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Grand Rapids Press Jul 26, 2015
With trade deadline near, Brad Ausmus remains confident in team: 'Let's not jump off the cliff yet'

With trade deadline near, Brad Ausmus remains confident in team: 'Let's not jump off the cliff yet'

Ausmus says the veterans in the clubhouse as well as the coaching staff will keep the team on point and looking forward as the final two months of the season play out. BOSTON -- Detroit Tigers ownership and general manager Dave Dombrowski will come to a conclusion -- if they haven't already -- about which route the team will take at the trade deadline. Manager Brad Ausmus clearly feels that they should not sell. He remains confident in his team's playoff chances. "I don't feel like it's running out of time," Ausmus said Sunday afternoon before his team's series...
Bless You Boys Jul 25, 2015

Tigers' Alfredo Simon leaves game in 7th with groin strain

However, the Tigers don't believe Simon will see time on the DL. On Saturday afternoon, Alfredo Simon was in the middle of his best start since missing a start on May 27 when he was suddenly placed on the bereavement list. But in the bottom of the seventh with the Tigers in a 5-1 lead, Simon hunched over in pain after a pitch and exited the game soon after with an injury. After the game it was announced that Simon had suffered a groin strain. However, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus stated that Simon is not expected to miss his next start or see time on the disabled list. "I think that was his...
Bless You Boys Jul 24, 2015

Tigers' David Price destroys writer Lynn Henning for comment about dedication to team

Note to self: don't mess with David Price on Twitter. The MLB trade deadline might be uneventful so far, but the hot takes on the Tigers' struggles aren't. For some context, as David Price was removed from Thursday's game, he did not hand the ball to Brad Ausmus. Instead he began his walk back to the dugout early as Nick Castellanos performed the duty on his behalf. The exchange can be seen at about the 1:27 mark below. Admittedly it seemed a little abrasive at the time, but there are a number of reasons that the ball could have ended up in Castellanos' glove instead of Price's. But why...
Bless You Boys Jul 24, 2015

Tigers should consider replacing Brad Ausmus if they want to contend in 2015

Dissatisfaction with the performance of the Tigers and manager Brad Ausmus has escalated to alarming levels. When the Detroit Tigers first hired Brad Ausmus, I was very happy with their choice. I felt that a young, well-educated, 15-year MLB veteran would bring insights to the job that could not be found in another retread manager who manages "by the book." I was wrong. If the Tigers are to somehow make a run for the postseason -- which would require being buyers at the trade deadline -- then replacing Ausmus also needs to be given serious consideration. Not only has Ausmus adopted an...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 22, 2015
Brad Ausmus standing by 'spot-on' use of bullpen in late-inning 11-9 loss to Mariners

Brad Ausmus standing by 'spot-on' use of bullpen in late-inning 11-9 loss to Mariners

Ausmus defends decision-making as team sinks under .500 for the second time this season. DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus isn't backing down. Talking to reporters from the Detroit Tigers' dugout Wednesday afternoon as his players took batting practice, the club's manager vehemently defended his use of his bullpen in Tuesday night's late-inning 11-9 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Ausmus watched Neftali Feliz give up five runs on four hits and a walk in the eighth inning. Franklin Gutierrez pinch-hit grand slam erased the Tigers 8-6 lead, and came with no pitchers up in the...
Bless You Boys Jul 22, 2015

Detroit Tigers July 2015 approval poll: Brad Ausmus

Brad Ausmus made a mistake last night. Let's see what everyone thinks about him today! Editor's note: All season long, we have been asking whether you approve of the job Brad Ausmus is doing as the Detroit Tigers' manager. By sheer luck, this month's poll coincides with one of Ausmus' worst mistakes of the season. The results should be interesting. The Bless You Boys staff recently had a discussion about the current state of the Tigers and how much Brad Ausmus is to blame for how things have gone this year. What follows are some candid comments on the situation, minus a lot of cursing and...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 22, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus explains decision to stick with Neftali Feliz in disastrous inning

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus explains decision to stick with Neftali Feliz in disastrous inning

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he wouldnt change anything if he had to do it all over again. Which means hed still stick with Neftali Feliz. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he wouldn't change anything if he had to do it all over again Tuesday night. Which means he'd still stick with Neftali Feliz. The Tigers managed to overcome an early four-run deficit and led 8-6 when Ausmus decided to bring in Feliz to try and protect a slim lead in the eighth inning. He couldn't. Acquired by the Tigers earlier this month, Feliz gave up a run on a...
Bless You Boys Jul 22, 2015

