(DETROIT, MI) – Detroit Tigers bullpen coach Rick Anderson has been promoted by the club after the firing of pitching coach Chris Bosio. In just his first season with the team, the Carmichael, CA, native was yesterday let go by the Tigers after a report of Bosio, 55, making “insensitive comments” to a club employee.
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. – Detroit Tigers statement
It is unknown exactly what Bosio said or to whom. Television station WXYZ Channel 7 has reported that the comments were racial in nature.
General Manager Al Avila will not be looking to replace Bosio and the Tigers field manager, Ron Gardenhire, will rearrange current coaching staff to cover off the firing. Taking over for the rest of the season as pitching coach will be Anderson, who held that position for Gardenhire in Minnesota.
Anderson pitched three years in the major leagues for the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, compiling a 4-4 record and 4.75 ERA.
The pitching coach for the Tigers AAA affiliate the Toledo Mud Hens, Jeff Pico, will replace Anderson as bullpen coach at the major league level, next week.