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Brad Ausmus Needs to Call Shots and Take Charge of Detroit Tigers’ Ad-Lib Mentality
June 3rd, 2015 at 11:26 AM
This much is true: a manager is only so much at fault for the complete struggles of his baseball team. ***VIDEO1*** But when the same things routinely keep coming up and mistakes start to happen as a result, it's clear there's a problem developing. The current issues of the Detroit Tigers obviously extend...

Chattin’ Cats Week in Review: Brad Ausmus Needs Managing Balance for Detroit Tigers
May 25th, 2015 at 9:14 AM
Welcome to Chattin' Cats, a weekly piece recapping the most important talking point from the week before about the Detroit Tigers while taking a look ahead. This past week, the Detroit Tigers finished out a tough home stand, losing two of three games to the Milwaukee Brewers, and struggling to a...

Breakfast with Brad: Within Bullpen Management, Brad Ausmus Can Walk Tightrope for Detroit Tigers
May 22nd, 2015 at 9:58 AM
"Breakfast With Brad" provides a morning look inside the mind of Detroit Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus. Thursday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers seemed to have a regulation win against the Houston Astros in the bag. ***VIDEO1*** David Price had pitched well into the sixth inning, and the team had finally gotten the kind of...

Breakfast with Brad: Letting Joba Chamberlain Finish Eighth an Obvious Mistake for Brad Ausmus
May 7th, 2015 at 9:28 AM
"Breakfast With Brad" provides a morning look inside the mind of Detroit Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus Early in 2015, the Detroit Tigers' bullpen has been doing an adequate job of getting needed outs in big spots, and the manager has done a decent job of putting them in a position to...

Cold Air Helping Playing a Role in Detroit Tigers’ Offensive Chill This Week
April 24th, 2015 at 12:51 PM
Sunday, back when the weather was still warm, the Detroit Tigers scored nine runs against the Chicago White Sox in their series finale. ***VIDEO1*** That, of course, led to optimism given the New York Yankees would come to town, and sandwiched between CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka would be two pitchers the...

Detroit Tigers’ Catcher Alex Avila Making Some Subtle Yet Meaningful Changes Behind Plate
February 21st, 2015 at 11:59 AM
Nearly ever since his career began, it seems Alex Avila has been fighting issues beyond his control behind the plate. ***VIDEO1*** From notable foul tips to collisions to concussions, it's a struggle to think of a catcher that's taken more of a beating early in his career than Avila has with the...

Five Detroit Tigers’ Spring Training Storylines to Watch Closely in the Weeks Ahead
February 18th, 2015 at 11:24 AM
While temperatures in Metro Detroit hover just above or well below freezing, the Detroit Tigers shoveled off to sunny and warm Lakeland, Florida this week to begin the odyssey that is spring training. ***VIDEO1*** Like most years, the 2015 Tigers have plenty of questions, concerns and reasons to be excited, making spring...

Detroit Tigers Lack of Guts Shows Through with Inability to Pursue Joe Maddon
October 31st, 2014 at 8:15 AM
Once upon a time, the great business mogul Donald Trump said it best. "As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, think big." ***VIDEO1*** Signing Joe Maddon to manage the Detroit Tigers would have qualified as such a move, especially after the team bowed out of the playoffs in embarrassing fashion...

Detroit Tigers Name Mike Maroth Pitching Coach of Triple-A Toledo
October 29th, 2014 at 10:58 AM
The Detroit Tigers have made another move to help restructure their coaching staff. ***VIDEO1*** No, it has nothing to do with Joe Maddon, who seems to be everyone's rumor du-jour. Instead, it involves teaching at the minor league level, and the hiring of Mike Maroth to take over as pitching coach for...

Hiring Joe Maddon Makes Sense for Detroit Tigers, but Dave Dombrowski Would Have to Check Ego
October 26th, 2014 at 1:56 PM
Barring something earth-shattering happening, the Detroit Tigers appeared set to have Brad Ausmus returning for his second season as manager. ***VIDEO1*** Friday, though, the earthquake that nobody saw coming happened when Joe Maddon, the successful manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, abruptly decided to bolt from Tampa Bay. This came on the...

