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MLB: Detroit Tigers Hire Brad Ausmus as New Manager
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MLB: Detroit Tigers Hire Brad Ausmus as New Manager

Nov 3 2013, 7:08pm CST | by

The Detroit Tigers hired one of its former catchers, Brad Ausmus, to be their new manager on Sunday.

Brad Ausmus is the new manager of the Detroit Tigers.  This was confirmed by no less than the team's official website, which also says the hiring comes just three years after Ausmus retired from the...

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MLB: Detroit Tigers Hire Brad Ausmus as New Manager

Nov 3 2013, 7:08pm CST | by

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The Detroit Tigers hired one of its former catchers, Brad Ausmus, to be their new manager on Sunday.

Brad Ausmus is the new manager of the Detroit Tigers

This was confirmed by no less than the team's official website, which also says the hiring comes just three years after Ausmus retired from the majors. It is also his first time to manage a baseball team, either in the minor or major league levels. 

The only managerial experience he has was with Team Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. In spite of this, he has been a top candidate for other open positions, namely with the Chicago Cubs. He was also interviewed for the Washington Nationals managerial job which eventually went to Matt Williams.  

Ausmus couldn't hide his excitement.

"This is a very exciting opportunity for me. I'm well aware that you don't generally get dropped into an opportunity with the team like the Detroit Tigers.

"This is a winning franchise. Year in and year out, they're competing. I think I should be held to that standard as well."

Ausmus, who becomes the 37th manager in franchise history, was given a three-year deal with a club option for a fourth year. Terms of the contract were not divulged, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press

For his part, Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski is all praises for his new manager. 

"Anyone I talked to or our people talked to, any time Brad's name came up, they were effusive with praise. It kept coming back that this guy was born to manage many years ago...Extremely intelligent and yet could communicate with everyone.

"Frankly, when we interviewed, we were taken aback at how impressive he was." 

Ausmus will sport No. 7, which he used when he first played for the Tigers in 1996. He said he will retain bench coach Gene Lamont but did not indicate whether pitching coach Jeff Jones will return. Dombrowski gave Ausmus the freedom to hire the coaching staff he wants. 

As a player, Ausmus had two stints in Detroit -- in 1996 and from 1999-2000. As a catcher, he won three Gold Gloves from 2001-2006. 

He is back in Detroit to replace Jim Leyland, who resigned on Oct. 21 after eight seasons with the Tigers. 

Now, Ausmus gets a chance to carry on a winning tradition in the Motor City as evidenced by a three-year run in the ALCS. The Tigers made it to the World Series in 2006 and 2012, only to lose on both occasions to the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, respectively. 

 


 
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