Ryan Sheriff is a lefty in the Cardinals system. He’s 26 and hasn’t hit the bigs yet. He’s a non-roster invitee to big league camp, hoping to make an impression. He will, in all likelihood, be playing in Memphis to begin the season. That’s better than a lot places a ballplayer can be in March, but he’s still on the margin.
Being a marginal player, he’s also watching his dimes. He lives in in condo a couple of miles from the Cardinals spring training facility in Jupiter. He walks there every day and walks back home again. He walks to the store and to restaurants too.
Or at least he did until Adam Wainwright rented a car for him, all expenses paid.
Check out the feel-good story from Derrick Goold of the Post-Disptach.
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.