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A’s outfielder Coco Crisp does the Bernie Lean after driving in the game-winning run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th inning of a game in 2012. (Ben Margot/2012 AP)
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At 36, Coco Crisp serves more as a reminder of our own mortality than a reliable outfielder for the A’s.

With a crowded outfield that includes newcomers Khris Davis and Chris Coghlan joining returners Billy Burns and Josh Riddick, there doesn’t seem to be much room for the aging speedster.

Bob Melvin all but confirmed that fact, per Athletics Nation: “At his age, the prudent thing to do is not run him out there every day.”

We’ve seen the last days of Crisp as an everyday starter, but may the spirit of the Bernie Lean last forever.

NOTHING GOLDEN CAN STAY

The fallout from the scandal surrounding the Cal men’s basketball team expanded Sunday when 4-star recruit Tyson Jolly announced his request to be released from his letter of intent. Jolly cited “uncertainty” in the program as his main reason for bailing.

At this point, the No. 1 priority for Cuonzo Martin should be getting someone on campus to develop a time machine.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS?

Don’t expect the Giants to be gunning down many people from the depths of AT&T Park this year.

According to a report using Statcast technology on MLB.com, the team’s outfielders have the lowest throwing velocity in the league by quite a bit. At an average of 84.6 miles per hour on “competitive throws,” San Francisco is a full 10 mph slower than the team with the strongest arms in the league: the Houston Astros.

ADVANTAGE, SERENA

Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore attempted to set back the clock Sunday when he said, “If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank god that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport.”

The CEO of the Southern California tournament was rebuked by arguably the most dominant athlete in the world, Serena Williams. “If I could tell you every day how many people say they don’t watch tennis unless they’re watching myself or my sister, I couldn’t even bring up that number. So I don’t think that’s a very accurate statement.”

Moore has since apologized for his unbelievably dumb statements.

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