Ausmus to manage, Lamont bench coach
As we wait for the press conference at Comerica Park, here’s what we know so far:
- Brad Ausmus will be introduced as the 38th manager in Tigers history today. Though Ausmus was originally thought to be flying in today, word is he was in Detroit earlier this weekend to finish up the deal.
- Gene Lamont will be retained as the bench coach. Ausmus and Lamont are close friends dating back to Lamont’s days in Jimy Williams’ staff in Houston, and Lamont gives Ausmus an experienced voice on the bench to help the transition.
- No word yet on the other coaches, but Jeff Jones appears likely to remain as the pitching coach. He’s from Michigan, he has the trust of the front office, and he provides continuity for a pitching staff that had the best rotation in the American League this past season. Just as important, he has kept most of the Tigers’ critical arms off the surgical table despite three extended postseason runs.
Still waiting to hear about the rest of the coaching staff. Word is Lloyd McClendon is still talking with the Mariners about their managerial position. If he doesn’t get the Seattle job, somebody would have to get a read on what the level of comfort is for a former managerial candidate being on the staff of the guy who won the job.