The Detroit Tigers have parted ways with pitching coach Chris Bosio, who was hired by the team this offseason, due to “insensitive comments that violated Club policy”, per the team.
The Detroit Tigers today issued the following statement on Chris Bosio. pic.twitter.com/qWo1UxBPd3
— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) June 27, 2018
What exactly Bosio said is anyone’s best guess, but WXYZ ABC 7 in Detroit claimed that the former pitching coach “used racially charged language towards a team employee”. MLB.com also reported that the comments were brought to the team’s attention on Tuesday. He’ll be replaced as pitching coach by bullpen coach Rick Anderson.
Prior to joining the Tigers, Bosio served as the pitching coach with the Chicago Cubs from 2012-2017. This season, the Tigers are 36-44, eight games behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. The pitching staff had a 4.49 ERA under Bosio, which is worse than the MLB average by nearly half a run, but third in the piss-poor Central.
We have no idea what exactly Bosio said, or who he said it to, but given how quickly the Tigers reacted, the team must have felt strongly that what he said could have turned into a major issue had they not disciplined him.