DETROIT -- Something keeps bringing Brad Ausmus back to Detroit.
On Sunday, the Tigers' two-time former catcher (1996, 1999-2000) returned to the Tigers as the team's new manager.
Ausmus, 44, has no major league managing experience, but he had the endorsement of many people in baseball, including former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, who had dinner with Ausmus at the request of Tigers' president and general manager Dave Dombrowski.
Ausmus had spent the last three seasons as a special assistant to baseball operations for the San Diego Padres.
But there was something about being more closely involved with the game that he missed.
"The truth is when I played, I always enjoyed the cerebral part of the game," Ausmus said. "It was much more difficult to hit. That was the part of the game that I didn't really enjoy. From what Dave tells me, I don't have to hit in this role.
"The thing I've missed most about the game is the players, the guys, being around the clubhouse, ...