Tigers demote Anthony Gose to Double-A after argument with Lloyd McClendon

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On Saturday, during the first game of a doubleheader, outfielder Anthony Gose and Triple-A Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon got into an argument, resulting in Gose being pulled from the game and being benched for game two. Gose didn’t show up for Sunday’s game.

The Tigers’ brass looked into the situation and decided to demote Gose to Double-A Erie, Matthew B. Mowery of The Oakland Press reports. In a statement Tigers GM Al Avila said:

After collectively evaluating the situation in Toledo, we spoke with Anthony and emphasized our organization’s expectations of him. Most importantly, Anthony’s transfer to Erie is a move to give him a fresh start to his overall performance as he works his way back to Detroit.

It wouldn’t have been surprising if the Tigers had decided to release him, as teams typically have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to insubordination. However, the team chose to give him a second chance. It’s good that the club moved Gose, ostensibly temporarily, so that he wouldn’t immediately return to what could be a toxic environment.

Gose has had a rough year, batting .185/.255/.266 with only 11 extra-base hits in 206 plate appearances with the Toledo Mud Hens.