11:12 AM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
Grand Rapids Press 2 hours ago
Column: As Detroit Tigers slump again, manager Brad Ausmus hears from everyone

Column: As Detroit Tigers slump again, manager Brad Ausmus hears from everyone

The Tigers have lost four straight, but remain in first place in the American League Central. DETROIT - Some rookie baseball managers wouldn’t feel comfortable with their immediate and successful predecessor sitting at the end of the dugout bench during batting practice. But it didn’t bother Brad Ausmus of the Detroit Tigers when Jim Leyland showed up prior to Tuesday night’s game with the White Sox at Comerica Park. “He’s always fun to have around,” Ausmus said. “I just saw him last homestand.” At that time of night, everything was still fun....
Jack White set to toss first pitch

Jack White set to toss first pitch

In the day off between playing a pair of concerts in his hometown, Detroit native Jack White was scheduled to throw out the first pitch before Tuesday’s game, but according to reports, was rebuffed in a request to have Miguel Cabrera stand in the batter’s box when he did so. “I don’t really have a feeling either way on it,” manager Brad Ausmus said of the request. “Depends on how hard he’s going to throw the ball. If he throws 95 (mph), then I don’t want Miggy standing there, but we might want to sign him.” It took a minute for Ausmus to even register who the celebrity...
Grand Rapids Press 17 hours ago
Brad Ausmus: Miguel Cabrera hitting fourth due to success Rajai Davis has against Sox starter

Brad Ausmus: Miguel Cabrera hitting fourth due to success Rajai Davis has against Sox starter

Someone suggested to Cabrera that there might be more runners on base this way. Yes, please, Cabrera said. DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera has batted in the cleanup spot a handful of times this season. But tonight will be the first time he does it in a home game. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has Cabrera batting cleanup Tuesday night in the series opener against the Chicago White Sox. But that change has more to do with Rajai Davis than it does Cabrera, according to Ausmus. "That has more to do with Raj has kind of done against Quintana," Ausmus said. "It's more...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 28, 2014
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus explains decision to remove Rick Porcello after striking out side in 7th

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus explains decision to remove Rick Porcello after striking out side in 7th

Its certainly fair to question why Tigers manager Brad Ausmus lifted Rick Porcello when he did, given how dominate Porcello looked after striking out the side in the seventh inning. -- RELATED: Austin Jackson's mental blunder allows key run to score, proves costly in Detroit Tigers' 2-1 loss (video) ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Let's get one thing straight: Detroit didn't lose Sunday because Tigers manager Brad Ausmus pulled Rick Porcello after seven innings. That's a scapegoat. The Tigers dropped a third straight Sunday because their offense managed just three hits and...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 27, 2014
Analysis: Detroit Tigers, Brad Ausmus fall victim to glaring problem with MLB's instant replay system

Analysis: Detroit Tigers, Brad Ausmus fall victim to glaring problem with MLB's instant replay system

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was fired up when he charged from the dugout Saturday night. And for good reason. A rule, it appeared, had been broken. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was fired up when he charged from the dugout Saturday night. And for good reason. A rule, it appeared, had been broken. The question in play occurred with one out in the third when Angels starter Matt Shoemaker attempted to pick off shortstop Eugenio Suarez at first base. First-base umpire Jim Joyce's call on the field was safe, and it appeared the next play had been...
Detroit Free Press Jul 27, 2014

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus ejected after instant replay overturned call

Alas, another Tigers' argument with first-base umpire Jim Joyce.
Detroit News Jul 26, 2014

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus implodes, is ejected after Angels are allowed to review a call

Ausmus was tossed from Saturday night's game against the Angels after he challenged a replay ruling that went against the Tigers in the second inning of a contest at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Replay hasn't reduced umpire arguments, manager ejections — just ask Tigers' Brad Ausmus

Replay hasn't reduced umpire arguments, manager ejections — just ask Tigers' Brad Ausmus

The assumption, naturally, was that the implementation of expanded instant replay would put to bed the old — and amusing — occurrence of Major League Baseball managers giving an earful to umpires, before getting ejected. The numbers, however, have not borne out that theory. In fact, the ejection numbers — including the second ejection of the season for Brad Ausmus Saturday evening — are up from a year ago. “Someone said there’s actually been more ejections of managers this year than in the past,” Ausmus said last week. “I don’t know if that’s changed since that was brought...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 26, 2014
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus ejected for second time in managerial career after arguing replay ruling

