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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on player splits and slowing down speedy baserunners

The Tigers manager speaks about what a players' yearly splits are worth -- not much! -- and how pitchers and catchers deal with speedy baserunners. LAKELAND, FLORIDA -- It's no secret that fans, media and players do not always agree about the game of baseball. A glance at Twitter any time a team bunts is enough to confirm that notion. A glance at a comments section -- DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS EXCEPT MAYBE OCCASIONALLY AT BYB, WE GUESS, BUT NEVER AFTER BUNTS -- would confirm it as well. Yet listening to Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, with 23 years of professional experience (18 at the major...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 25, 2015
Brad Ausmus believes 2014 was 'aberration' for Joe Nathan, says he lacked options to replace him

Brad Ausmus believes 2014 was 'aberration' for Joe Nathan, says he lacked options to replace him

Ausmus expects Nathan to bounce back in 2015. So does Nathan. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Joe Nathan feels better about himself. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus feels better about Nathan, too. But Ausmus also feels better about his other options to close out games as the Tigers prepare for the 2015 season. Ausmus said Wednesday afternoon that he doesn't believe the aging process was the biggest factor in Nathan's struggles last season. Ausmus also noted he didn't feel he had much choice but to keep running Nathan out there as the team's closer in 2014. "The truth is...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 25, 2015
Detroit Tigers notebook: Brad Ausmus gets look at lefty Joe Mantiply, talks about Twitter plans

Detroit Tigers notebook: Brad Ausmus gets look at lefty Joe Mantiply, talks about Twitter plans

Ausmus did say he doesnt plan to be extremely active on Twitter, but that all of his Tweets will be his own. He has no plans to read comments aimed at him there. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Jim Leyland likes what he sees in Joe Mantiply. That's part of the reason Brad Ausmus looked forward to seeing Mantiply this spring. With just eight games above the Single-A level, Mantiply remains a long shot to make the opening day roster as a left-hander out of the bullpen. But he could be an option at some point during the 2015 season. Ausmus was asked Wednesday how much of having...
Bless You Boys Feb 25, 2015

Detroit Tigers links: Joba Chamberlain is back!

Ian Krol is 'lazy,' Rob Manfred hates baseball, and Madison Bumgarner is Paul Bunyan. Happy Wednesday, everyone. Tigers bring back Joba: 'We have unfinished business' - The Detroit News, Chris McCoskyI still miss the beard. Brad Ausmus has simple plan to encourage Yoenis Cespedes to hit to all fields: BP with Miguel Cabrera - MLive, Chris IottI'm not sure if the osmosis approach is going to work, but it's not exactly like Cespedes' swing was completely broken last year. Ian Kinsler: Under-Achiever or Under-Appreciated? - Motor City Bengals, Dan ByrneIf anything, Kinsler has been...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 24, 2015
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus launches Twitter account

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus launches Twitter account

Ausmus posted his first Tweet just after 5 p.m. Tuesday under the Twitter name @BradAusmus07.   LAKELAND, Fla. -- The first day of full-squad workouts for the Detroit Tigers was also the first day on Twitter for manager Brad Ausmus. Ausmus posted his first Tweet just after 5 p.m. Tuesday under the Twitter name @BradAusmus07. Day one message to the team... every pitch, every swing, and every play matters. -- Brad Ausmus (@BradAusmus07) February 24, 2015 Ausmus confirmed to MLive.com that it is his account. Expect it to be verified by Twitter very soon. --...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 24, 2015

Brad Ausmus has simple plan to encourage Yoenis Cespedes to hit to all fields: BP with Miguel Cabrera

Cespedes has plenty of power. There is little doubt about that. But most believe he could be a more well-rounded offensive threat if he used the entire field more. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Yoenis Cespedes has plenty of power. There is little doubt about that. But most believe he could be a more well-rounded offensive threat if he used the entire field more. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was asked what the best way was to encourage Cespedes to do so. He had a simple answer. It involves Miguel Cabrera. "I think the best way to do it is...
Bless You Boys Feb 24, 2015

Detroit Tigers links: Who will be the Tigers' Opening Day starter?

Alex Avila might bat second, Rajai Davis is a clubhouse leader, and Phil Hughes will start for the Twins on Opening Day. But who starts for the Tigers? Detroit Tigers notebook: Alex Avila 'legitimately on the table' as option to hit second vs. righties - MLive, Chris IottGuys. GUYS. It could really happen! Assessing Brad Ausmus, Baseball Manager - New English D, Neil WeinbergI think it's safe to say that Neil is not a fan of Mr. Ausmus. Starting Rotation--Detroit Tigers' Second Five - Motor City Bengals, Blair TatraultThese names might not seem great, but starting rotation depth is rarely...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 23, 2015
Detroit Tigers notebook: Alex Avila 'legitimately on the table' as option to hit second vs. righties

Detroit Tigers notebook: Alex Avila 'legitimately on the table' as option to hit second vs. righties

