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Welcome to baseball season

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The Cavs and Cubs won titles after being down 3-1 and the Patriots won the Super Bowl after being down by 25 late in the third quarter. The next time you hear a studio talking head bleat on about the need for a team to get out to a quick start, feel free to turn the channel.

That’s about all of the commentary I have from yesterday. I watched the Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl, took a long walk outside and cooked this thing for dinner and can talk pretty intelligently about all of that, but otherwise I’m lost. If you were more engaged with respect to yesterday’s game and still have thoughts and feelings about it, feel free to use this thread to chat. Beyond that, know that:

  • The first official pitcher and catcher report date for 16 of the 30 teams is a week from tomorrow, for another 12 it’s a week from Wednesday and for the final two it’s a week from Thursday;
  • The first spring training games between actual major league teams — as opposed to those exhibitions against college teams some play — is two weeks from Friday;
  • The World Baseball Classic begins on March 6, which is only 28 days away; and
  • Opening Day is only 55 days away.

Winter will soon be over, y’all.

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.