More National League teams are at least toying with the idea of batting the pitcher in the No. 8 spot.
Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein says the team is totally fine with Major League Baseball checking into whether there was anything improper about the way it hired new manager Joe Maddon.
He went on to say “that’s a shot and a beer, that’s the Hazelton way.”
It has always seemed unlikely the Tigers would ditch Ausmus following just one season, especially since Detroit won its division again.
Maddon is always ahead of the curve, never behind it. The classic example is how he position his fielders. It’s changed the game, and he was the leader on that front.
Detroit, of course, already has a manager in Brad Ausmus, a longtime major league catcher who now has one year of managing under his belt.
On the surface Leyland and Maddon would be hard-pressed to appear more different, but the records of Detroit (31-26) and Tampa Bay (32-26) are nearly identical.
It’s no secret that Rays skipper Joe Maddon is out there.