With Dave Dombrowski out as general manager, the Tigers front office, with new GM Al Avila, want their own guy to bring a fresh start. Also in the report, owner Mike Ilitch wants a championship to be brought to the city, but he doesn’t think that Ausmus is the guy to do it. Ilitch cited miscommunication with players and mistakes on the field as the reason for the unhappiness.
Ausmus was hired after the 2013 season and had big shoes to fill after the departure of former manager Jim Leyland. Ausmus did lead the Tigers to a 90-72 record and an AL Central title in 2014, his first season, but was quickly ousted from the playoffs.
It is quite amazing that the Tigers were not more competitive in the 2014 postseason with a rotation that included Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and David Price to go along with an offense that included Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.
Then in 2015, it all blew up. Cabrera hit the DL and the Tigers just weren’t getting it done as they were forced to sell Price, Yoenis Cespedes, and Joakim Soria and now sit in the cellar of the AL Central following four straight winning seasons.
Another aspect of the game that Ausmus was criticized for was his management of the bullpen, which is the third-worst in MLB with a 4.70 ERA to go along with base running mistakes and defensive errors.
This is just a report and nothing has been confirmed, but if this is any indication, the Tigers will be looking for a new manager come the 2016 season.