C.J. Wilson told Fresno, California’s ABC affiliate that he is retiring from baseball to pursue car racing and car sales on a full time basis. Wilson owns a racing team and recently purchased a BMW, Audi and Porsche dealership in Fresno.
Wilson, 36, pitched for 11 seasons for the Rangers and the Angels, winning 94 games and losing 70 while posting an ERA of 3.74. He was a two-time All-Star. 2016 was the final year of the five-year, $77.5 million contract the Angels gave him. He missed all of it, however, due to shoulder problems, and was a free agent.
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.