You’re not going to believe this, but Hideki Matsui is apparently being followed by a throng of Japanese reporters in Angels’ camp. Here’s an AP photo from Tempe:
I have a rare talent: I can read the lips of people speaking another language from still pictures when their backs are turned to me. The guy with the red sunglasses in the lower right-hand corner is asking Matsui what he thought of Matsui’s World Series performance and whether he’d like to have a player like Hideki Matsui in his lineup.
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.