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:
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.
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.