Report: Tigers hire Brad Ausmus as manager

Bob Levey

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports San Diego Padres' executive Brad Ausmus will be the next manager of the Detroit Tigers.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that 44-year-old Brad Ausmus, former Detroit Tigers catcher, 18 year MLB veteran and current San Diego Padres front office assistant, will be named the next manager of the Tigers.

Rosenthal seems to be sure of his source, Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610 in Houston.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has confirmed the hiring of Ausmus as well.

Ausmus was not just on the radar of the Tigers. He also interviewed with the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals for their open managerial jobs.

Kurt had this to say about Ausmus' managerial candidacy prior to his interview:

Ausmus has been a popular pick among fans and has interviewed for several managers positions in recent years, most recently with the Nationals this month. A former Tigers player, Ausmus' drawback is a lack of managerial experience. He managed the Israeli team in the World Baseball Classic but has little experience otherwise. He is currently serving as a special assistant in the Padres' front office. In an interview last week, Dombrowski didn't disqualify candidates without managerial experience, but he did note it would be helpful.

The Tigers have also interviewed current Tigers' hitting coach Lloyd McLendon, who has also interviewed with the Seattle Mariners, as well as Los Angels Dodgers' third base coach Tim Wallach and Padres bench coach Rick Renteria.

Matt Dery of Detroit Sports 105.1 is reporting Gene Lamont will remain in the Tigers' dugout as Ausmus' bench coach.

The story is still developing. We'll have more as news is confirmed.

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