Tigers fire pitching coach Chris Bosio over 'insensitive comments'

The Detroit Tigers abruptly fired pitching coach Chris Bosio on Wednesday, saying the former big leaguer violated club policy with "his insensitive comments."

Here is the full release from the club:

"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."

There have been no reports to what Bosio said, though multiple reports said general manager Al Avila said the comments were directed at a team employee. The Tigers are scheduled to host the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

Sports anchor Brad Galli of Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV tweeted that Bosio "used racist language toward a team employee."

Chris Bosio through his MLB career
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Chris Bosio through his MLB career
BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 15: Chris Bosio #29 of the Milwaukee Brewers before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on July 1, 1992 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 1: Chris Bosio #29 of the Milwaukee Brewers before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on July 1, 1995 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 15: Seattle Mariners pitcher Chris Bosio reacts after giving up a double to Eddie Murray of the Cleveland Indians in the sixth inning of game five of the American League Championship Series at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio 15 October. Bosio gave up a two-run homer to the next batter, Jim Thome, to give the Indians a 3-2 lead. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read BRIAN BAHR/AFP/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 13: Pitching Coach Chris Bosio of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays talks with Pitcher Jesus Colome #49 after Colome gave up a walk to Carlos Guillen of the Seattle Mariners during the game on July 13, 2003 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Devil Rays 13-2. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -JUNE 8: Chicago Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio watches as his team plays the Minnesota Twins during the interleague game on June 8, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins won 8-7. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL- JUNE 21: Pitching coach Chris Bosio #25 of the Chicago Cubs (R) congratulates starting pitcher Matt Garza #22 after the Cubs defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 at Wrigley Field on June 21, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
04 July 2014: Chicago Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio (25) in action against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. where the Chicago Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals, 7-2. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 8: Tsuyoshi Wada #67 of the Chicago Cubs listens to pitching coach Chris Bosio prior to making his first start before the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 8, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 14: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs with pitching coach Chris Bosio #25 before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on May 14, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Pitching Coach Chris Bosio #29 of the Detroit Tigers looks on during Spring Training workouts at the TigerTown Facility on February 14, 2018 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 20: Chris Bosio #29 of the Detroit Tigers walks through the dugout during the ninth inning of game one of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on April 20, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Royals 3-2 in 10 innings. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire added Bosio to his staff prior this season, Gardenhire's first in charge in Detroit. The Tigers currently rank 22nd in the majors in team ERA.

Bosio, 55, spent 11 seasons in the majors, going 94-93 with a 3.69 ERA with Milwaukee and Seattle. His last season was 1996. His most successful run as a coach was with the Chicago Cubs, where he served as pitching coach from 2012-17, serving on the World Series winning 2016 squad.

--Field Level Media

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