The Detroit Tigers have interviewed Brad Ausmus for their managerial vacancy, according to Chris Iott of MLive.com. Ausmus is currently serving as a special assistant to the San Diego Padres, but spent three seasons playing for the Tigers during his playing career. He has no experience as a manager at any professional level, but he served as the skipper for Team Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and is considered to have a good mind for baseball. Iott reports that the interview went well.
Ausmus, a former catcher, also interviewed for the managing position with the Washington Nationals (which eventually went to Matt Williams) and has been mentioned as a candidate for the Chicago Cubs' job.
In addition to Ausmus, the Tigers have also interviewed hitting coach Lloyd McClendon and Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach, and are planning to speak with Padres bench coach Rick Renteria.
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