The New York press admits that the Yankees may be better with A-Rod

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The article you thought you’d never see in the New York tabloids: A-Rod, Clutch God!

But for now we have to admit that the Yankees with Rodriguez this
season have been something very different than the Yankees without him.
More often than not, A-Rod’s moments have meant something in the
standings.

OK, that’s a bit deceiving, because the rest of the article catalogs —
unfairly as usual — all of the tired arguments the New York press has
deployed against Rodriguez. He beats up on losing teams. He gets big
hits when it doesn’t matter. He wilts when it does. He’s probably not
the Antichrist, but he plays bridge with him once a week. You know the
drill.

But this article actually acknowledges that the Yankees are better
with Alex Rodriguez than without him, and that represents progress.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.