If baseball doesn’t work for Cleveland Indians closer John Axford, then picking winners might work. The Indians signed Axford to a one-year $4.5 million contract, but if they decided to part ways with the 30-year-old; there’s always Vegas.

Axford was watching the Academy Awards closely last night, after making picks on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. After the winners were called and he was at 13 in a row, the Cleveland Indians tweeted:

Make it 13 in a row for @JohnAxford … His teammates are ignoring him in the dugout. #Oscars

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Axford was tweeting as well, “Oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man! Two outs away. 16 for 16. #Oscars

After 12 Years A Slave won best picture he tweeted, “WOW!!!!!!! 18 for 18! #Oscars

The closer is a true movie aficionado. Last year he predicted 14 out of 15 winners at the 2013 Academy Awards.

And for next year? Axford says he’ll up the ante and probably make predictions for all 24 Oscar categories.

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So, what did we learn from this “baseball” story?

  1. If baseball doesn’t work for Axford, betting may work for him.
  2. The Academy Awards should reserve a seat for John Axford.

David Kano is lead MMA writer for TVMix and MMA Show News. Kano will now be covering the sport he first remembers as a child — baseball

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