Free agent Geoff Jenkins likely to retire

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jenkins headshot.jpgFree agent outfielder Geoff Jenkins hinted Saturday to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he’s likely to retire if he isn’t offered a contract soon.

“There were some calls (in the spring) but they were to go to
Triple-A,” said Jenkins. “That just
wasn’t in my heart.  Part of it is ego but you’ve tasted this life so long. We weren’t asking for the world. We put it out there to everybody.”

Veteran major leaguers rarely go quietly and it can sometimes get ugly at the end.  But Jenkins has to realize that no team would offer him a 25-man roster spot after he failed to register a major league at-bat in 2009 and put up an ugly .246/.301/.392 batting line for the Phillies in ’08.  If he wants to prove that he still has something left in the tank, it will have to be in the minor leagues.  The 35-year-old from Olympia, Washington owns a .275 career batting average and 221 career home runs.

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.