File this under Things You Don’t See Very Often. Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd somehow broke his bat despite swinging and missing at Mets starter Jon Niese’s 89 MPH fastball in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game. The stub of the bat remained in Byrd’s hand while the remaining 90 percent of the bat was flung about 70 feet, in between first base and the pitcher’s mound.
Byrd finished 1-for-5 with a solo home run in the Phillies’ 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Mets.
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.