Brad Ausmus hired as new Tigers manager to replace retired Jim Leyland

Brad Ausmus will take over in Detroit for Jim Leyland

11/4/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Blog Photo - Brad Ausmus hired as new Tigers manager to replace retired Jim LeylandThe Detroit Tigers have finished their managerial search and selected former MLB catcher Brad Ausmus to replace the recently retired Jim Leyland.

Ausmus, who recently worked as a special assistant to the Padres GM, has only a few months of managerial experience, when he worked as the manager for Israel's World Baseball Classic team.

The Tigers also interviewed Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and their own hitting coach Lloyd McClendon.

Ausmus emerged as the favorite after he interviewed with the team and was very impressive. according to Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski:
"When we interviewed, we were -- not just me -- taken back at how impressive he was. It really became quite clear for us, that he would do an outstanding job for us. It was probably not where I started, but it's where we ended, and we feel very good about that."

Ausmus understands that he's being put into a unique situation, where the new manager really doesn't have to make a whole lot of changes. Normally when a team changes managers, there's a negative connotation. It usually means something is broke and needs fixing. In this case, it was simply a matter of a manager getting old and deciding to move on with life.

The Tigers were a few plays away from making it to the World Series, and remain one of the most talented teams in baseball. Ausmus realizes that, and will try to build on what Leyland did without making too many waves.
"We're not going to reinvent the wheel here. This is a pretty darn good team. I think I would be foolish to come here and try to make sweeping changes."

Ausmus was a bit of a surprise choice, but it seems like he's pretty cognizant of what his role needs to be, and he should be able to relate to the players pretty well, since he retired only three years ago. We'll see how he does in Detroit.
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