The future of Brad Ausmus and the Detroit Tigers has been a topic of conversation since the season started. In fact, Tigers fans haven’t been shy about calling for his departure.
Tigers trade Justin Upton.
Tigers Trade Justin Verlander.
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However, Jim Leyland has a different perspective. In an interview on the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket, Leyland provided his thoughts on everything from Miguel Cabrera’s performance (his career’s not over yet) to bringing Ausmus back next season.
“I’m hoping that Brad comes back,” Leyland said. “It’s a tough transition and your personal record is going to take a beating…but I think Brad is the perfect guy.”
Keep in mind, Ausmus’ current record in four seasons as the Tigers manager is 310-317. Leyland sites Ausmus’ age, physical condition, and rapport with the players as contributing factors to his support for bringing the Tigers manager back next year.
“I certainly hope that he comes back…that will be a decision that he has to make.”
When it comes down to it, Al Avila has yet to answer the question of Ausmus’ future with the organization. His contract is up at the end of next season, and Brad’s ability to develop the team’s young players could be a major factor in where he ends up.
During the interview, Leyland also remarked on the end of an era as the Tigers started their rebuild, particularly with the trade of Justin Verlander, saying,
”I think they did the right thing, I think they’re making the right move with the hope that we’re going to have a bright future.”
Jim Leyland will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, September 15.