Tigers interview Ausmus for managerial job
Brad Ausmus has neither managed nor coached in the big leagues in three seasons since his 18-year playing career ended. On Monday, he was at Comerica Park talking about why his first shot should be managing the three-time American League Central champions, a team that had to debate whether falling two wins shy of the World Series constituted a disappointing season.
The fact that the Tigers were listening says a lot about how highly Ausmus is considered among potential managers.
The Tigers made Ausmus the third candidate to interview for their managerial opening on Monday, starting a new week to their search for Jim Leyland’s successor with a new-style candidate. The team interviewed Ausmus after receiving permission from the San Diego Padres, where Ausmus works as a special assistant in baseball operations.
“I enjoyed meeting and discussing the Tigers with Dave and his staff,” Ausmus replied in a text message. “I felt like it went well.”