The Detroit Tigers announced Wednesday afternoon that they've fired pitching coach Chris Bosio for what they call "insensitive comments." The club issued a statement on the matter - adding that they'll have no further comment on the situation. The Tigers say that Bosio violated "Club policy" with his comments.
The Tigers also say that Bosio violated his "Uniform Employee Contract."
CLUB STATEMENT ON CHRIS BOSIO
Detroit - The Detroit Tigers today issued the following statement on Chris Bosio:
"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."
At the moment, it's unclear what Bosio said that led to his firing.
Bosio was part of the Chicago Cubs staff from 2012 until last year. He was in his first year with the Tigers. He's also coached for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Milwaukee Brewers. He was a pitcher in the 1980s and 1990s for the Brewers and Seattle Mariners.
Update: Bosio will be replaced by Rick Anderson - the Tigers bullpen coach - for the rest of the season, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY:
Update 2: The comment was reportedly made towards a Tigers employee, according to GM Al Avila. According to WXYZ Detroit, the comment included "racially charged" language.
We'll update this post with more information.