Brad Ausmus Has Been Fired
The Tigers have fired manager Brad Ausmus. Although he will stay on till the end of the season, the team is headed in a new direction in 2018.
According to Al Avila the search will be “extensive and will take some time.” He also said he wants a manger with either big league or minor league managerial experience or someone who has coached at the MLB level.
Inside the Organization:
Even though the Tigers haven’t played well this season, the team does still have some internal candidates that could take over, and Al Avila has said that “Any current coaches who want to be considered for the job will be considered.” That coming from Jason Beck on Twitter.
First guy on the list is a staple in the Tigers clubhouse and coaching staff. Lloyd McClendon was with the Tigers from 2007-2013 as the hitting coach, and is back now in the same roll. McClendon has also been a manager two previous times. He was the manager for Pittsburgh from 2001-2005 and again with Seattle in 2014 and 2015. McClendon also has a connection with many of the vets on the team and may be there choice should Brad Ausmus be let go.
Mike Rojas is on the list because the Tigers placed him as manager of the Mud Hens. Being the guy in charge of the Mud Hens means he has a connection with some of the guys the Tigers will lean on for the rebuild. Rojas was also on staff as the bullpen coach for the Tigers from 2011-13.
Finally, the last in-house guy is Omar Vizquel. Vizquel has been on the staff since 2014. We all know that Omar Visquel had a terrific playing career and he may be ready to take the next step into a manager role. Vizquel also was the manager of team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.
Outside the Organization:
Dave Martinez is the current bench coach for the Cubs. Before being the Cubs’ bench coach, Martinez was also the bench coach for the Rays from 2008-2014. Martinez has been interviewed many times in the past for a managerial gig. Martinez could be the man to turn around the Tigers because he’s learned from Joe Madden, and helped make the Cubs’ and Rays’ respectable.
Chili Davis has been around the game as a coach since 2012. At that time he was the hitting coach for the Athletics and he held that position until the end of 2014 when he took the same position with the Red Sox.
Rob Thomson has been with the Yankees since 1990 and he has served in numerous roles. He was the bench coach in 2008, then he moved to third base from 2009 until 2015 when he moved back to being the bench coach. In 2008 Thomson served as manager for three games when Joe Girardi fell ill. Thomson also has a background as a Tiger being drafted by the team in 1985 and becoming a coach in 1988.
Gabe Kapler has some managing experience. In 2007, he was the Single-A manager for Boston and coached team Israel in 2012. In 2014 Kapler lost out to Dave Roberts to be the next manager of the Dodgers.
Tim Wallach has been a coach since 2004 when he was the hitting coach of the Dodgers. In 2009, Wallach was named the manager for the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple A affiliate of the Dodgers. As manager, he won the Manager of the Year award in the PCL. Wallach interviewed for both the Tigers and Mariners jobs in 2013, but lost out on both. In 2014, he was named the bench coach for the Dodgers, and in 2015 he took the same job with the Marlins.
Next on the list is Ron Gardenhire. Gardenhire was a coach with the Twins from 1991-2001. He then became the manager of the Twins from 2002-2014. Currently Gardenhire is the bench coach for the Diamondbacks
A new Name to the list is Alex Cora. Currently Cora is the bench coach for the Houston Astros. Cora will bring a wealth of knowledge on a rebuild as he and A.J. Hinch turned around the Astros.
Who Else and Where’s Hurdle?
A few other names who fit what the Tigers are looking for are Ozzie Guillen and Ron Washington. Both have experience turning around teams and bring decades of coaching and managerial experience. Clint Hurdel just signed a contract extension and won’t be let go to come manage the Tigers.
As of now the front runners would seem to be Omar Vizquel, Ozzie Guillen, Alex Cora, Gabe Kapler, and Dave Martinez. These five candidates should be at the top of the Tigers’ list.
Each would bring something different, and Tiger fans should be happy with any of them. A major plus is if Ozzie Guillen is hired he will bring a high tempo to the club house and may light a spark with the older players on the team and he would be fun to watch.
The Tigers are a few years off and will be very young next season. The Tigers will need to find a middle ground of rebuild and contend. It’s often not the next guy but the guy after that will have success and sadly for Ausmus, he came after Jim Leyland.
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