Nyjer Morgan's appeal pushed back; Pat Listach suspended

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Nyjer Morgan was supposed to have the appeal to his last suspension heard on Tuesday.  Bill Ladson is reporting that that Major League Baseball has bumped it back to next Friday, however. I guess the giant paddle with which they plan to spank him isn’t back from the woodworking shop yet.

In other news, Morgan’s valet and manager, Mr. Fuji, er, I mean Nats’ third base coach Pat Listach was suspended three games today for doing the uncoachmanslike thing of jumping on Chris Volstad during the fight.  Of course, Ladson characterizes his role as “going into the pile trying to protect Morgan.”

You say “tomato,” I say “the Nats’ talking points, devised in a vain attempt to keep Listach from getting suspended.”

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.