DETROIT (AP) — Dave Dombrowski has never been a predictable general manager, so maybe it wasn't all that surprising that he hired Brad Ausmus over the weekend to manage the Detroit Tigers.
Ausmus faces immediate pressure, taking over a team with high expectations after eight years under Jim Leyland. His lack of managerial experience didn't deter Dombrowski.
It's no shock that Ausmus is managing in the big leagues. His name also surfaced in connection with the Chicago Cubs' opening, and the Dartmouth-educated former catcher has been working in the front office with the San Diego Padres.
Now the Tigers hope he can lead them to a fourth straight AL Central title in 2014.