The Detroit Tigers have gone from having a 68-year-old manager to a skipper who is young enough to be one of Jim Leyland‘s sons! Brad Ausmus has reportedly been named the Tigers’ new manger, despite being just 44 years of age and having zero experience as a coach at any level. However, Ausmus was a hot commodity this off-season due to his constant professionalism and 18 years of MLB know-how.
Ausmus was last seen in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform as he finished his playing career under the tutelage of surefire Hall-of-Fame manager Joe Torre. Before that, Ausmus made a name for himself as a defensive-minded catcher with the Houston Astros from 1997-2008. Ausmus’ overall resume is eerily similar to that of Mike Matheny, before he got his first managerial gig with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012.
Much like Ausmus; Matheny is a life-long baseball mind with plenty of expertise behind the plate. However, St. Louis received plenty of flack for giving someone younger than some of the players such a prestigious title. Matheny would wind up winning the NL Manager of the Year Award in his first year as Cards’ skipper in 2012 and nearly won the World Series in just his second year. It’s safe to say that Detroit has taken notice of Matheny’s success and figures that age is just a number.
Time will tell if this hire is a step in the right direction for the Tigers, but Ausmus should definitely share some of his first year salary with Matheny.