Remember back in May how Mike Rizzo went after Cole Hamels, calling his plunking of Bryce Harper “chickens**t,” “classless,” and “gutless?” Well, that anonymous GM who ripped him to Bob Nightengale today is getting a dose of that now too:
Rizzo referred to the unnamed aspect of the comments as “chicken (bleep).” Rizzo, a Chicagoan, also said, “That’s not how we do things in my neighborhood … “Who knows, maybe the came from an executive on a team that lost 120 games.”
No word, at present, if they are also “fake tough.”
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.