The Mets have asked Mariano Rivera to throw out the first pitch tonight

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I get all the Mariano Rivera love, but this is weird:

 

It’s fun and I don’t care — personally I hope Fred Wilpon was present at the christening of Chipper Jones’ kid Shea — but I feel like there are a lot of Mets fans who are gonna be kinda irked that the guy who is likely going to close out tonight’s Mets loss will be throwing out the first pitch too.

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.