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus ejected for second time in managerial career after arguing replay ruling

Ausmus was tossed in the third inning Saturday night in Anaheim after a replay call was challenged by Angels manager Mike Scoscia and later overturned. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For just the second time in his managerial career, Brad Ausmus has been ejected from a game. Ausmus was tossed in the third inning Saturday night in Anaheim after arguing an overturned call after being challenged by Angels manager Mike Scioscia. The play in question occurred with one out in the third inning when Angels starter Matt Shoemaker attempted to pick off shortstop Eugenio Suarez at...
Detroit News Jul 25, 2014

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus goes by the book, but not during the season

The Tigers manager said reading is, for him, like it is for so many people. It happens in spurts. And those spurts tended to occur more before he began work last November as the team's skipper. Ausmus said most of his time on team charter flights is spent researching statistics and data about other teams: their tendencies, their performance histories, their records against his players and pitchers, etc.
Grand Rapids Press Jul 25, 2014
Joakim Soria's arrival changes how Detroit Tigers will use relievers Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque

Joakim Soria's arrival changes how Detroit Tigers will use relievers Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque

The arrival of Joakim Soria wont change how Brad Ausmus will use Joba Chamberlain or Joe Nathan. But it will have an immediate impact on how hell use a few other relievers. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The arrival of Joakim Soria won't change how Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will use Joba Chamberlain or Joe Nathan. At least for now. But it will have an immediate impact on how Ausmus will use a few other relievers. Ausmus confirmed Thursday that Soria will mostly be used as the Tigers' primary setup man in the seventh inning -- a spot that was previously filled by a trio of...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 24, 2014
Detroit Tigers' Joakim Soria could be used as closer on occassion, but will mostly be used in 7th inning

Detroit Tigers' Joakim Soria could be used as closer on occassion, but will mostly be used in 7th inning

A day after the Tigers pulled off a blockbuster trade by acquiring Soria, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus revealed how he planned to manage the bullpen in the late innings. ANAHEIM, California -- Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan isn't moving anywhere. Neither is setup man Joba Chamberlain, manager Brad Ausmus revealed Thursday. So where exactly does newly acquired reliever Joakim Soria fit in the back end of the Tigers' bullpen? "I talked to Joakim about pitching in the seventh (inning)," Ausmus told a group of reporters at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. "He could pitch...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 24, 2014
Analysis: Desperate to avoid meldown, Detroit Tigers turn to Mr. Consistency Joba Chamberlain once again

Analysis: Desperate to avoid meldown, Detroit Tigers turn to Mr. Consistency Joba Chamberlain once again

On the heels of a tough-to-swallow loss that saw Detroits relievers implode, Brad Ausmus wasnt about to watch his teams late-inning lead slip away for a second straight game. Detroit Tigers' Joba Chamberlain throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning on Wednesday in Phoenix.AP Photo  PHOENIX -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus took a lot of heat from fans on Tuesday for the way he managed the team's bullpen late in the game. Now it's time to pat him on the back for what he did Wednesday. On the heels of a tough-to-swallow loss that saw...
Detroit Free Press Jul 23, 2014

Tigers manager Ausmus gives Hunter the day off today

Hunter, 39, has been on a tear this month, batting .364 with five home runs, 21 RBIs and a 1.068 OPS.
Grand Rapids Press Jul 23, 2014
Brad Ausmus considered pinch-hitting for Alex Avila late in game, turns page after tough loss in Arizona

Brad Ausmus considered pinch-hitting for Alex Avila late in game, turns page after tough loss in Arizona

Brad Ausmus said Wednesday afternoon that Torii Hunters go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday made him think twice about pinch-hitting for Alex Avila. PHOENIX -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus thought about pinch-hitting for Alex Avila late in the game Tuesday night. Torii Hunter made him change his mind. Ausmus said Wednesday afternoon that Hunter's go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning made him think twice about pinch-hitting for Avila. Instead, Ausmus stuck with Avila, who took a called third strike against a tough...

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