Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has finalized his decision making process of selecting a new skipper by naming former major league catcher Brad Ausmus as the new manager for the Detroit franchise.
Ausmus, who played two stints with the Tigers during his 18-year career, is only 44-years-old and has never managed or even coached at any minor or major league level.
Signing a three-year contract with a club option for 2017, Ausmus takes over for 68-year-old Jim Leyland, which in turn brings a total different end of the spectrum, going from old warrior to extremely wet behind the ear. But despite his lack of experience in coaching terms, Ausmus had several people in Major League Baseball backing him up, including Tony La Russa and his former battery mate Todd Jones.
Dombrowski explains, “”It really became quite clear for me, for us, that he would do an outstanding job for us. It was probably not where I started, but it’s where we ended, and I feel very good about that. You...