Of all the open managerial jobs in Major League baseball right now, there is little doubt the most attractive job is the Skippers job for the built to win right now Detroit Tigers. It seems a little bit odd that given that status, it seems odd the Tigers have not interviews more marquee names. That is not to say they those interviewed already would not be fine choices, but it seems Tigers fans expect the team to be looking at more well known names.
We know current Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon and Los Angeles Dodgers Third base coach Tim Wallach have interviewed for this job. The news coming out today is the Tigers brain trust is meeting with Brad Ausmus today, and that they plan to interview San Diego Padres Bench coach Rick Renteria.
Ausmus is the baseball wonder kid and has long been speculated that he is in line for a big league managerial spot. However, given the egos on the Tigers roster one has to wonder if a first time manger is really the way to go. With everyone from Ozzie Guillen to John Riggleman saying they are interested in the Tigers' job, it seems kind of odd the list of candidates the Tigers have at least interviewed so far. Since we have no idea who is actually on the tigers list.
One has to wonder if the Tigers are just kicking the tires on a few of the hot names (albeit lesser known) until the end of the World Series when they can finally get permission to interview Torey Lovullo. Or maybe they are gonna go against what Mike Illitch has done recently with the skipper’s job.
What we do know is all over Detroit sports radio today hosts and callers are calling the list of interviewed candidates unimpressive. There is certainly a let down, but a big name is not always what it is made out to be. Phil Garner, and Alan Trammell being among the names Illitch has brought in to run his team.
Of all the candidates we have heard rumors of it would seem Renteria is the most logical choice. He speaks fluent Spanish, managed Team Mexico in the WBC, and has extensive minor league managerial experience, as well as being a first base and bench coach in the Majors.