The A-Rod supporters are laying it on a tad thick

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From outside the A-Rod hearing, Day Two:

Rodriguez arrived in a black SUV with lawyer Joseph Tacopina at approximately 9:30 a.m. ET. He thanked the supporters in Spanish before heading inside. The supporters held signs that read “Randy Levine is the Devil” and “No Justice No Peace.”

I feel like A-Rod got a bum deal and that his suspension is too severe. But really, I’m gonna save my “you are the devil” signs for people who actually work evil in ways that matter to the public and my “No Justice No Peace” signs for injustice that actually imperils the peace.

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.