Video: Nelson Cruz has a WTF moment re: Joe DiMaggio

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Courtesy of the MLB Network, Craig Gentry gives Nelson Cruz a lesson in Joe DiMaggio’s plate discipline and the differences between eras:

In other news, the ghost of Joe DiMaggio is just as gobsmacked that Nelson Cruz is making $8 million to hit .268.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.