TORONTO – One day, after former Detroit Tigers coach Chris Bosio insisted that his dismissal resulted from a misunderstanding, his former boss strongly backed the team's decision to dismiss him.
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said he believes the organization has handled the matter appropriately.
Tigers General Manager Al Avila said that Bosio was fired because he had sent insensitive comments to a member of the team. The Athletic reported on Friday that after a game Bosio called an African-American clubhouse attendant a "monkey" in the locker room of coaches.
Bosio claimed in an interview with USA Today that the clubhouse attendant overheard a conversation he referred to. Tigers need Daniel Stumpf as the "spider monkey". Stumpf, who is white, told The Free Press that he does not know this nickname .
Gardenhire spoke widely about the theme on Friday before the Tigers opened a series of four games against the Toronto Blue Jays, reaffirming its support for Avila's decision.
"I think that was a reality check for everyone, hey, we will not stand for it anymore," said Gardenhire. "We have to get that out of life and our systems and treat each other respectfully, that's what happened and it's probably overdue and there's more to be done, so the tigers did what they had to do, which is very important."
Gardenhire said the last time he spoke to Bosio was Tuesday night when Avila asked him about the incident in his office. Bosio was informed of his release when he reported to work the following afternoon.
"I have not talked to him since," said Gardenhire. "I think the Tigers have handled it very well so far, I think that's a very serious situation and it affects a lot of people."
Gardenhire said he advises the players that the shooting would be on the news they would get questions about it.
"We told them, 'It's going to be very busy here and you have to stay focused,' said Gardenhire. "It's not easy, I know it's tough for all players, everyone is talking about it, it's not going to be just one thing overnight, but we can not control all that, all we can control is the baseball games and how we prepare for it. "
Gardenhire said he told players to be cautious when making public comments about the shooting because they did not have all the information Avila used for his decision.
Gardenhire said he does not expect the team to split among pro-Bosio players and others. The fact that new pitch coach Rick Anderson is familiar with the staff of his time as a Bull Coach makes the transition easier.
"I'm sure it could happen, but I think the guys out there trust the staff we have." Gardenhire said. "I do not think that's going to happen (the players) understand we need to keep playing, we can not do anything about this other problem, we can only try to win baseball games."
"I do not feel (discord), I do not feel it, but yes, there was a distraction here because of everything that went around, we try to keep it in baseball, obviously this is more than baseball. and the organization has done that, there's still some rhetoric coming back and we hear it and we have to get past it, that's all we're talking about, that's all we can do. "
Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez said he avoided reading about the shootings.
"I do not know much about what happened," he said, "Obviously it hurt us a bit because he was a good pitching coach and he helped everyone here, it's tough on the team and the jugs and we have to keep going and I think (Rick Anderson) will do a great job. "
Tigers starter Matthew Boyd said the team was not affected by the distractions.
"There are things you can not control, you control what you control," he said. "It does not matter as soon as you cross the white line, it's unfortunate, but that's the way it works dress today and go out and work. "