Is letting Brad Ausmus go the right move for the Tigers?


Is letting Brad Ausmus go the right move for the Tigers?

In Detroit, on Sept 22, 2017, manager of Detroit Tigers, Brad Ausmus spoke against the Minnesota Twins before a baseball game to the media.

Brad Ausmus will not be back in the Tiger's dugout next season.

The Tigers are 62-91 on the season and are in the midst of a comprehensive rebuild.

Ausmus said he told Avila he completely understood and said if he had been offered a new contract he likely would not have accepted since he too believes the team must start over completely, with a new voice directing them.

Ausmus was 312-325 over almost four full seasons, including a Central Division title in his first year.

He was hired prior to the 2014 season, taking over from Jim Leyland who had managed the team since 2006. According to Avila, per MLB.com, Ausmus will finish out the season, the previous year of the deal that he signed with the Tigers when he took over as skipper in 2013. Injuries and poor bullpens have been the biggest problem, but clearly this Tigers team was supposed to win more over the past four years. Since the Tigers were first to announce their managerial change, Detroit will have a head start looking for Ausmus' replacement; though it is still uncertain which candidates will become the new Tigers manager. He will continue to serve as Detroit's skipper through the end of the season. Detroit won the American League Central in 2014, but it was swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the AL Division Series. The Tigers finished last in the AL Central in 2015. Right-hander Michael Fulmer was solid this year after winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2016, and third baseman Jeimer Candelario has hit well since coming to the organization in a July trade.

Expectations for Ausmus were high from the get-go. "I wish Al the best".