Phillies Former Prospect Anthony Gose Goes Rogue

Mar 19, 2015; Melbourne, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose (12) prior to the game against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 19, 2015; Melbourne, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose (12) prior to the game against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports /
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A key piece to the Phillies Roy Oswalt trade MIA at game time

Detroit Tigers prospect Anthony Gose failed to appear for the second-half of the Toledo Mud Hens’ double-header Saturday after getting into an argument with manager Lloyd McClendon, according to local reports.

The 25-year-old outfielder and McClendon got into a verbal altercation during the third inning, prompting McClendon to remove Gose from the game.

While the reasoning for the argument is unknown, some have speculated it being related towards a play in which Gose did not call off the center fielder on an easy fly ball, which fell out of the reach of the diving center fielder and resulted in a triple.

Gose’s locker was empty after the game, and he did not report back to the  field later that evening for the second game.

McClendon, who has managed the Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners, would not discuss the nature of the argument. The Tigers organization says they are evaluating the situation, and whether or not to issue any disciplinary actions.

Anthony Gose was once a top prospect in the Phillies farm system. An outfield bat working his way up the ranks, Gose was expected to be a member of the Phillies outfield of the future after being drafted in the second round back in 2008.

Unfortunately for Gose, Ruben Amaro Jr. traded him, along with J.A. Happ and Jonathan Villar, to the Houston Astros for veteran pitcher Roy Oswalt prior to the 2010 trade deadline. The young outfielder had 110 hits, including 11 triples, in 103 games with the Clearwater Threshers prior to the trade.

Houston immediately flipped Gose to Toronto for first baseman Brett Wallace.

Despite being named the 39th best prospect in baseball prior to 2012, Anthony Gose has seen limited success in the majors. In his three seasons with the Blue Jays, he hit .234 with only 35 extra-base hits.

The Detroit Tigers took a chance on Gose after the 2014 season, sending minor league second baseman Devon Travis to Toronto. Despite starting most of 2015 in center field for Detroit, and making the 2016 Opening Day starting line-up, he was demoted after 30 games with a .209 batting average.

Gose was hitting .185 for the Toledo Mud Hens prior to his outbreak with McClendon.

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