12:36 AM EST, Tue February 21, 2017
Grand Rapids Press 6 hours ago
A relaxed Steven Moya not stressing over future as he enters critical spring

A relaxed Steven Moya not stressing over future as he enters critical spring

Im not focusing on that Im out of options, or whatever, he said. Just play. Thats the only thing I can control. Im going to do my best and let God take the wheel. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has weighed in with his opinion: Outfielder Steven Moya will not get through waivers. If that's the case, he could be wearing another uniform on Opening Day. Moya, 25, who has been in the organization since signing as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic, doesn't want to think about that. "I try to dodge all...
Grand Rapids Press 9 hours ago
Tigers spring training notebook: Joe Jimenez gets tips from Victor Martinez after live BP

Tigers spring training notebook: Joe Jimenez gets tips from Victor Martinez after live BP

Youd be surprised how often players are more willing to listen to their teammates than coaches, Ausmus said. LAKELAND, Fla. -- As Joe Jimenez threw a live batting practice on Monday, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus watched carefully from behind the cage. One of the batters, Victor Martinez, was watching, too. Afterwards, they compared notes: Jimenez needed to do a better job of disguising his slider. "Victor saw the same thing that I saw," Ausmus said.  Catchers often chat with the pitcher after a live BP or bullpen session, but hitters can be an...
Grand Rapids Press 18 hours ago
Brad Ausmus taps into tradition as Tigers hone in on last chance together

Brad Ausmus taps into tradition as Tigers hone in on last chance together

The Tigers could break up their veteran-heavy roster soon, but not before taking one last stab at a crown, with some past greats who have worn it watching over them. This is an opinion piece by MLive.com columnist David Mayo. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Brad Ausmus may be the smartest man in almost any room he enters but he doesn't have a pep talk that will carry until the season-opening game. Mid-February managerial speeches focus on long-term principles and creating identity, big-picture foundations which big-leaguers can embrace during the day-to-day grind. What the...
Scout Feb 18, 2017

2017 Detroit Tigers Roster Preview

With spring training underway, it’s time to once again take a look at the players that are projected to start the season on the Opening Day roster, and those that will be competing for a spot. Brad Ausmus will have some tough decisions to make as he sorts out center field, deals with pressure to keep prospects out of options, and sorts out a crowded bullpen.
Grand Rapids Press Feb 18, 2017
Straight talk from Brad Ausmus about Tigers' defense, base-running

Straight talk from Brad Ausmus about Tigers' defense, base-running

If someone thinks that were going to turn Victor Martinez into a base-stealing threat, theyre off their rocker. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- It will happen soon enough.  An outfield error will cost the Tigers the lead. Or Victor Martinez will be unable to advance from first to third on a ball hit to the wall.  Or the Tigers will get five hits in an inning but score only one run because the base paths are clogged with slow-footed runners. "Everybody wants to talk about, 'What are you going to do about base running?'" manager Brad Ausmus said...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 17, 2017
Anthony Gose arrives in Lakeland as long shot in crowded CF race

Anthony Gose arrives in Lakeland as long shot in crowded CF race

I like Anthony a lot, Brad Ausmus said. I want to see him be successful. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Even if Anthony Gose has at times tested the patience of the Detroit Tigers organization, manager Brad Ausmus is still in his corner. "I like Anthony a lot," Ausmus said. "I want to see him be successful." Gose arrived at Tiger Town on Friday as a non-roster invitee and probably at least fifth in the pecking order for the team's vacant center field job. It's a far cry from 2015, when Gose played 140 games for the Tigers in an everyday role. Last year's frustrations have...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 17, 2017
Tigers spring training notebook: Focus on small improvements on base paths

Tigers spring training notebook: Focus on small improvements on base paths

A roundup of all the news, notes, photos and video from Friday at Tiger Town. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus recently asked one of the team's analytics staffer about how the team could improve its outfield defense. "Have faster players," the unnamed staffer replied. Defense and base running will be points of emphasis this spring, as they have the last three, but the Tigers are constrained by the way the team was built. The Tigers will never be a great base-running team, Ausmus said, but there is room to make small...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 16, 2017
Watch 7 Tigers bullpen sessions -- and find out what Brad Ausmus is looking for

