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Athletics thrilled with new-look bullpen heading into season

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As Sean Doolittle scoured the room and chatted up some of his new teammates, Oakland's bearded closer couldn't help but envision the potential of an experienced, new-look bullpen for the Athletics going into 2016. From offseason acquisitions John Axford and Ryan Madson to Marc Rzepczynski and Liam Hendriks, manager Bob Melvin has a long list of relievers to...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

In Axford, A's add veteran reliever - and seasoned Twitter personality

The Oakland Athletics continued revamping their bullpen in recent weeks, adding Liam Hendriks, Ryan Madson, Marc Rzepczynski and John Axford in an ongoing effort to fix one of the most glaring deficiencies of the 2015 team.In Axford, the A's are adding a hard-throwing right-hander that has been around a while now. The 32-year-old spent last season with the Colorado Rockies, the...
Via Fox Sports
December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Jameson Axford is running around like a typical toddler

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Little Jameson Axford is running around like a typical toddler these days, nine months after the son of reliever John Axford received a rattlesnake bite at spring training that threatened his life. Now, Jameson - with that blond hair and big grin - will need some new baseball gear in green and gold. Axford finalized his $10 million, two-year contract with...
Via AP on Fox
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Athletics Add Axford, Revamp Bullpen Velocity

In his suite Tuesday afternoon, Billy Beane talked about making the most impact possible with the fewest dollars, something that would sound familiar any given year. And though his club’s bullpen was bad last year, he insisted it was a means by which they could get better this offseason without spending a lot. When the bullpen came up a third time, he sounded almost wistful about...
Via Fangraphs
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking The Rockies: 15 John Axford

  We at BSN Denver are running a series where we rank how valuable each of the Colorado Rockies’ 51 players was to the team in 2015. Value was calculated by statistics, viewing, and how memorable each player’s contributions were. The rankings will be from last to first, you may view the full rankings (here) Player: John Axford Stats: 60 G, 55.2 IP, 4-5, 4.20 ERA, 1.581 WHIP...
Via BSN Denver
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: As the Baseball World Turns

What a week for baseball. There were several trades—though none were Earth-altering. On top of that, it’s been your basic dose of ordinary minor moves like waiver claims, predictable roster cuts—well, actually, John Axford was cut—and plenty of drama. Oh, the drama. Trouble in Miami? The Miami Marlins are trading José Fernández, folks. The #Marlins are willing to trade...
Via The Sports Post
November 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies designate Axford, Brothers, Rosario for assignment

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies have designated three relievers for assignment, including right-hander John Axford.Other players designated for assignment Friday were lefty Rex Brothers and righty Tommy Kahnle, along with infielder/catcher Wilin Rosario.The team also agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Brandon Barnes that avoided arbitration.Axford had 25 saves for the Rockies...
Via AP on Fox
November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies designate Axford, Rosario for assignment

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have designated three relievers for assignment, including right-hander John Axford. Other players designated for assignment Friday were lefty Rex Brothers and righty Tommy Kahnle, along with infielder/catcher Wilin Rosario. The team also agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Brandon Barnes that avoided arbitration. Axford had 25 saves for...
Via AP on Fox
November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

John Axford to return to Milwaukee for film festival

It’s hella cliché, but…heeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny! Current Colorado Rockies reliever John Axford is heading back to Beertown, but not as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, but as part of the Milwaukee Film Festival. “I’ve been a part of the Milwaukee Film Festival the last four years and the last three years there’s been a John Axford Presents in there, so I do get...
Via Hall of Very Good
September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

John Axford reclaims role as Rockies' closer

Two weeks after being relegated from the Rockies' closer role, John Axford will be on the mound attempting to save games again. Manager Walt Weiss told reporters before the Rockies' game on Tuesday that Axford has been reinstated as the team's closer after pitching two weeks in a late-relief role. "He went through some tough times," Weiss said. "But he righted the ship. So I'll plug...
Via Fox Sports
August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Walt Weiss names Tommy Kahlne Rockies' interim closer

With John Axford temporarily relegated from the Colorado Rockies' closer role, manager Walt Weiss won't name a long-term replacement for Axford, but revealed which reliever will be given a chance to close out games for the Rockies in the interim. Weiss said Saturday that righty Tommy Kahlne will be given a shot as the Rockies' closer in Axford's absence, but stressed that there's...
Via Fox Sports
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

John Gets the Axford

After blowing his fifth save Thursday night, giving up three walks and two runs in the ninth, John Axford has now blown four save chances in his past five appearances. Colorado Rockies Manager Walt Weiss said Friday that John Axford would be removed from the closer role. But from the looks of the quote, it sounds like Axford could potentially gain the job back, especially if the...
Via Razzball
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Axford, Rockies literally walk off in loss to Cardinals

