Bill Baer

LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Anthony Gose #12 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a photo during the Tigers' photo day on February 28, 2015 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
Brian Blanco/Getty Images

Anthony Gose isn’t helping his own cause, still

15 Comments

The trials and tribulations of Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose have been a hot topic of conversation lately. Gose got into an argument with Triple-A Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon earlier this month, resulting in his being pulled from the game that day and a benching in the second game of a doubleheader. He didn’t show up for his team’s game the next day.

The Tigers’ brass decided to hand down a pseudo-suspension which ran into the All-Star break, and demoted him to Double-A Erie. The organization would’ve been justified in releasing Gose, but it instead allowed him the chance to redeem himself after removing him from a potentially toxic environment.

Gose isn’t taking advantage of that opportunity. Morgan Beard, a sports anchor with JET-TV 24 and FOX 66, reports that Gose has refused to communicate with the media, saying, “I hate all media.” Beard adds that Gose also had “choice words.”

Some in the media think players should always be available to speak to the media. I happen to be one who doesn’t, and I often side with players who receive criticism for doing so. That being said, there’s a way to deny press access without being condescending and rude about it. Gose, if he wasn’t in the mood to speak to reporters, could have simply said, “Let’s talk another time. Right now isn’t a great time for me.”

Gose already has red marks on his record for his disagreement with McClendon. He had a .521 OPS at Triple-A and has just one single in 13 at-bats at Double-A. Across parts of five seasons in the majors, Gose has a .656 OPS. He has some skills, but he’s quickly running out of chances. It’s tough enough to entice a team when you can’t hit, steal bases inefficiently, and run circuitous routes. Add insubordination and conflicts with the media to that equation, and it’ll be tough for him to procure another contract if the Tigers run out of patience.

Trevor Bauer lost his drone and he really wants it back

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 7: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees Progressive Field on July 7, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Jason Miller/Getty Images
6 Comments

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer, you may recall, has a drone. He built it himself and spent some time flying it around the Indians’ spring training facility last year, which resulted in Major League Baseball grounding it.

Bauer was flying the drone recently and got it stuck in a tree. He had some trouble getting it down, as he captured in a series of tweets:

The Indians opened up a three-game series in Kansas City against the Royals on Monday night.

When he hasn’t been flying drones, Bauer has been solid on the mound for the Indians. Initially relegated to bullpen duty, the right-hander has been terrific in his return to the rotation. Overall, he has a 3.36 ERA with a 97/38 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.

Devin Mesoraco underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 05: Devin Mesoraco #39 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on from the dugout against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
3 Comments

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Mesoraco was already out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder back in May. The backstop also had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip last year.

Just more bad luck for Mesoraco, who turned 28 years old last month. He hasn’t been able to complete a full, healthy season since coming into the league in 2011. He broke out in 2014, batting .273/.359/.534 with 25 home runs and 80 RBI in 440 plate appearances, but stepped to the plate only 51 times last year and 55 times this year before being sidelined.

The Reds will continue to go with Tucker Barnhart and Ramon Cabrera behind the plate.