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Bless You Boys Oct 29, 2014

Tigers report card: Robbie Ray wasn't ready for stardom in 2014

This doesn't mean that he won't be an effective pitcher in the future, though. Aside from manager Brad Ausmus, Robbie Ray might have the most thankless job in Detroit. The centerpiece of the trade that sent Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals, Ray is going to be held to a very high standard throughout his Tigers career. Fans will have trouble recognizing his value, even if he puts up more WAR than Fister did in Detroit. So it comes as no surprise that people were unhappy when he failed to exceed expectations in...
Bless You Boys Oct 24, 2014

Brad Ausmus gives a rookie-level answer when asked about bullpen management

There is a lot of unwarranted criticism any manager receives. However it's not all coming from the Joe Rockhead faction that Brad Ausmus intimated in a recent interview. Brad Ausmus had an interesting rookie season as an MLB manager. He had plenty of things go wrong but he had enough talent at his disposal to win the AL Central. He experienced plenty of unexpected things and hopefully learned the ropes. A recent question he answered showed a glimpse into how Ausmus views fan criticism. Does he take it seriously? Let's see: Anthony Fenech (Detroit Free Press): What, if anything, would you...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 15, 2014
Dave Dombrowski expects Jose Iglesias to be starting shortstop for Detroit Tigers in 2015

Dave Dombrowski expects Jose Iglesias to be starting shortstop for Detroit Tigers in 2015

Dombrowski said he thinks Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and his staff deserve to see Iglesias in action first, but that he expects Iglesias to be the starter. DETROIT -- Dave Dombrowski said he didn't want to "anoint" slick-fielding shortstop Jose Iglesias as the starter for the Detroit Tigers in 2015. But he says he believes that Iglesias is talented enough and will be healthy enough to resume the job full-time next year. Dombrowski said he thinks Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and his staff deserve to see Iglesias in action first, but that he expects Iglesias to be...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 14, 2014
Dave Dombrowski: Brad Ausmus did well in first season, 'is only going to get better' as manager

Dave Dombrowski: Brad Ausmus did well in first season, 'is only going to get better' as manager

Some Tigers fans wonder whether the Tigers would have hired someone like Terry Francona if Jim Leyland had retired a year earlier. Or Ron Gardenhire had Leyland retired a year later. But it will be Ausmus at the helm again in 2015. DETROIT -- Dave Dombrowski says Brad Ausmus did a good job in his first year as manager of the Detroit Tigers. But he expects Ausmus to be even better in year No. 2. "He's our manager," Dombrowski said Tuesday afternoon while addressing media members during his annual end-of-the-season press conference. "He's back. And it's a situation...
Bless You Boys Oct 14, 2014

Dave Dombrowski's season-end press conference highlights

Dave Dombrowski met with members of the media to talk about the 2014 season and what the 2015 season might look like. Here are some highlights. On Tuesday afternoon, Tigers' GM Dave Dombrowski met with the press to talk about the end of the 2014 season and what the future might look like in 2015. We'll have more in-depth coverage here later, but for now, these are some of the highlights: DD on Ausmus: "He's our manager. He's back. I think it's a situation he did a fine job with us." — Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) October 14, 2014 DD on Fister trade: "No. I don't regret...
Bless You Boys Oct 13, 2014
Ausmus and staff to return for 2015 season

Ausmus and staff to return for 2015 season

Brad Ausmus' recent interview with Lynn Henning of the Detroit News confirms that the skipper will be back in 2015 Although Dave Dombrowski has not yet conducted his usual end-of-season press conference to wrap up the 2014 season, Lynn Henning of the Detroit News caught up with Brad Ausmus recently and confirmed that the Tigers' rookie manager will indeed be back with the team next season. It was also made clear Sunday by Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers president and general manager, that Ausmus and his coaching staff will be returning intact for 2015. "All are under contracts, so we usually...
Bless You Boys Oct 10, 2014
Tigers 2014 season in review: March and April

Tigers 2014 season in review: March and April

Down memory lane we go to look back at some of the 2014 highlights! When we last left our Motown heroes, they were still trying to plow all of the snow off the field in time for Opening Day to get the 2014 season started. They were largely unsuccessful in this, but crazy fans had already purchased tickets, and so the show marched steadily on into ... March/April The Tigers roared out to a 4-0 start with two walkoff wins and 23 runs in those first four games, leading many to believe that going 162-0 was a distinct possibility. Rookie manager Brad Ausmus won his first couple of replay...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 6, 2014
Analysis: Lack of bench depth plays key role in Detroit Tigers' early playoff exit

Analysis: Lack of bench depth plays key role in Detroit Tigers' early playoff exit

Brad Ausmus didnt have the luxury to call on a big bat late in games, which was made abundantly clear in the ninth inning of Sundays do-or-die Game 3 against the Orioles. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said it time and time again: "What you see is what you get." It's a saying the first-year manager would often use this season to describe the depth of the Tigers' 25-man roster. It meant the names Ausmus penciled in his starting lineup essentially accounted for all the resources he had at his disposal. In other words, the Tigers had a bench, but...
Baltimore Sun Oct 6, 2014

BEHIND ENEMY LINES Quick end is microcosm of season for talented team that never overcame flaws

DETROIT -- The eighth inning came Sunday without any participation from the Tigers’ bullpen — much to the delight of an emotionally brittle baseball town still enraged at the abomination in Baltimore. David Price did his job in Game 3, keeping manager Brad Ausmus from walking out of the dugout and motioning to the bullpen.
MASN Sports Oct 5, 2014

Ausmus on sweep: "You feel like you let the fans down and you feel like you let the organization down" - Orioles Buzz

Ausmus on disappointment of ALDS sweep: "You feel like you let the fans down"

Peter Gammons: The Postseason Bullpen Virus

Joba Chamberlain’s pitch hit Adam Jones in the hand and, be honest, you thought it, we all thought it. Brad Ausmus can’t admit to it, and either can Jeff Jones or Dave Dombrowski or Al Avila, but everyone began thinking “how far off, I sit and wonder.” Then a couple of singles for a bases […]
MASN Sports Oct 4, 2014

Orioles only team able to spell relief in ALDS - School of Roch

If I'm Tigers' bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, I'm pretending that the phone is on vibrate and I never heard it ring. Manager Brad Ausmus may not buy that excuse, but what does Billmeyer have to lose? The Tigers have lost the first two games of the American League Division Series...
MASN Sports Oct 3, 2014

Ausmus after Game 2 loss: "If we have a lead in the eighth inning Sunday, we're going to have to find somebody" - Orioles Buzz

After again watching his bullpen let the Orioles post a big eighth inning to cement a Division Series win, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus didn't know how he'd handle a lead going forward with his club one game away from being...
MASN Sports Oct 2, 2014

Ausmus discusses Tigers' end of 12-3 loss in ALDS Game 1 - Orioles Buzz

Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus' first postseason game as a manager didn't quite go the way he hoped. A tight contest turned into a rout when few miscues in the eighth contributed to an eight-run inning for the Orioles, who handed...
MASN Sports Oct 2, 2014

Waiting on the Division Series roster to be revealed - School of Roch

Orioles manager Buck Showalter must turn in his roster for the American League Division Series by 10 a.m. today. It's pretty much set in his mind, along with a rotation that he's already passed along to Tigers manager Brad Ausmus....

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