The Detroit Tigers have fired pitching coach Chris Bosio for making “insensitive comments,” that violated team policy, the organization announced Wednesday. Bosio, 55, is a former MLB pitcher who was in his first season with the Tigers. He joined new manager Ron Gardenhire’s staff in the off-season.
Bosio made racist comments, WXYZ-TV reports. He has not issued a statement.
Here’s what you need to know about Chris Bosio:
1. The Tigers Did Not Reveal What Bosio Said to Get Fired, but the Comments Were Directed at a Team Employee
The Detroit Tigers did not reveal in their press release what Chris Bosio said to get fired.
“Effective immediately, the Detroit Tigers have terminated the contract of pitching coach Chris Bosio for his insensitive comments that violated Club policy and his Uniform Employee Contract. The organization holds all of our personnel to the highest standards of personal conduct both on and off the field. We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior. The Club will have no further comment on this matter,” the statement said.
According to CBS Sports, the comments were directed toward a team employee. No other details have been made public.
Bullpen coach Rick Anderson will serve as pitching coach for the remainder of the 2018 season.
2. He Is a California Native & Pitched at Sacramento City College
Bosio was born April 3, 1963, in Carmichael, California. He attended Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova and then pitched at Sacramento State College. The Brewers drafted Bosio in the second round of the 1982 MLB Draft.
3. Bosio Played for the Brewers & Mariners During a 10-Year MLB Career
Chris Bosio had a 10-year career in the major leagues before getting into coaching. He made his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1986 and played there until 1992. He became a free agent after that season and signed with the Seattle Mariners, where he played until his retirement in 1996. Bosio threw a no-hitter on April 22, 1993, against the Boston Red Sox.
During his MLB career, Bosio compiled a record of 94 wins and 93 losses, with a 3.96 ERA and 1,059 strikeouts.
4. He Began His Coaching Career in the Mariners Organization & Was Hired as Lou Pinella’s Pitching Coach in Tampa in 2003
After his retirement, Bosio began coaching in the Mariners organization in 1998. He was a special assignment pitching coach from 1998 to 2001, and then was the pitching coach for the Tacoma Rainiers in the Triple A.
Bosio was hired by Tampa Bay manager Lou Pinella in 2003 to be his pitching coach. But he left baseball in 2003 for family health reasons and moved with his family to Appleton, Wisconsin. He spent time coaching at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and at Lawrence University, before returning to pro baseball in 2008 with the Cincinnati Red organization. He was the Milwuakee Brewers pitching coach on an interim basis in 2009 and then became an advance scout
5. Bosio Was Fired by the Cubs in 2017 After Six Years With the Team
Bosio helped lead the Chicago Cubs to a World Series in 2016. He was hired by new team president Theo Epstein in 2012. Bosio was fired after the 2017 season.
When asked why he was being fired, manager Joe Maddon and Epstein told reporters they needed a “new voice,” which Chicago Tribune columnist Paul Sullivan said was baseball code for, “none of your business.”
Source: Heavy Sports