Ron Gardenhire or Brad Ausmus?
Who do you want as manager of the Tigers? The question is almost ridiculous. We are all on the same page. You’d rather have Gardenhire who is sending feelers around Major League Baseball that he is ready to return to baseball as a manager. He hired an agent in the spring to monitor the waters and his contract with the Minnesota Twins, who fired him, has expired.
In other words he is not being paid any more to sit around. The man is ready to return and lead. The Tigers should go after him when the season ends.
Reports came out Thursday night at the Tigers are planning to fire Ausmus at the end of the season. That hardly comes as any surprised especially after baseball people read the tea leaves that Chris Ilitch no longer supported Ausmus like he has in the past. Besides, owner Mike Ilitch is still calling the shots with the Tigers.
Chris Ilitch runs the day to day operations but he cannot sign a check without Mike’s OK. If Ausmus is indeed fired it tells me that Mike Ilitch is still in charge.
However, the reports show how clumsy the organization is at times. Why leak this now? There is no point unless the plan is to fire Ausmus now and bring in an interim manager. It is time for a replacement. You can defend Ausmus by saying there were plenty of injuries and that a fire sale at the end did not help.
However, he’s made too many bad decisions. He is not ready for the day to day grind of managing.
Gardenhire won AL Manager of the Year in 2010 and was runner up five times. His teams in Minnesota won six division titles and had five losing seasons. In other words give the man talent and he will win, which is something the Tigers are capable of doing.
It is time for change.