A's clearly peaking too early

A's clearly peaking too early
February 27, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Between Josh Reddick's Cactus League catches and Eric Sogard's 'Cinderella Story,' what more could the A's possibly accomplish in 2014? 

Josh Reddick stole no home runs on Thursday. A clear example of peaking too early in 2014.

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SB Nation decided to give us the kind of baseball depth charts that both confuse and amuse, which frankly are the only two reasons to have them. The NL West and AL West are included here, with just this warning – the Google autocomplete for Angel Pagan is “poop,” and Dan Straily’s is “colon.” Hey, you’re the one with the fantasy league problem.

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Good news for Mark Davis’ attempt to create leverage for a new Raiders stadium: The Kepler telescope just discovered 715 new planets, four of which may be able to support life as we know it.

[RATTO: Davis' 'last-chance-for-Oakland' threat lacks leverage]

And no, I’m not going for the easy next logical joke here. Do your own dirty work.

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Russell Wilson says his ultimate goal in football is to be an owner, and let’s be honest – being a billionaire is fan-tastic.

On the other hand, he’d have to find a way to be comfortable with being outvoted 31-1 every time a question about player compensation comes up. Or worse, becoming a former player who forgets what being a player used to be like. Russ, do yourself a favor. Be the billionaire and stop there.

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Speaking of the NFL, it is deciding to sidestep a largely unenforceable rule banning the use of the N-word among players just by making a point of emphasis for the officials to throw a flag when they hear it under an already existing rule. It’s a neat trick if you’re into administrative solutions, but it still means the officials get to be hall monitors who catch only one-fifth of what goes on and hate having to catch what they do.

Another great idea from the good people who can’t see the harm in “Redskins.”

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Washington Wizard Al Harrington told an area radio station, “Instead of worrying about that (the four-point shot), they should be worrying about shortening the season.”

So that’s one thing on the owners’ agenda that sits below the four-point shot. A second is giving all the players unilateral100 percent raises.

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With so much diversity of uninformed opinion/guesswork about Johnny Manziel, let me give you mine. He’s awful and magnificent, a fine fellow and a complete swine, a sure first rounder and undesirable on every level, runs too much and has great field presence, charismatic and almost criminally malignant. Depending on what team gets him.

There. I’m pretty sure I’m right once.

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Eric Sogard, fine. David Wright, swell. What care I? What I want to know is, why Major League Baseball isn’t expanding its preposterous yet apparently successful #FaceOfMLB promotion to other body parts. For instance, I believe Cleveland third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall is without question the pancreas of MLB, Milwaukee’s Scooter Gennett its kneecap, and Colorado’s D.J. LeMahieu its clavicle. Vote now at WhyAreYouSoEasilyAmused.com.

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Dodger pitcher Zack Greinke’s calf injury Thursday probably removed him from any remaining consideration for pitching in Australia, which dovetails nicely with his disdain for the entire opening-season trip. Then again, Greinke’s history as a fearless speaker precedes him, so if you’re thinking he was chastened by the adverse reaction to his dismissive tone to the games Down Under.

All that said, he is currently thanking his injury for providing the explanation he needs for not bothering with the trip at all.

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And finally, the Russian government has provided Mercedes Benz cars to all its medal-winning athletes (sorry, hockey team, no cars for you). The only way this could have been more acceptable was if each car had a Sochi dog inside it.