The Detroit Tigers recently have hired Ron Gardenhire as their new manager, and now are reportedly set to hire their new pitching coach as well. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported that former Chicago Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio was “in the mix” for the position, but Tony Paul of the Detroit News was first to report that the job was his.
— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) October 28, 2017
Bosio was hired by the Cubs in 2012, where Chicago would go on to 101 games. Since then, he’s been credited as a major reason as to why the Cubs rebuild has been as successful as it has been. Bosio was credited with marketing short-term assets such as Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza, and more.
Under his watch, Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks have seen immense success. Arrieta went on to win the 2015 Cy Young award, while Hendricks was the 2016 ERA Leader and finished in the top three of the Cy Young voting.
Bosio became a free agent when the Cubs declined his option, and now heads to Detroit, where they are ready to undergo a rebuild of their own. Detroit contains a number of young arms in the system such as Michael Fulmer, Matt Manning, Alex Faedo, and Jario Labourt.
Bosio, an experienced coach, is just the kind of veteran that these young arms need for now, and in the future. It will be interesting to see if Bosio can replicate his Cubs success with the Tigers.
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