Tigers Won’t Extend Ausmus Beyond 2017

The Detroit Tigers announced Friday that the organization will not extend the contract of manager Brad Ausmus beyond the 2017 season.

“As we transition the ball club in a new direction, I feel it’s best we have a new approach and a fresh start with the manager position,” said Al Vila, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manger, in a statement. “Brad has done an admirable job under, at times, difficult circumstances, especially this season, and we appreciate his professionalism and dedication to the Tigers the past four years. Our search for a new manager is underway. We plan to keep an open-mind in considering current members of the coaching staff for position in 2018, but that will be in conjunction with the manager we hire.

At 62-91, the Tigers currently rest 34 games behind Central Division leader Cleveland and are only a half-game ahead of the Chicago White Sox for last place in the division.

The 37th manager in Tigers history, Ausmus was hired by Detroit on Nov. 3, 2013. Ausmus led the Tigers to the American League Central Division title in 2014. In four seasons with Detroit, Ausmus has a 312-325 record.