CBS Sports dot com is reporting that Brad Ausmus will replace Jim Leyland as the Tigers manager.
The Tigers will name former big league catcher Brad Ausmus their new manager, reports Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610. He will travel to Detroit on Sunday to finalize a contract.
Ausmus, 44, has never managed or coached at the big league level. He served as the manager for Team Israel in the qualifying rounds of the World Baseball Classic this spring. Ausmus has worked in the Padres’ front office as a special assistant since 2010.
Despite the lack of managerial experience, Ausmus is widely regarded for his baseball acumen and leadership skills. He has been considered a future manager since his playing days and recently interviewed for the Cubs’ vacant managerial seat.
Ausmus played 18 years in the majors, including three with the Tigers (1996, 1999-2000). He was a defense-first catcher who won three Gold Gloves (2001-02, 2006) and made one All-Star Team (1999).
I was hoping the Tigers would hire former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. But it doesn’t seem like he was even being considered. That being said, based on who the Tigers were interviewing, I’m glad they chose Ausmus.
Catchers seem to make good managers.
Let’s hope Ausmus can help end the 30 year World Series drought.
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