Bruce Rondon throws well in his second bullpen session this spring. Joel Hanrahan did not throw as scheduled, but he did win a fielding competition. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Brad Ausmus still isn't sure who will bat second against right-handed pitchers. But he is certain that catcher Alex Avila is a candidate to do so. Ausmus said Monday morning that the idea that Avila could hit second vs. righties is "legitimately on the table." "I'm seriously considering it," Ausmus said. "I wouldn't say that in any way am I locked into it. But it's...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 23, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera reports for spring training, appears to be in excellent shape

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera reports for spring training, appears to be in excellent shape

Brad Ausmus: He looks good. Hes walking around good. Hes stayed in shape. ... He wasnt sitting on the couch eating Cheetos. Miguel Cabrera  LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera appears to be in great shape for a guy whose offseason workout regimen was limited. "He looks good," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He's walking around good. He's stayed in shape. ... He wasn't sitting on the couch eating Cheetos." Cabrera had surgery in October to remove bone spurs in his right ankle. A stress fracture in his right foot was discovered and repaired at that same...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 20, 2015
Young starting pitchers Buck Farmer, Kyle Ryan to compete for spots in Detroit Tigers bullpen

Young starting pitchers Buck Farmer, Kyle Ryan to compete for spots in Detroit Tigers bullpen

If Bruce Rondon is healthy, the Tigers have five spots filled in the bullpen: Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, Rondon, Al Alburquerque and Tom Gorzelanny. LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers had several young starting pitchers make the leap to the major leagues last season. Two of those starters will compete for bullpen spots this spring. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Friday morning that right-hander Buck Farmer and left-hander Kyle Ryan will work out of the bullpen. "We're going to use them, at least in the beginning of spring training, out of the pen," Ausmus...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 19, 2015
Brad Ausmus talks about division race, Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila and other Detroit Tigers topics

Brad Ausmus talks about division race, Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila and other Detroit Tigers topics

Ausmus: Without question, the entire divisions gotten better. I think thats clear. Anybody on the outside looking in can tell that. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Brad Ausmus expects the Detroit Tigers to win. But he doesn't mind if the opposition doesn't feel the same way. Thursday was reporting day for Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers. It also marked the first of literally hundreds of meetings with the media this season for Ausmus, who touched upon several topics, including the Central Division race. "Listen, we expect to win," Ausmus said. "We expect to win. I know...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 19, 2015
Brad Ausmus 'a little bit' concerned with Jose Iglesias, says it's 'all systems go' for Bruce Rondon

Brad Ausmus 'a little bit' concerned with Jose Iglesias, says it's 'all systems go' for Bruce Rondon

The Tigers were without shortstop Jose Iglesias and relief pitcher Bruce Rondon for the entire 2014 season, so their health will be a major focus this spring for the Tigers and their fans. LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers were without shortstop Jose Iglesias and relief pitcher Bruce Rondon for the entire 2014 season, so their health will be a major focus this spring for the Tigers and their fans. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he has some concern regarding how Iglesias' shins will hold up over the long grind of a season after the young shortstop sat...
Bless You Boys Feb 8, 2015

Brad Ausmus gets 65 percent approval rating in January 2015 Bless You Boys poll

Despite concerns about his in-game decision-making, Tigers fans are generally pleased with their manager. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus does not have the same track record as his president and general manager. There was a lot asked of him in 2014. He had to replace a Hall of Fame manager and guide a veteran roster with World Series expectations back to the promised land only four seasons after his final game as a player. No sweat, right? Our January approval poll seems to reflect a general feeling of acceptance of the job Ausmus did. Sixty-five percent of voters expressed approval for Ausmus...
Bless You Boys Feb 2, 2015

2015 BYB community Tigers prospect #12: Hernan Perez

Perez, an infielder by trade, could fill a super-utility role for the Tigers in 2015. If the last few seasons have taught the Tigers and their fans anything, it is how easily a lack of depth can be exposed. The bullpen and its issues -- depth being one of them -- go without saying. The Tigers' lackluster bench depth has also been exposed during the past few seasons, but most notably during last year's postseason. With his team on the brink of elimination in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the ALDS, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called on Hernan Perez to pinch hit for shortstop Andrew Romine....
Bless You Boys Jan 30, 2015

Bless You Boys Podcast 137: Counting Down with Jon Erkkila

HookSlide talks with Jon Erkkila about the latest Tigers news. After a short break, we're back with another episode of the Bless You Boys podcast! In this installment, HookSlide chats with Bless You Boys staff writer Jon Erkkila about the latest Tigers news, including: Max Scherzer's signing with the Washington Nationals Whether the Tigers should go after James Shields while they still can Brad Ausmus and the challenges he'll face in 2015 Who will be the toughest competition in the AL Central Baseball's new commissioner, Rob Manfred ???? PROFIT! Be sure to catch the live show on January...

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