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Must-Click Link: Guess the windups

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Over at Cut4 at MLB.com Gemma Kaneko and Michael Clair have come up with a fantastic way to get through a super slow news day. It’s a quiz. A visual quiz in which they have taken video of a pitcher pitching but blacked-out the pitcher into a silhouette. It’s up to you to guess the pitcher.

It’s not terribly hard. One of them is given away by the silhouette of his hair. You can narrow down the possible choices on a couple by looking at the ballpark and the catcher’s uniform. At least two of them have deliveries that are so distinct that if you DON’T get it, I’m gonna ban you from this site. A couple skew slightly older school, though, and even if you get them all correct it’s a fun exercise.

Good time waster, Michael and Gemma. Kudos.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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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.