CBS Sports beat writer Mike Axisa is reporting that the Detroit tigers will name Brad Ausmus as the replacement for Jim Leyland. Ausmus a former Tiger catcher, beat out Lloyd McClendon, Rick Renteria and Tim Wallach for the job that was one of the most sought after this off-season.
tigers are hiring brad ausmus as manager, confirmed. 1st reported @AdamSpolane
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 3, 2013
Brad Ausmus’ only managerial experience came as manager of team Israel during the World baseball classic. He was currently serving as an special assistant in the San Diego Padres front office. General Manager Dave Dombrowski said during Jim Leyland’s retirement press conference that prior major league managerial experience would be preferred but not required.
Ausmus was also considered a candidate for Washington Nationals skipper before the club hired Matt Williams.
Because he has so little track record, it is difficult to know whether Ausmus will retain the services of any of the other Detroit Tigers coaches. Dave Dombrowski’s willingness to go outside the current on-field leadership signals that the tigers General Manager may be looking for a change in direction.
Lloyd McClendon also interviewed for the vacant Seattle Mariner’s manager spot and was considered a front-runner. It is likely he will move on from the Detroit Tigers, an organization he spent the last 8 years with.