November 03, 2013

Brad Ausmus Is Your New Detroit Tigers Manager: Former Tigers catcher Brad Ausmus has never been a manager — in the major leagues or the minor leagues. But all signs pointed this morning that Ausmus would become the Tigers’ next skipper.

posted by NoMich to baseball at 08:23 AM - 4 comments

Thank god they didn't hire Dusty Baker.

I was holding out a faint hope that Tony LaRussa would decide to give it one last hurrah but it looks like that was not meant to be.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:26 PM on November 03

Hopefully, Ausmus will motivate the Tigers in ways that Leyland did not, or maybe could not.

Like YYM, I was quietly pushing for LaRussa. But I knew there was as much chance as Bill Cowher coming to manage MLB.

posted by roberts at 06:33 AM on November 04

Remember that whole "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach?"

Worst career OPS+, minimum 7000 PA:


Rk Player OPS+ PA From To
1 Alfredo Griffin 67 7331 1976 1993
2 Ozzie Guillen 69 7133 1985 2000
3 Larry Bowa 71 9109 1970 1985
4 Roy McMillan 72 7653 1951 1966
5 Don Kessinger 73 8530 1964 1979
6 Brad Ausmus 75 7102 1993 2010
7 Aurelio Rodriguez 76 7085 1967 1983
8 Royce Clayton 78 8164 1991 2007

Provided by View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/4/2013.

Please note that #2, #3, #4, #5, and now #6 are/were MLB managers after their playing careers were done.

(tip of the baseball cap to a commenter on for pointing this out)

posted by grum@work at 09:29 AM on November 04

One theory about the marginal players tending to become managers is that since they get to ride the bench and spend a lot of time watching, they learn a lot about how to run a game. Catchers seem to be particularly good at this. They know about handling pitching. They are the only player on the field who is looking at the other 8 on defense, have the responsibility of not only calling the pitch and location of the pitch, but also making sure the location will result in a ball in play into the teeth of the defense. A reserve catcher is quite likely to understand the game quite well.

posted by Howard_T at 05:57 PM on November 04

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