By: Will Burchfield
If this is how things end for Anthony Gose in the Tigers’ organization, he may go down as one of the team’s worst acquisitions ever.READ MORE: Firefighter From Michigan Battling Wildfire In Oregon Dies After Being Struck By Tree, Officials Say
Gose, who has been struggling mightily at Triple-A Toledo since being demoted from the big leagues in mid May, was removed from the Mud Hens’ game on Saturday for a lack of effort and then sent home after a dugout spat with manager Lloyd McClendon. On Sunday, he failed to show up to the ballpark for the team’s game. The Tigers’ brass is expected to rule on Gose’s future with the organization sometime today.
The Tigers acquired the outfielder in 2014 in exchange for second baseman Devon Travis. Having shown a quick bat and terrific range through three seasons with the Blue Jays, Detroit was betting on Gose to become their center-fielder of the future.READ MORE: Police Seek Suspect After Man Riding Bicycle Fatally Shot In Detroit
Things have hardly gone according to plan.
While Gose has been nothing but a strikeout-prone afterthought in his time as a Tiger, Travis has become a terrific everyday second baseman for Toronto. Given Gose’s latest act, it’s fair to say Detroit traded a potential All-Star for a petulant bust.
In 50 games with the Mud Hens this season, Gose is hitting .185 with 75 strikeouts. He has been passed on the Tigers’ depth chart by Cameron Maybin and Jacoby Jones – who committed a baseball sin of his own last weekend – and quite possibly the recently-signed Alex Presley. Whether or not the Tigers part ways with Gose, he’s already played his way out of their future plans.MORE NEWS: 3 Arrested After Firing Shots At Officers, Leading Them On High-Speed Chase Ending In Allen Park
But a complete dismissal from the organization would be further salt in the wound of a failed investment.