Video: Brad Ausmus melts down after being ejected


The Tigers entered Monday’s game against the last-place Twins with a disappointing 16-21 record. After signing Monday’s starter Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million contract, signing Justin Upton at six years and $132.75 million, and acquiring closer Francisco Rodriguez, the Tigers expected to be quite competitive in an otherwise uninspiring AL Central division. But it didn’t happen, which has led to rumors of firing manager Brad Ausmus.

The Twins were kind enough to spot the Tigers an 8-0 lead after the first inning of Monday night’s game, as Jose Berrios couldn’t finish the inning. The Tigers used four walks, three doubles, two singles, and a homer to put up an eight-spot. But not even that was enough. The Twins would score twice in the second, once in the third, and four times in the fourth to nearly erase the deficit, all against Zimmermann, who entered the start with the American League’s lowest ERA at 1.50.

Understandably, Ausmus was not in a good mood. He let home plate umpire Doug Eddings have it after Nick Castellanos was called out on strikes to end the bottom of the fourth. Ausmus was ejected immediately, then came out and got in Eddings’ face. As the coup de grace, Ausmus removed his sweater and draped it across home plate. It was art, really.

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Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.