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Brad Ausmus makes a good impression

Dec 11, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT


And no, this is not a continued riff on my managerial handsomeness rankings. I mean, yes, the guy is an absolute dreamboat, but I actually sat through his press availability here at the Winter Meetings a few minutes ago and I cam away impressed for baseball reasons as well.

It’s hard to put a finger on it, but it mostly falls under the category of cliche avoidance. He’s new, so a lot of the questions he was asked were about managerial philosophy and big picture things like, how do you plan to approach bullpen usage and defensive shifts. How do you plan to approach clubhouse things. Stuff like that. A lot of it are subjects that lend themselves to cliches, and boy have I heard a lot of cliches when these topics have come up at the past five Winter Meetings.

But Ausmus pretty steadfastly avoided them. He answered direct questions with direct answers. When he didn’t know the answer or hadn’t thought about the topic yet, he said he didn’t know or hadn’t thought about it yet. But most of his answers suggested a guy who has thought pretty deeply about things and has no problem sharing his thoughts about it.

Maybe he’ll get into the habit of cliche as he’s in the job longer. But I’m optimistic he won’t. Just saying I like the cut of his jib on the first impression.

  1. xjokerz - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    ” The only person i can say who has a starting job right now is Miguel Cabrera ”

    he should fit in just fine.

  2. meatcarroll - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:49 PM


  3. chacochicken - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    ” I’d just like to say, Mr. Dombrowski, please stop trading away my good players.”

    • xjokerz - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      what do you mean… you mean you didnt like us trading Fister for a bag of balls and a toilet scrubber?

  4. historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Craig, did you at least ask if he was going with the uni or jersey or what?

    • chacochicken - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      No, he asked him his favorite baby boy and girl names.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Mrs. Ausome better watch her back. Craig’s liable to go all Anna Benson on her to get Brad-baby.

      • stex52 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Guy went to Dartmouth. He’s pretty damn smart, as anyone who watched him catch can attest. Teammates used to get freaked out because he read books on road trips. He may work some improvements into the managerial patter. We’ll see.

  5. nymets4ever - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Uh…Craig? This is officially getting creepy.

  6. Minoring In Baseball - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    He’s made a good impression on Tiger fans so far. It looks like he and DD will be building Detroit with a different type of offense, one that is more suitable for Comerica Park. As for the bullpen, he really can’t do a worse job.

  7. Detroit Michael - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Another recap of Ausmus’ comments is at although I didn’t find anything particular illuminating there beyond what Craig wrote.

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