The Red Sox and Yankees could meet in London in 2018

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The Boston Herald is reporting that the Yankees and Red Sox could meet in London in 2018.

Talk of regular season baseball games in London has been circulating for some time now, but the Herald quotes Yankees president Randy Levine saying that he’s “hopeful and confident” that an agreement to that effect will be made soon.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement commits the players and owners to more international games, with London being specified by name. There has been past talk of the Mets going there and they very well might. Major League Baseball, of course, would love to have two of its marquee teams, the Yankees and Sox, make the trip as well.

I would like to volunteer as a broadcaster. From my audition reel:

  • “Oi! Betts nicked second offa Tanakar, innit?!”
  • “Farrell is out to get Kimbrel, who hasn’t retired a batsman. Not surprising. He’s pitched for three straight days and has bugger all today, mates. He’s absolutely knackered!”
  • “Looka that chav on his mobile, not payin’ proper attention to the match!”
  • “Bases loaded, right, count’s full. Price is really in Barney! Wot! Wot’s all this, then?! Fastball on the corner catches Castro lookin’! Girardi doesn’t like that call and he’s out for some argy-bargy! Price is right chuffed, but you can tell by his look that even he thinks that call was as bent as a nine-bob note!”

Seriously, call me, MLB. Put me on the air. My commentary would be blinding.

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.