One former Dodgers player beat out another, among other candidates, in the Motor City. Former catcher Brad Ausmus, who retired as a player after 2010, will reportedly be hired as Tigers manager, per reports from both Grand Junction Rockies broadcaster Adam Spolane and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Ausmus beat out several candidates in Detroit, including Dodgers current third base coach Tim Wallach, who interviewed with the Tigers on Oct. 25. Wallach also interviewed with the Mariners on Thursday, but Seattle hasn't yet picked a skipper to replace Eric Wedge.
Ausmus spent the final two seasons of his 18-year playing career with the Dodgers, and on the final day of the 2009 season managed the club, part of a longtime tradition by Joe Torre to have his veteran players manage and coach the last game of the season.
In that 2009 game, Ausmus the manager inserted Ausmus the player into the game as a pinch runner for Jim Thome in the eighth inning, and explained after the game, "I am the second least fast guy in the stadium besides Thome; maybe Loretta, but somebody had to pinch run, so I figured I'd get myself out of the way."
Ausmus managed Team Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and had spent the last three seasons working in the baseball operations department for the Padres.