Monday’s game was dangerously close to a “Very Bad Loss” for the Tigers. They jumped out to a quick 8-0 first inning lead over the Twins, but Minnesota clawed their way back and tied the game 8-8 when J.D. Martinez dropped a fly ball in the seventh. Nick Castellanos and Martinez then hit homers to give Detroit a 10-8 win (box score).
In the fourth inning of Monday’s game, as the Twins were chipping away at their deficit, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was ejected for arguing a called strike three against Castellanos. He went on a big tirade and covered the mound with his sweater.
Pretty good, pretty good. Not the best manager’s tirade we’ve seen, but let’s give Ausmus credit for creativity. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a manager cover the plate with his sweatshirt. I’ve seen them cover the plate with dirt and throw their sweatshirt, but not cover it with the sweatshirt.
Oh, and about that called strike three Castellanos, PitchFX shows it was indeed off the plate.
I can’t blame Ausmus for losing it. The Tigers are struggling and there have been a lot of questions about his job security. It’s a stressful time.
Danny Amendola must’ve really wanted to remain in New England, because the pay cut he took to stick with the Patriots wasn’t any ordinary pay cut. It didn’t involve a simple change in the formula to convert his salary into incentives. It didn’t require him to accept just a little less cash to hang around as one of Tom Brady’s most trusted weapons.
As Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reported Tuesday morning, the pay cut Amendola accepted was massive. To be specific, Amendola lost out on $4.4 million, all for the opportunity to be a Patriot.
On Tuesday, the B-Mets announced the six finalists for their new nickname. They are all classic silly minor league team names. Check them out:
Bullheads: A local inhabitant of the Susquehanna River, a Bullhead is a bullhead catfish. The bullhead displays a tough and resilient character such as the Binghamton community.
According to Volin, the most money Amendola can make in 2016 is $1.6 million. He also said goodbye to any incentive opportunities — one year after earning more than $500,000 thanks to his reception total.
Under his old deal, Amendola’s base salary in 2016 would’ve been worth $5 million alone (along with the opportunity to earn more money due to incentives). He could’ve brought in up to $6 million. So, this actually means Amendola took a more significant pay cut than he did last offseason, when he lost out on $2.3 million.