When Dave Dombrowski started interviewing applicants for the Manager job and the only experienced Manager he interviewed was Lloyd McClendon I was concerned.
And now that they have hired Brad Ausmus, which is my what the heck moment of the month, I am freaking out a little.
The only experience Brad Ausmus has as a manager is as the manager of Israel in the World Baseball Classic, and they are handing him the reins to a World Series favorite like I said my what the heck moment. He also played for Detroit in 1996 and then again from 1999 to 2000, as a catcher.
If they support him, unlike they supported Alan Trammell, he should do ok. With their win now policy right now their decisions should be to build the best team possible. I am hoping that includes Brad Ausmus hiring someone who has Major League Managerial experience as his bench coach.
I liked Brad when he was our catcher and other catchers have made good managers most recently Mike Matheny and Joe Girardi, so hopefully this works out.
This is Dave Dombrowski’s last hurrah if this blows up in his face he will not survive to choose another manager. I give him credit for his boldness though it is an extreme risk with high reward. I am betting on high reward, and think it was a good decision to hire Brad Ausmus as the next manager.