Watch 7 Tigers bullpen sessions -- and find out what Brad Ausmus is looking for

Some guys that have been here have made adjustments, new grips on certain pitches, he said. So Im looking to see what the action on a new grip would be. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Every day this week, a group of pitchers and catchers line up and fire off 25 to 40 pitches in the large bullpen beyond the fence of a practice field in Tiger Town. When a mound comes available, another pitcher steps up. Roughly a dozen or so Tigers per day go through the routine. So what is Tigers manager Brad Ausmus looking for as he observes the routine? "Some...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 16, 2017
Tigers spring training notebook: Brad Ausmus tuning out critics

Tigers spring training notebook: Brad Ausmus tuning out critics

When you win, youre supposed to. When you lose, its my fault, he said. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the most important thing he's learned through three full seasons as a big-league manager is to ignore outside critics and keep an internal focus. "You learn to not listen a lot of things that are being said and happening around you," he said. "Continue to care less and less what other people think and more and more what's happening with your players and your team. Not media-wise, just in general." Ausmus...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 15, 2017
Alex Avila, now backing up James McCann, ready to embrace new role

Alex Avila, now backing up James McCann, ready to embrace new role

McCann started 96 games out of 141 he was on the active roster in 2016 (he spent three weeks in April on the disabled list), or 68 percent of the time. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers lost a starting center fielder and a backup catcher during the offseason. On the first topic, manager Brad Ausmus has offered no hints and has said the competition is wide open. At catcher, however, he was more explicit. Alex Avila was brought in to back up James McCann, not replace him. "Now that could change as the season goes on, obviously,...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 15, 2017
Tigers spring training notebook: K-Rod still on his way

Tigers spring training notebook: K-Rod still on his way

A Venezuelan newspaper reported this morning that Francisco Rodriguez was yet again experiencing visa issues -- for the fourth season in a row, no less. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- It's probably way too early to be fretting about 25-man roster, but Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus did offer one clue to the roster's composition. Ausmus said it's likely the team will use a 12-man pitching staff -- five starters and seven relievers. That would leave room for a four-man bench. That's fairly standard, although the Tigers did use a three-man bench...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 14, 2017
Brad Ausmus looks like he could still play based on spring training drills

Brad Ausmus looks like he could still play based on spring training drills

The Tigers manager added another position to his repertoire on Tuesday, serving as the first baseman during pitcher drills. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was a catcher during his 18 seasons in the major leagues, but he frequently throws batting practice during the season. He added another position to his repertoire on Tuesday, serving as the first baseman during pitcher drills. Pitchers and catchers participated in their first official workout on Tuesday at Tiger Town. For pitchers who weren't scheduled for a...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 14, 2017
Tigers spring training notebook: Almost perfect attendance on Day 1

Tigers spring training notebook: Almost perfect attendance on Day 1

Veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez was the only player absent for the first official workout for pitchers and catchers on Tuesday. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez was the only player absent for the first official workout for pitchers and catchers on Tuesday at the Tiger Town complex. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he wasn't aware of any visa issues that were delaying Rodriguez and expected that he would arrive by Wednesday. All other pitchers and catchers were accounted for. Many position players were also in the...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 28, 2017
Q&A with Lloyd McClendon: Tigers new hitting coach will focus on 2-strike approach

Q&A with Lloyd McClendon: Tigers new hitting coach will focus on 2-strike approach

If Miguel Cabrera can do it, then everybody can do it, McClendon said of developing a modified approach with two strikes. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said the hitting coach is often the hardest-working man in baseball, arriving before everyone else to work with whoever needs help, whenever they need help. Told of this assessment, Lloyd McClendon nodded with smile.  "It's the worst job in all of baseball," he said. "Other than managing." McClendon, 58, is embarking on the first season of his second stint as Tigers hitting coach. He...
Rotoworld Jan 22, 2017

JaCoby Jones likely to begin 2017 in minors - JaCoby Jones (3B) Detroit Tigers

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said in an interview Saturday at TigerFest that he thinks JaCoby Jones could use a little more time to develop.

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