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Brad Ausmus wants nothing to do with the Marlins

Oct 26, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald the Marlins requested permission from the Padres to speak to special assistant Brad Ausmus about replacing Ozzie Guillen and Ausmus said no thanks.

Ausmus previously took himself out of the running for the Astros job, but went through the interview process with the Red Sox and was clearly interested in managing in Boston.

In Miami? Not so much, which is certainly understandable. Just about everyone seems to think Ausmus will eventually get an opportunity to manage and will probably be pretty good at it, so why take over a last-place team with a meddling ownership that has a long history of firing managers?

  1. indaburg - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Brad Ausmus is a very smart man.

    • Ralph - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Looks like Jeffrey Loria is a HBT reader…and he downvoted you.

      • antifreeze27 - Oct 26, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        I currently see 2 downvotes. David Sampson must have also logged in to downvote right after stepdaddy did.

    • stex52 - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      I agree that anyone smart would not consider that job without a lot more assurances of freedom to do the job than Loria would ever give. But there may be another issue, too. He is very much into raising his kids and the southern California life right now. This was a driving factor when he was a player and finally left the Astros. He was undoubtedly welcome to stay another year or two despite the fact that his hitting was going down. But he wanted to be with his family. Given that he has a home in New England, also, this may explain the Boston interview. But I think he may be interested in limiting opportunities to not too far from where he wants to live (SoCal or New England).

      Just an informed guess.

      • indaburg - Oct 26, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        Assurances of freedom from Loria? I wouldn’t trust anything that came out of Loria’s mouth. I feel for Marlins fans. A good Marlins team is good for Florida baseball, but Loria can’t seem to keep out of his own way.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    It’s amazing that with such few jobs managing MLB clubs- someone would actually turn down an opportunity to even interview for one. Just shows you how poorly people think of the situation in Miami.

    • aarontzach - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      I know, right. As a Twins fan I was really excited to see Mike Redmond interviewing with a team. Excitement quickly turned to disappointment when I realized it was with the Marlins……

    • don444 - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      That’s true for the most part as it is unusual, but someone turning down a chance to interview for a job as a head coach or manager in professional sports is hardly unprecedented even when a guy doesn’t have much experience or none at all. There’s something to be said for gaining high-level interview experience or not wanting to appear like you’re not interesting in leading any team in general, but if the chance of your accepting the position is literally 0%, at least in your mind at the time, then guys will occasionally simply not bother.

  3. DJ MC - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    To make a football reference, the Loria Marlins appear to be turning into the Al Davis Raiders. Young, up-and-coming coaches literally refuse to take the job, despite the chance that it could be their only real chance*.

    *Not that it WOULD be, but could be. Even with Ausmus, he could get stuck on the Kim Ng interview carousel and never be quite good enough to be hired. That’s how bad this job is.

    • Old Gator - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Except that Kim Ng has much more administrative experience that Ausmus. But that’s not the reason why she’s never “quite good enough,” as well all know. And it’s not that she’s missing a vowel, either. Baseball is an obdurate phallocracy and means to stay that way.

      As far as taking the helm of the Feesh, they’ve also come to resemble the Dolphins of a few years back who became a national laughingstock when candidate after candidate declined to interview with them. It’s a scenario already familiar to Macondoans. On one hand, a football team with a well intentioned but inept owner and clueless general manager, and on the other, a petulant, narcissistic, greedy weasel of an owner with a clueless general manager. The Chihuahua, of course, is an administrative mongrel architecture having neither analogue nor precedent in the annals of the lordly antechambers of Beisbol .

  4. don444 - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Everyone seems to think Ausmus will eventually be given the opportunity to manage? Well duh, nothing particularly profound in that. It would be fairly presumptuous if not downright stupid for anyone to assume that he’ll ultimately be the raving success most will expect him to be, but yeah, he’ll be someone’s manager at some point.

  5. willclarkgameface - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Ausmus also knows that Florida baseball sucks.

    • Old Gator - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      The difference between you and Ausmus is that this is one among many things he may believe. On the other hand, it seems to be the only solitary sound byte of which you are capable.

      • willclarkgameface - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        It’s the only soundbite that is relevant when the topics of BASEBALL and FLORIDA are broached.

        Until the Marlins get new ownership that a) actually gives a shit about a team being a team and b) comes up with some kind of magical way to attract fans to that ballpark, the story won’t change. Same for the Rays and trying to get people to watch their ball club in that piece of shit ballpark they use.

        Rays play damn good baseball, no one cares.
        The Marlins simply suck, have a shitty owner, and a brand new ball park and NO ONE CARES.

        Big league baseball shouldn’t be played in that state.

      • Old Gator - Oct 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        You’ve really got me convinced that you must have had a forced dryout after a DUI pullover down here. Nothing much else explains your mindless hostility to our little dystopic paradise in the sunshine. I would point out – despite an underlying sense that any discussion with you is a complete waste of time for reasons having nothing much to do with Florida per se – that despite an awful season that would have embarrassed a Grubs fan, the Feesh ranked 14th in attendance while their market ranks 17th in population. That leaves at least three other markets where, according to whatever you use as a substitute for logic, baseball shouldn’t be played. Why not try fixating on western Missouri, Washington state or maybe Houston for a change. Your pathological preoccupation with Florida has become even more boring than it is predictable.

      • TheBlindUmp - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        Hey, what do you have against Washington State? I hear the high desert is really quite nice (if you like high deserts)! “Substitute for logic”, I’m gonna have to put that one in my back pocket…LOL.

  6. blantoncollier - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Wonder if Jack McKeon is available?

    • Old Gator - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      I dunno. Let’s go look in the fridge.

    • hermitfool - Oct 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Or John McNamara.

  7. icanspeel - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Maybe I shouldn’t be, but I am amazed how quickly things turned for the Marlins. Went from big free agent signins, lots of hype, new stadium and overall general excitement to this.

    • Old Gator - Oct 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      They only seemed to turn quickly if you weren’t familiar with the players who were coming back. Heath Bar was the only real “surprise” of the season, and that in large part due to how a closer gone south is in a position to do a disproportionate share of damage to his being 1/25th of the squad. The Hanster had been going downhill for three years. Tweeter was an obvious mediocrity with a horrible RISP but somehow Teflon Larry and Scrooge McLoria fell in love with him despite his acute cleat-in-mouth disorder. Josh Johnson was coming off major surgery and was a question mark. Ricky Nolasco had never been better than erratic. We already knew that John Buck was a disaster in the making. The Feesh may have overpaid for Buehrle and Rayes but both performed well enough. The signings and spendings were only a mistake because the Feesh notochord trust treated them as the “missing pieces” in the construction of a contender, when in fact there was no potential contender there in the first place.

  8. micker716 - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    The Marlins really should look at hiring Brad Ausmus’ publicist. A pretty good catcher whose post-career resume consists of some “special assistant” work with a losing franchise has become the hot managerial, can’t-miss prospect of the moment. Rumor has Brad Pitt playing Ausmus in the upcoming movie based on Michael Lewis upcoming biography.

  9. rcali - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    I heard he got offered the job over the phone but he had a guy on the other line inquiring about some white walls.

    • onehokiefan - Oct 29, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Yes, kinda like the Marlins postseason………….Plans disappear……..dreams take over.
      But wherever I go, there you (Ozzie) are.

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