The worst baseball writing of the year

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For your reading, um, enjoyment (?) Rob Neyer picks out what he feels is the worst baseball writing of the year.

I think we highlighted all of those nominees when they occurred, but man, I still can’t believe they actually occurred.  Especially that Nick Canepa one about Yasmani Grandal’s PED suspension. That was maybe the worst thing I’ve seen in a couple of years, mostly for just how overwrought it is for a relatively pedestrian event.

Kinda bummed I wasn’t nominated, but there’s always next year.

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.