Tigers owner Mike Ilitch cut ties with longtime general manager Dave Dombrowski on Tuesday afternoon, but it doesn’t sound like anybody else is on the chopping block yet. Al Avila, who has been installed as the Tigers’ new GM and vice president, said Tuesday in his introductory press conference that manager Brad Ausmus’ job, for one, is safe.
“I believe in Brad Ausmus,” said Avila, via Chris Iott of MLive.com. “He is our manager for the rest of this season for sure. I have all the confidence in him. I think he’s done a good job. Just like everything else from here on out, everything will be evaluated. Our staff will be evaluated. Our major-league club will be evaluated as we have done in years past.”
Detroit sold off David Price, Yoenis Cespedes, and Joakim Soria last week, but the club is only three games back of the second American League Wild Card spot entering play Tuesday.
Ausmus boasts a 141-126 record since taking over as the Tigers’ manager last year.
He also carries the distinction of being ranked HBT’s most handsome skipper.