Brad Ausmus

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Boston Red Sox hits a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals  at Kauffman Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

EXCLUSIVE: Brad Ausmus Gives Insight On How Cespedes Trade Happened [VIDEO]

“We were up late but it was worth it.”

97.1 The Ticket–12/11/2014

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14:  Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus #7 watches the action from the dugout during the fourth inning of the game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on September 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Indians 6-4.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Brad Ausmus: ‘I Think Our Biggest Strength Is Our Starting Pitching’ [VIDEO]

It’s only December but at the baseball winter meetings it’s rather difficult not to think about the upcoming baseball season and how things with the Tigers will shake out.

97.1 The Ticket–12/10/2014

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 30: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers throws to the Chicago White Sox in the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field on August 30, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)

Dombrowski Calls Report About Scherzer Inaccurate

“There is not one thing that has changed from the Detroit Tigers perspective,” Dombrowski said.

97.1 The Ticket–12/09/2014

(credit: George Fox/CBS Detroit)

Former Mets GM Steve Phillips: ‘This Offseason Isn’t Close To Being Done For Tigers’

“I don’t bet against Dave Dombrowski ever, I believe that the Tigers can and will be the team to beat in the central this year but they have a little work to do this offseason.”

97.1 The Ticket–12/09/2014

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 2:  Joe Maddon #70 of the Tampa Bay Rays waves to the fans as he leaves the field after the Rays defeated the Cleveland Indians Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Report: Leyland Says Tigers Not Interested In Maddon

It has always seemed unlikely the Tigers would ditch Ausmus following just one season, especially since Detroit won its division again.

CBS Detroit–10/25/2014

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 28: Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Tampa Bay Rays comes to the mound for a pitching change during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians on September 28, 2014 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Rays 7-2. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Caputo: 3 Reasons The Tigers Should Seriously Consider Joe Maddon As Manager

Maddon is always ahead of the curve, never behind it. The classic example is how he position his fielders. It’s changed the game, and he was the leader on that front.

97.1 The Ticket–10/24/2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 3:  Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on from the dugout during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 3, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Tigers Fans On Twitter Clamor For Detroit To Hire Joe Maddon

Detroit, of course, already has a manager in Brad Ausmus, a longtime major league catcher who now has one year of managing under his belt.

CBS Detroit–10/24/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers  pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning on September 20, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Scherzer Confident As Tigers Prepare To Face Orioles In ALDS

In his career, Cruz is 11 for 25 against Scherzer, giving him a .440 batting average against the Detroit ace.

CBS Detroit–10/01/2014

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 28:  Joe Nathan #36 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates a win over the Minnesota Twins and a Central Division Championship at Comerica Park on September 28, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Twins 3-0.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Ausmus Explains Why He Sticks With Nathan At Closer Rather Than Soria

“If you have a guy who can pitch the seventh, the eighth and the ninth, that’s a lot more secure than having a guy who can just pitch the eighth and the ninth,” Ausmus continued.

CBS Detroit–10/01/2014

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 13:  Right fielder Torii Hunter #48 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by pitcher Joba Chamberlain #44 after making a diving catch on a fly ball hit by Yan Gomes of the Cleveland Indians for the third out of the eighth inning at Comerica Park on September 13, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Elated To Be In Playoffs, Optimistic Torii Hunter Says: ‘It’ll Be Nice To Kind Of Clinch At Home’

To be sure, the Tigers are happy to be a lock for the playoffs, but they want the division, not the wild card.

CBS Detroit–09/25/2014

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