41.2 F
Friday, July 10, 2020

Could the Detroit Tigers bench Ron Gardenhire, other coaches?

With COVID-19 still making its way through the United States, professional sports leagues are putting a great deal of thought into how things will look when their seasons begin.

As for America’s favorite pastime, Major League Baseball and the MLBPA finally agreed to a 60-game season, which is expected to begin on July 23, which Spring Training 2.0 (or whatever you want to call it) beginning on July 1.

We have learned that adults over the age of 60 are at higher risk when it comes to COVID-19 and in response to that, the Minnesota Twins have decided that Bob McClure, 68, and Bill Evers, 66, will not be on the coaching staff this year because of health and safety concerns with the coronavirus.

The question is, should the Detroit Tigers go the same route with manager Ron Gardenhire (62) and some of the older coaches on the team, including pitching coach Rick Anderson (63), and bench coach, Lloyd McClendon (60)?

Gardenhire, who has had some health scares, says he is ‘uneasy’ about what lies ahead.

“40 years I’ve been in baseball. Once it gets taken away from you and we had to stop spring training, poof, everybody was gone,” Gardenhire said. “There’s a fellowship in baseball that’s second to none because we play so many games and we’re around each other. You miss those things. Like I said, the biggest thing is health.” 

“I would never want to jump ship from my team,” said Gardenhire. “We’re hopefully going to do everything right as far as protocol goes and keep everybody healthy as best we possibly can. But yeah, I’m definitely a little uneasy about it, just because we got 60 guys coming through a clubhouse and a whole bunch of coaches too. We know how this thing happens, we’ve seen it happen. Hopefully we’ll be able to keep it away from our ballclub.” 

Nation, what do you think the Tigers should do? Should Gardenhire make the decision to stay away from the team?


- Advertisement -
Don Drysdale
I am a fan of all Detroit sports and LOVE to write about them!

Latest news

Media company creates perfect Detroit Lions/Detroit Pistons alternate uniforms [Photo]

Let's face it, the Detroit Lions' current 'Color Rush' uniforms leave MUCH to be desired. The all-gray just looks awful and a change should...
- Advertisement -

NFL executives, players, and coaches don’t believe Lions WR Kenny Golladay a Top 10 WR

On Friday, ESPN released a piece that ranks the Top 10 wide receivers in the league, as voted on by NFL executives, players, and...

Agent: Former Detroit Red Wings great Pavel Datsyuk signs extension

According to Pavel Datsyuk's agent Dan Milstein, the former Detroit Red Wings' great has signed a 1-year extension with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the KHL. Datsyuk,...

Detroit Lions’ rookie RB D’Andre Swift comments on Kerryon Johnson, Matthew Stafford

When the 1st Round of the 2020 NFL Draft concluded, Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn already knew exactly the player he wanted to...

Related news

How Miguel Cabrera dodged the Detroit Tigers’ new hitting coach is pure Miggy

During this past offseason, the Detroit Tigers promoted Joe Vavra from quality control coach to hitting coach, and to say his first season with...

Daniel Norris becomes first Detroit Tiger to admit he tested positive for COVID-19

According to reports, the Detroit Tigers have placed LHP Daniel Norris on the 10-day Injured List. The reason for Norris being placed on the Injured...

Detroit Tigers top pitching prospect Casey Mize strikes out Miguel Cabrera on 3 pitches [Video]

On Thursday, the Detroit Tigers continued their 'Summer Camp' with another intrasquad game and their top pitching prospect Casey Mize took the mound and...

Detroit Tigers release 2021 regular season schedule

The 2020 Major League Baseball season has still not begun but on Thursday, the Detroit Tigers surprised us by releasing their 2021 regular-season schedule. As...