Tigers' Brad Ausmus 'would do nothing different' about poor bullpen management

And that is costing the Tigers wins, and potentially a chance at the postseason. DETROIT -- It falls on the players to make the plays on the field, produce the offense, and record the outs on the mound. But it's the responsibility of the manager to ensure that the rotation and bullpen are managed correctly. That is not happening with Brad Ausmus at the helm of the Detroit Tigers and the latest example was a grisly 11-9 loss at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. With two outs in the eighth, Neftali Feliz, a struggling reliever who the Tigers picked up for a pittance -- the latest...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 20, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus on trade deadline: 'You hope you put the team in a situation to buy'

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus on trade deadline: 'You hope you put the team in a situation to buy'

Ausmus said he hopes the Tigers are in position to buy at the trade deadline, but he said he understands both sides of the debate. DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus didn't say it in as many words, but it's clear that he understands that the Detroit Tigers could go in several different directions as the trade deadline approaches.  Team ownership will make the final decision regarding whether the .500-ish Tigers should buy or sell. General manager Dave Dombrowski will be the one executing the plan. But Ausmus figures it's up to the players and the coaching staff to give them...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 20, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus doesn't rule out Victor Martinez as option to play first base later this season

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus doesn't rule out Victor Martinez as option to play first base later this season

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said both he and designated hitter Victor Martinez have had recent conversations about the possibility of playing first base at some point this season. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was quick to rule out Victor Martinez as a candidate to play first base in early July when Miguel Cabrera initially injured his calf. A month later, the second-year manager appears to be reconsidering the idea. Ausmus said Monday both he and Martinez have engaged in conversations about the possibility the 36-year-old could play first base at...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 19, 2015
Bruce Rondon's problem? He's leaving pitches over the plate, Brad Ausmus says

Bruce Rondon's problem? He's leaving pitches over the plate, Brad Ausmus says

There is no concern for Bruce Rondons delivery or mechanics. The hard-throwing Detroit Tigers relief pitcher is simply leaving pitches over the plate of late, manager Brad Ausmus says. DETROIT -- There is no concern for Bruce Rondon's delivery or mechanics. The hard-throwing Detroit Tigers relief pitcher is simply leaving pitches over the plate of late, manager Brad Ausmus says. "He's throwing strikes," Ausmus said following the Tigers' 3-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, a game that saw Rondon enter in the eighth and proceed to give up two runs on...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 18, 2015
Detroit Tigers make no changes to rotation, Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene will start against Mariners

Detroit Tigers make no changes to rotation, Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene will start against Mariners

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Saturday that Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene will pitch the first and second game of Detroits three-game set against the Seattle Mariners. DETROIT -- Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene aren't going anywhere. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Saturday that Simon and Greene will pitch the first and second game of Detroit's three-game set against the Seattle Mariners. Simon will start the series opener Monday, and Greene is scheduled for Tuesday. Prior to Saturday, Ausmus was seemingly reluctant to name the starting pitchers for...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 18, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila back at first base for second straight game

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila back at first base for second straight game

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has tabbed Alex Avila as his first baseman for a second straight game as the Tigers continue their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. DETROIT -- Marc Krauss is still on paternity leave, so Alex Avila is still at first base. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has tabbed Avila as his first baseman for a second straight game as the Tigers continue their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Saturday's lineup is the same lineup Ausmus penciled Friday night. It'll mark the fourth career start at first base for Avila, who...

Game 2015.84: Tigers at Mariners

Another game another day closer to .500. Jason Beck had some interesting thoughts on Ausmus’ late inning decisions last night. He’s not quite calling them into question, but the fact that he’s writing about it… Ryan down, Farmer up. Not sure if that helps or hurts one of the worst bullpens in the AL. TIGERS (career […]
Grand Rapids Press Jul 7, 2015
First baseman Marc Krauss hits home run in first at-bat with Detroit Tigers

First baseman Marc Krauss hits home run in first at-bat with Detroit Tigers

Krauss brought a .192 career average in 365 at-bats in the majors to the Tigers. Marc Krauss made a good first impression on the Detroit Tigers. Krauss hit a home run to right field in the top of the second inning Tuesday night in his first at-bat as a member of the Tigers. The home run gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Nick Castellanos hit a two-run home run just before Krauss hit his solo shot. The Tigers claimed Krauss off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday and added him to the roster Tuesday afternoon. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus inserted him into the...

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