The Detroit Tigers will not renew Brad Ausmus’ contract after the 2017 season. General Manager Al Avila announced Friday that Ausmus was informed on Thursday that his contract will not be extended.
After being with the team for four seasons, Ausmus managed the Tigers to the second worst record in the American League. They head to Friday night’s game against the Twins with a 62-91 record. This wasn’t always the case. In Ausmus’ first year as manager of the Tigers in 2014, they held a record of 90-72 and won the AL Central title. This was the only year the Tigers made it to the postseason with Ausmus.
In his four seasons with the Tigers, Ausmus holds a record of 312-325 (.490). The decision to not extend his contract comes as a reaction to the lack of winning the Tigers are doing and the amount of valuable players that have been traded away. The Tigers have traded away big-name players like Alex Avila and Justin Wilson to the Chicago Cubs, J.D. Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Justin Upton to the L.A. Angels, and Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros.
Asumus played 18 seasons in the Major Leagues as a catcher and played for the Tigers in 1996 and 1999-2000. His 312 victories as a manager are the 11th most by a Tigers manager, and his 325 losses are the ninth most by a Tigers manager. He is also one of nine managers in franchise history to take the Tigers to the postseason.
It’s reported that Ausmus wouldn’t have accepted an extension to his contract if he had been given one. He thinks “the Tigers need a new voice.” Ausmus said, “the fact that we didn’t win, I’ll shoulder that. I’m the manager, I’m the leader. I’ll take the blame.” Ausmus’ composure in this ordeal is winning him points with some fans. However, most fans are celebrating the departure of Brad Ausmus.
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