A closer in baseball is such an important position, and the Oakland Athletics are hell bent on making sure that there's is on the money, and Jim Johnson is not right now.
Even though we are only eight games into the MLB season, the A's have made a cut throat decision to remove their closer due to his poor play.
The manager of the A's Bob Melvin announced this week that he will remove Johnson from the line-up, with the view to brining a player that they can trust.
San Francisco Chronicle reported, "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.
"Asked if he believes he’s putting too much pressure on himself with a new team, a theory to which some teammates subscribe, Johnson said he doesn’t think so. He said he just isn’t putting the ball where he needs to consistently.
“Trust me, I wish I had an answer for you,” he said."
The Oakland A's have started the season with mixed performances on the field, but they have still managed to post a 6-3 record in an overall solid start.
Then will begin a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners tonight, 7:30pm PDT.
Having won their last four games, the A's will fancy their chance in Seattle.