Jim Leyland had a good run as Tigers manager.
When a team hires a new manager, there are always so many storylines and sub-plots that fill up reporters notebooks or, I guess Twitter feeds these days.
Ausmus, who played in the majors for 18 seasons, managed Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic but has never coached or managed in the minors or the majors.
The suggested names to replace Jim Leyland are coming fast. For the people who crossed their fingers with reptilian excitement to the point where their phones auto complete “Fire Leyland” at the touch of the letter F–they seem stunned.
They’ll put odds on anything from The Oscars to “Survivor” to the Super Bowl coin toss to who will be the next Tigers manager.
“There’s a lot of guys that could manage this team, but are they really the right guy for this team? There’s a difference.”
“I think the biggest thing for the next manager … don’t come in and try to force yourself on anybody,” Leyland continued. “Just let things flow.”
“Maybe he just didn’t know what else to say,” Leyland said about Fielder. “I think he was embarrassed by his performance. He probably didn’t handle it as good as he could have handled it … I just hope that they give the guy the benefit of the doubt.”
“He wasn’t going to be shut down,” Dombrowski said.
Leyland joined the team in 2006. Prior to his arrival, the team had not made the postseason in 18 years.