Mike Maroth retired in January after unsuccessfully trying to make it back to the majors following various arm surgeries and the Tigers have hired him as their new Single-A pitching coach.
Maroth last pitched in the majors in 2007, but he’s still just 34 years old and spent all but a couple months of his six-season career with the Tigers, going 50-67 with a 5.05 ERA in 918 innings.
He replaces Joe Coleman, who was let go after coaching the Lakeland staff to the ninth-best ERA in the 12-team Florida State League.
Maroth is best known for losing 21 games in 2003, but for the most part the lefty was a solid back-of-the-rotation starter for the Tigers despite a fastball that topped out in the high-80s.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz hasn’t pitched in a week due to soreness in his left forearm. He threw a bullpen on Thursday afternoon and said, “I definitely feel like I can maybe help (as a reliever in the playoffs,” as ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports.
The Red Sox clinched the AL East on Wednesday, so they don’t need to rush Pomeranz along. And using him out of the bullpen might ultimately be best as he regressed quite a bit after coming to Boston from San Diego in July. In 13 starts with the Red Sox, Pomeranz has a 4.68 ERA with a 69/24 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings.
Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz have been throwing the ball quite well as of late. Paired with Rick Porcello and David Price, the Red Sox still have the depth to be menacing in the postseason.