As a guy who allowed just one earned run from April 8 until June 17, these past six weeks must have been agony for John Axford. The closer who was virtually unhittable in his first 20 games, compiling a .047 ERA and .162 batting average against to go along with one win and 12 saves, can’t seem to buy an out these days. Heck, he’s having a hard time even getting strikes at this...
Via Mile High Sports
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

John Axford blows another save as Colorado Rockies can’t help themselves

  There is no such thing as slugging your way to a championship. If there is any reason to question why the Colorado Rockies need to focus on pitching as the trade deadline approaches, the answer has been abundantly clear over the past week. Thursday night would have been enough to make fans sick, if they weren’t still in complete shock over the trade of Troy Tulowitzki earlier...
Via BSN Denver
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Searching for Angels bullpen help

The Angels have about 24 hours before the trade deadline and while they’ve already made three deals, they are still looking for more. Since they’ve already acquired most of the outfielders in baseball, they should now be turning their attention towards addressing their middle relief situation. Who could be on their way to provide some Angels bullpen help? Not unlike those outfield...
Via Monkey with a Halo
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch this warp-speed tour through Wrigley Field catacombs with John Axford

Players consistently rate the Wrigley Field's facilities for visiting teams the worst in Major League Baseball. It's cramped, outdated and lacks the equipment common in most modern clubhouses. "It's jammed," former Mets and current Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole said of the clubhouse. "Put 20 reporters in there, and it gets even more jammed. There's no place to hide out. It's significantly...
Via Fox Sports
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies trade rumors: John Axford edition

There is now a mere 13 days left until the Major League Baseball trade deadline, and it is crunch time for the teams that need impact acquisitions. As I have said week after week, the Colorado Rockies are one of these teams. Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are naturally the two players that they will receive the most out of, but they cannot be the only option for the trade block...
Via isportsweb.com
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Ten under-the-radar players to watch at the trade deadline

By Dave Tobener Yesterday, we took a look at the big names that may be on the move at this year’s trade deadline. Chances are your team won’t trade for any of those guys; instead, they’ll trade for a guy you kind of forgot was in the league before you look up his numbers and realize he’s been pretty good this year. That’s what always happens at the trade deadline. Those...
Via The Outside Corner
July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies activate Axford from family emergency list

PHOENIX (AP) The Colorado Rockies have activated closer John Axford from the family emergency medical leave list. It was his second time on that list this season. The first came on April 14 shortly after his 2-year-old son was hospitalized with rattlesnake bites. He was placed back on the list on Tuesday but the team said it was not related to his son, who they said is doing fine...
Via AP on Fox
July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies win first interleague game, lose Axford

The Colorado Rockies picked up their first interleague win in 2015 Tuesday night and ended a near-record-setting streak of 14 consecutive interleague losses with a 2-1 victory in Oakland. Jorge de la Rosa pitched seven innings of four-hit scoreless baseball en route to his fifth victory on the year. Colorado is 7-1 in his last 8 starts. Highlights of de la Rosa’s night are provided...
Via Mile High Sports
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies closer Axford takes family leave for second time this season

For the second time this season Rockies pitcher John Axford has been placed on the family medical emergency list. Earlier in the year, the reliever needed time away to care for his snake-bitten son, Jameson Axford. This time the reason isn’t regarding his son, according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post. Rockies manager Walt Weiss said:"He has some things to take care of at home...
Via Fox Sports
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies closer John Axford making All-Star case

The latest All-Star Game fan voting updates were released on Monday, and with less than a week remaining for voting, it doesn’t look like the Rockies will have any starters on the National League squad. Nolan Arenado has not budged at fourth among third baseman in votes despite putting up MVP-like numbers. While Arenado will surely be put on the roster as a reserve, there’s another...
Via Fox Sports
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Axford, Rockies rebound for series win

John Axford got a shot at redemption on Thursday and, despite some struggles, left Coors Field with a save and a series win for the Rockies over Arizona. Colorado entered the ninth inning with a 6-2 lead after some late inning offense from Troy Tulowitzki and the rest of the Rockies. The game was tied until the sixth inning when the teams traded runs, Colorado’s coming off a Nolan...
Via Mile High Sports
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies closer John Axford blows save on June 24, again

June 24 is not a good date for Rockies closer John Axford. The right-hander blew his first save of the season on Wednesday (June 24). It was actually his first blown save since -- you guessed it -- June 24 of last year.Bad luck for Axford? The Rockies closer looks at the positive side. Per MLB.com, he said, "I've had a lot of good things happen for me personally this year -- a lot...
Via Fox Sports
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Axford struggles as Colorado Rockies lose late to Diamondbacks

  Anyone who watches baseball could have seen it coming. John Axford has been nearly perfect for the Colorado Rockies in 2015. It has been a season in which he has re-established himself as one of baseball’s elite closers. However, even the best closers are bound to blow a few games each season. It is simply the nature of baseball. Mariano Rivera did it, Trevor Hoffman did it...
Via BSN Denver
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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