Detroit Tigers’ Darnell Coles Departs to Become Milwaukee Brewers Hitting Coach
October 24th, 2014 at 9:08 AM
One change that the Detroit Tigers didn't figure to see this offseason was with regards to the coaching staff, most of whom were figured to return for year two under now-seasoned boss Brad Ausmus. ***VIDEO1*** Scratch one name off that list, though, as assistant hitting coach Darnell Coles is departing Detroit to...

Detroit Tigers’ 2014 Final Team Grades, Rating the Entire Roster Position by Position
October 7th, 2014 at 12:04 PM
The Detroit Tigers won 90 games, made the playoffs and claimed the Central Division for the fourth straight year. However, their struggles while accomplishing all three feats often overshadowed their successes. ***VIDEO1*** This past weekend, Detroit was bounced in an easy three games by the Baltimore Orioles and witnessed plenty of problems...

Breakfast with Brad: David Price’s Chance at Complete Game Justifiable Move by Brad Ausmus
September 24th, 2014 at 11:24 AM
"Breakfast With Brad" provides a look inside the mind of Detroit Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus All's well that ends well. That was the theme Tuesday night, as the Detroit Tigers pulled out a tough 4-3 win against the Chicago White Sox in the bottom of the ninth inning with an exhilarating...

Brad Ausmus Needs to Push Right Buttons More Consistently Down the Stretch for Detroit Tigers
September 7th, 2014 at 5:49 PM
Certain baseball players, it is said, are worth additional wins than some of their peers thanks to their total consistent contributions to a team. ***VIDEO1*** If that's the case, certain savvy managers must also be worth a few extra victories a year for the teams they lead. If there's a statistic for...

Breakfast with Brad: Given Work with Pitchers, not Hard to See Why Catchers Make Good Managers
July 10th, 2014 at 9:14 AM
"Breakfast With Brad" provides a look inside the mind of Detroit Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus It's been an interesting first season on the job for Brad Ausmus in Detroit. From self-described mini-losing streaks to beating baseball's best teams, often, what's down has been up and vice-versa. ***VIDEO1*** One constant, though, has been Ausmus's impressive work...

Breakfast with Brad: Detroit Tigers Allowing a Positive Environment for Rookie Manager to Grow
July 3rd, 2014 at 11:28 AM
"Breakfast With Brad" provides a look inside the mind of Detroit Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus After Wednesday afternoon's impressive victory over the Oakland Athletics concluded a significant series sweep, it was obvious that Detroit Tigers' boss Brad Ausmus would be in a good mood. However, when it was asked what the manager liked and didn't...

Detroit Tigers’ Manager Brad Ausmus Adds Calm Levity to Miserable Stretch of Baseball
June 19th, 2014 at 11:13 AM
A manager in baseball can only do so much. He's in charge of the lineup, pitching management and setting the overall tone in the clubhouse. ***PHOTO1*** Are the Detroit Tigers mired in their miserable slump because of anything first year leader Brad Ausmus is doing? Many will argue that's the case, while...

Detroit Tigers Should Allow Weary Justin Verlander Time Away to Find Himself
June 17th, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Since opening the season with a fantastic April, life has become a horror movie for Justin Verlander. Trouble is always lurking around every corner. It feels as if the walls are closing in as an unseen demon lurks. Worst of all, Verlander can't even trust his oldest friends, which in...

Breakfast with Brad: Attempting to Understand Why Brad Ausmus Left Justin Verlander In
June 12th, 2014 at 1:22 PM
"Breakfast With Brad" provides a look inside the mind of Detroit Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus For one inning, Detroit Tigers' former ace Justin Verlander looked like himself. Problem is, that performance didn't last long. ***PHOTO1*** Verlander fought his control again over the course of five rough innings and seven earned runs in Chicago, coming up...

Breakfast with Brad: Manager’s Theory Proves Correct About Fatigue Schedule for Detroit Tigers
May 21st, 2014 at 11:53 AM
"Breakfast With Brad" provides a look inside the mind of Detroit Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus. ***PHOTO1*** Several times during his shortened time on the job, Brad Ausmus has looked like a soothsayer. He may have never looked more brilliant, however, than when presenting his theory on rest and fatigue for a ball-club. Entering...