The Detroit Tigers have exercised their 2017 option on manager Brad Ausmus. Baseball’s second most handsome manager will be back in the dugout next season.
The Tigers fell short of he playoffs for the second straight season in 2016, but they did improve by 12 games, finishing at 86-75, just out of the Wild Card running. Better overall team health had a lot to do with that as did the resurgence of Justin Verlander and the emergence of rookie starter Michael Fulmer. Overall, Ausmus is 250-234 in his three seasons at the helm.
The Tigers did not, however, extend Ausmus’ contracts, meaning that he will be a lame duck in 2017. And, presumably, meaning that the club will have a very short leash on him. A slow start next spring could very well mean Ausmus gets canned.
ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.
O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”
“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.
O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.
He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.
O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.
He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.