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Athletics Nation Mar 6, 2017
The Weekly Bernie, 3/6/17: No notable Oakland A’s in World Baseball Classic (for now)

The Weekly Bernie, 3/6/17: No notable Oakland A’s in World Baseball Classic (for now)

The A’s representation in the World Baseball Classic has all but vanished, and the club made their first round of roster cuts, among other news. Welcome back to The Weekly Bernie! It’s the best dance in the game, so let’s get rolling once more! The Oakland A’s originally had five big leaguers accept invitations to play for five different teams in the World Baseball Classic: Khris Davis (Mexico), Sonny Gray (USA), Liam Hendriks (Australia), John Axford (Canada), and Santiago Casilla (Dominican Republic). Since, each of the five has either withdrawn from the tournament or been...
Athletics Nation Mar 5, 2017
World Baseball Classic 2017: Oakland A’s won’t be big participants after all

World Baseball Classic 2017: Oakland A’s won’t be big participants after all

... and that’s just fine. The 2017 World Baseball Classic starts on Monday, but the Oakland A’s won’t be taking as big of a part in the tournament as it once appeared. When rosters were announced in February, the A’s had nine players confirmed to take part, including five major leaguers. However, most of the biggest names have withdrawn their commitments for various reasons, leaving the list much shorter (MLB players are in bold): Sonny Gray, RHP, USA Liam Hendriks, Australia John Axford, RHP, Canada ? Santiago Casilla, RHP, Dominican Republic ? Cesar Valdez, RHP,...
CSN Bay Area Mar 3, 2017

Casilla to report to A's on Sunday; Axford withdraws from WBC

MESA, Ariz. The As bullpen will finally be with its full cast by the end of the weekend.Manager Bob Melvin announced that Santiago Casilla is scheduled to report Sunday after visa issues kept him in the Dominican Republic for the first 2 1/2 weeks of spring training. Also, John Axford has decided to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic.
Rotoworld Mar 3, 2017

John Axford pulls out of WBC - John Axford (R) Oakland Athletics

John Axford has pulled out of representing Canada in the World Baseball Classic for personal and professional reasons.

A’s reliever John Axford eyes WBC, recalls Canada-Mexico brawl

A’s reliever John Axford eyes WBC, recalls Canada-Mexico brawl The A’s had five players signed up for the World Baseball Classic, and John Axford might be the only guy participating. “Once again, I’m excited to put on a Canadian jersey and have ‘Canada’ across the chest,” said Axford, who plans to leave Sunday for Florida to begin workouts with his countrymen. Casilla still hasn’t reported to A’s camp because of visa problems, and every extra day he’s late further lessens his chances of pitching in the WBC. A brawl broke out in the ninth inning of the Canada-Mexico...
CSN Bay Area Mar 2, 2017

Brawl between Canada, Mexico in '13 WBC still sticks with Axford

MESA, Ariz. John Axford feels hes in good shape for his upcoming stint with Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.Nothing could have prepared the As reliever for his last WBC experience in 2013.Axford was warming up in the bullpen at Chase Field when a huge brawl broke out in the late innings of a first-round game between Canada and Mexico. Tensions escalated after a Canadian hitter dropped down a bunt single in the top of the ninth with Canada already leading 9-3.

A’s John Axford’s Oscar ploy works for ‘Moonlight’

A’s reliever John Axford is a movie buff whose annual Oscar picks get some attention, particularly after he filled out a perfect ballot three years ago. Axford had told The Chronicle that because he’d picked movies he’d wanted to win Best Picture each of the previous two years and they’d lost, he was going to use “reverse psychology” and pick “La La Land” over “Moonlight” - the film he loved most, in the hopes that would push result in a “Moonlight” victory. “I feel like my reverse-psychology move worked - I finally got the film I wanted to win,” Axford said with...
CSN Bay Area Feb 27, 2017

After all the confusion, Axford pleased "Moonlight" won

MESA, Ariz. By the time the Academy Awards wrapped Sunday night, As reliever (and movie fanatic) John Axford was content in picking 19 of 24 categories right.Of course, Axford thought hed nailed 20 of 24.He was as shocked as anyone at the mass confusion surrounding the Best Picture announcement that sent the social media world bonkers.
CSN Bay Area Feb 26, 2017

A’s reliever, movie buff Axford makes 2017 Oscars predictions

A's reliever John Axford is not your casual movie fan. Axford majored in Film at Notre Dame and has a proven track record when it comes to

Mahershala Ali sets up “Moonlight” screening for A’s players

Mahershala Ali sets up “Moonlight” screening for A’s players Academy Award nominee Mahershala Ali, who is from Oakland and grew up in Hayward, organized a screening of “Midnight” for the A’s players on Thursday night in Scottsdale, Ariz. “He’s and Oakland guy and a big Athletics fan, and he wanted the guys to see it,” said reliever John Axford, a movie buff who studied film and television at Notre Dame. Ali was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film. Axford has gained attention for his annual Oscars picks, which he said he will post on social media...

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