The Detroit Tigers’ management leads the team to an awful first half of the 2017 season. The time has come for Brad Ausmus to be fired.
The first half of the 2017 season is now officially over. The Detroit Tigers once again have been underwhelming. The team has the fourth highest payroll in the MLB, yet their production level was not deserving of that much money. The club finished nine games below the .500 mark and showed little promise throughout the first half. The biggest reason for this comes from the management. It is time for the Tigers to fire Brad Ausmus.
Ausmus has been a terrible manager. He is perennially on the hot seat. The Tigers’ Front Office never has the guts to make a move. Ausmus is not the answer. He hasn’t been since he joined the club.
The Tigers jumped the gun on Ausmus when names like Ron Gardenhire, Dusty Baker, and even in-house Lloyd McClendon were available. In fact, the Tigers only interviewed three other candidates for the managerial position. Ausmus wasn’t qualified to be a manager as he had zero coaching experience when he became manager of the Detroit Tigers. You would think the search would be more extensive for a club that was in the World Series only one year earlier. Dave Dombrowski made his mind up too quickly and put the Tigers in the position they are in today.
One of Ausmus’ greatest issues is that he doesn’t know how to motivate the players. That is why they have to hold players-only meetings, like the one Miguel Cabrera, hosted earlier this week, to try and gain motivation. Every day it seems like these guys are just going through the motions, and there is nearly no passion displayed from the veterans on the team (Other than leaders like Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera).
Ausmus is still stuck in his glory days of being a player. That is evident when he gets behind the plate and catches players’ bullpen sessions. The players on the club don’t see him as a leader but as a peer.
Speaking of not being a leader, Ausmus never takes responsibility for his actions. Ausmus always seems to have an excuse when times are bad. He regularly says things like “We’ve got to be better than this,” and “We’ll be fine,” and “We just have to be patient until player X heats up, then we will be fine.” When have any of those things ever happened?
These reasons are why Ausmus has lost the respect of the team. Players don’t trust him and aren’t motivated by him. So, what exactly is his job other than filling out the lineup card every day?
Ausmus took over the club starting in the 2014 season. Since then, the Tigers are only seven games over .500. Detroit has only made the playoffs once under his reign. That was his first season when the team was barely his. Granted, last year the Tigers barely missed the playoffs. However, if they had, they were not nearly good enough to make a run for World Series.
The Detroit Tigers have a lot of work to do to get back into contentions in the next few years. That all starts with who is leading the team, and Brad Ausmus cannot be that man. His lack of leadership, motivation, and character shows that he is not ready to be an MLB manager, and can no longer lead the Detroit Tigers.