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.
“There is not one thing that has changed from the Detroit Tigers perspective,” Dombrowski said.
“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.”
It has always seemed unlikely the Tigers would ditch Ausmus following just one season, especially since Detroit won its division again.
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.
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.
In his career, Cruz is 11 for 25 against Scherzer, giving him a .440 batting average against the Detroit ace.
“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.
To be sure, the Tigers are happy to be a lock for the playoffs, but they want the division, not the wild card.
“It’s a little weak that they would hit him,” Ausmus said. “If they injure Victor there and we’re in the playoff hunt, that’s bad news.”