jim Johnson won't pitch the ninth inning until he can start saving games rather than blowing them
Athletics Nation Apr 10, 2014
Jim Johnson out as Athletics' closer

Jim Johnson out as Athletics' closer

Oakland will go with a closer by committee for the indefinite future. Perhaps this is the year that they finally break the stupid tradition of the designated closer? We were all thinking it. Turns out Billy Beane and Bob Melvin were, too. Melvin: "We're going to give Jim a break" from the ninth. Now closer by committee: Doolittle, Gregerson, Cook, Otero all options. — Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) April 10, 2014 Well this is interesting. Prudence is usually the best course of action early in the season, since small-sample struggles tend to be an unfair basis for significant decisions. This...

Oakland Athletics remove Jim Johnson from closer's role

Jim Johnson went 0-2 with two blown saves in his brief stint as Oakland’s closer. (Jeff Chiu/AP) It’s been only eight games, but Jim Johnson has lost his job as Oakland’s closer. On Thursday morning, A’s manager Bob Melvin announced that Johnson would no longer pitch in save situations. The move comes after Johnson blew a save against […]
Sacramento Bee Apr 10, 2014
A's take struggling Jim Johnson out of closer role

A's take struggling Jim Johnson out of closer role

Manager Bob Melvin says the Oakland Athletics will move forward with a closer-by-committee approach while they work to get the struggling Jim Johnson back on track. Oakland Athletics' Jim Johnson works against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Oakland, Calif.
Baltimore Sun Apr 10, 2014

Peter Schmuck: Ex-O's closer Jim Johnson now ex-Athletics closer, too

Oakland manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday that he will go with a closer-by-committee approach after the veteran right-hander struggled again WednesdayIn what has to be one of the most stunning career reversals in recent baseball history, former Orioles closer Jim Johnson -- who saved at least 50 games in each of the past two seasons -- has been removed from that role after barely two weeks in Oakland.
Sacramento Bee Apr 10, 2014

Johnson loses closer job for A's

Jim Johnson's role as closer for the Oakland Athletics lasted eight games.
Baltimore Sun Apr 10, 2014

Tracking ex-Orioles in the 2014 season

Follow the performance of former Orioles players with their new teams in 2014. Jim Johnson recently lost the closer's role in Oakland, while Scott Feldman continues to thrive in Houston.

Jim Johnson out as A’s closer; he’s not surprised by move

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at Target Field Manager Bob Melvin announced this morning that Jim Johnson will get “a break” from closer duties. Johnson has an 18.90 ERA to start the season, plus two losses and a blown save. Johnson told The Chronicle and MLB.com just now that he is not surprised by the decision, saying Melvin “has got to do what he’s got to do” and that there is no timetable for his return to closing. “I’ve got to keep working, there’s nothing else I can do,” Johnson said. Melvin said that numerous relievers will be in the mix to close games,...
Oakland Tribune Apr 10, 2014

A's take closer's role away from Jim Johnson

To the surprise of almost no one, the A's are taking the closer's role away from Jim Johnson for the time being

Jim Johnson taken out of the closer’s role for now

To the surprise of almost no one, the A’s are taking the closer’s role away from Jim Johnson for the time being. Oakland manager Bob Melvin said Thursday morning that he would use a number of other relievers – Luke… Continue Reading →

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