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Tigers hire Brad Ausmus to replace Jim Leyland

Nov 3, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT

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As first reported by Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610 in Houston and then later confirmed by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers have selected former major league catcher Brad Ausmus to be their next manager. The deal will be finalized on Sunday.

Ausmus had been serving as a special assistant in the Padres’ front office. He was the manager for Team Israel during 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifying but otherwise carries no managerial experience at any level of MLB-affiliated ball.

Ausmus, 44, was also in the running for the Cubs, Mariners and Nationals — before the Nationals hired Matt Williams.

Jim Leyland stepped down last month after a highly successful eight-year run in Detroit.

The Tigers considered their current hitting coach, Llyod McClendon, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria and Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach before settling on Ausmus.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Wow, I’m glad I didn’t place any bets on who was to be named next manager of the Tigers. This was way out of left field.. or behind home plate. (…sorry)

    • fusionix7 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      Considering that most oddsmaker’s had Ausmus as the favorite to get the job it’s no where close to being out of left field.

  2. normcash - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    You never know how things will work out, but I like this pick. Ausmus is very bright, knows the game thoroughly. As a former catcher, he should mesh with the Tigers’ greatest strength—their starting
    pitching. Having been a player with the team (three times!), he knows the area too. This is a pretty bold move for Dave Dombrowski—with a veteran team like the Tigers, the safe move would have
    been somebody like Wallach or McClendon. Mike Matheny’s success shows that prior managerial
    experience is overrated….

    • John Henson - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      They’re going to need someone bright. They’ll need someone who can get some additional help in the lineup and stop this dependence on Miggy.

      • normcash - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        BTW, Ausmus did a long interview last year on the “Fresh Air” program on NPR.
        If you go to the NPR website and type his name in the search box, it should come up.
        It’s a fascinating interview and I highly recommend it

  3. Reflex - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Very good choice, I can’t wait to see Historio weigh in, but I think this was a risk well worth taking. Should also do good things for maintaining the pitching we saw this past season.

  4. cohnjusack - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    The Tigers continue MLB’s new tradition of hiring former great-fielding, no-hit catchers to replace legendary old managers.

    Ron Karkovice will be taking over Bruce Bochy’s job any day now….

  5. bender4700 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    I like it! Young, up and comer. Could be in Detroit a long time. Hard to make a splash hire in baseball, but this is a good way to get some people excited.

  6. 3kittymama - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    No managerial experience at any level??? Eeeeewww. Baltimore had that experience with Dave Tremblay. While Dave is a wonderful guy, his lack of experience at managing a baseball team really showed. I hope that doesn’t happen with Brad. Detroit has a great team, but will they be leading themselves?

  7. mmason0071 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Gee, I thought he was still playing.

  8. allday420ap - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    B-rad Ausmosis Jones

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  10. pastabelly - Nov 3, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Out of left field? Wasn’t he the back up plan to Farrell for the Red Sox last year at this time?

  11. harvupdyke - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Too bad Coach Saban wasn’t available. He’d take those Tigers to a ring & leave the cupboard stocked for the following.

    Roll dam tide.

    • raysfan1 - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Most Alabama fans I know don’t want to acknowledge the existence of a criminal jerk like Harvey Updike being among them, but you choose his name for your handle. Interesting.

  12. pdubbs77 - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Dave Trembley actually had about 20 years of coaching AND managing experience in affiliated Minor League Baseball before becoming a coach on the Orioles MLB staff. He was then hired as Manager on interim basis when Sam Perlozzo was let go. He really was in a no win situation in Baltimore

  13. sfm073 - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    I would say mike matheny proves that managers are overrated. He hasn’t been good with in game management at all.

  14. hehateme1 - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Horrible decision. The tigers have the pieces to win now. Why go with someone that is still young enough to play and has no experience. Disappointed.

    • stex52 - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Leyland had all the experience you could ever want. Maybe young will work better.

  15. hehateme1 - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Is he going to play too? Is that why the tigers got rid of their backup catcher??

  16. beelza - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Lotta big ego’s in that clubhouse and the new guy doesn’t have a lick of big league experience. Mean Gene being kept as bench coach is effectively a hedge against disaster and a babysitter-that dynamic leaves me suspicious of the confidence that DD has in his selection.

  17. indaburg - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I like this move. The manager’s role is generally overstated in most cases, both bad and good. As long as he can handle personalities, answer media questions, and not get in the way (in other words, don’t be a Bobby Valentine), the Tigers could do much worse than hiring the young, intelligent, and articulate former catcher.

    • stex52 - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      I go with you, Indy. It’s a gamble for Ausmus. But if you want to talk egos, remember he caught a pitching staff that featured Clemens, Oswalt and Pettitte. Egos don’t get much bigger than that, and they all liked him.

      He is bright, articulate, knows the game and has played with some big name players. Why not give him a chance?

  18. dondada10 - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    All great managers were young at some point. Good luck, Ausmus.

  19. bender4700 - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Considering he was a candidate for every open position should say something. Baseball guys know something about him and his potential.

  20. dinkydow - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Don’t like this move. You’ve got a team that was a good setup man and a decent closer away from being in the WS this year and you put the burden of getting there again on an inexperienced manager. The Tigers don’t need to train a manager on the job. They need one who’s been there before.

  21. yournuts - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Probably the best move and best manager prospectin the game today. Young, smart and has a great knowledge of the game. It’s nice to see fresh young blood managing baseball. He has been groomed for this job.

  22. Minoring In Baseball - Nov 3, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I got a good vibe from the press conference with Ausmus. No reason to be anything but positive going into next season. I like the idea, too, of having a possible long term manager at the helm if he keeps the winning tradition.

  23. ezwriter69 - Nov 3, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    What a shock, another fat white guy with ZERO experience who couldn’t play a lick gets his first managerial job at the big league level. Of course, there have been tons of black and hispanic guys get that same chance… oh wait, no… exactly never.. but then, most of the players are white so it makes total sense… oh wait, no…. never mind.

    • gerwinke1985 - Nov 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      You’ve got serious issues

  24. xdj511 - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I guess competition to manage team Israel in the next WBC is going to be fierce.

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