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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Brad Ausmus’ tirade about ‘negativity’ a bad response to reasonable question |

Ausmus should stay off Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Batman Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:27 AM (#5534269)
"It's a dumb question for two reasons: One, nobody could have caught that ball. And two, if the ball isn't hit there, nobody asks the question."
"And three, if baseball didn't exist, nobody asks this question, but even moreso."
   2. Tim D Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:33 AM (#5534272)
Ausmus has been increasingly petty in post-game interviews as the Tigers season goes down the drain. He has been accused of this throughout his tenure, and I thought he was arguably justified in standing up to dumb questions. Lately, the questions have been better, and Ausmus sounds more and more like a guy who knows he isn't coming back. He was also quoted as saying "their" rather than "our" chances when talking about the rotation for 2018.

If you look at the play, the reporter raises a legitimate point. To be sure the ball was smoked and landed at the edge of the warning track. Maybe Clemente or Kaline have a chance, but not many others. But Castellanos has played all of 10 (awful) games in RF, is generally a slow runner and miserable defensive player, and took an awkward looking L-shaped rout to the ball. The germane point is not whether Presley or Romine "would have" caught it. It's whether a young pitcher, struggling to get established in the big leagues, should get the best defense on the field when he's trying for a no-hitter. It's whether Tiger fans, suffering through a horrible season, should be reassured that Ausmus did his best to preserve one of the year's few memorable moments. Ausmus routinely replaced Castellanos at 3B late in games with the lead. This game he just blew it off like he didn't care. I have defended him as an at least average MLB manager, but this was very disappointing, and his attitude is worse. He's gone and I won't shed a tear.

PS: Castellanos has been on a tear offensively, and the Tigers are talking him up a lot in the booth, on Twitter, etc. He has decent counting stats but his WAR is 0.5; bad defense, uninspiring OBP, etc. Jeimer Candelario, who has been playing 3B since September 1, is already at 0.6 WAR. Castellanos appears destined for the OF next year or 1B if Miggy moves to DH. He is going to have to hit a lot more to justify a spot like that. He's 25 so I imagine there is hope, but......
   3. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:41 AM (#5534279)
On one point, Ausmus is absolutely right: The ball in question -- the gapper to right-center hit by Tim Anderson that ended Matthew Boyd's bid for a no-hitter -- wasn't going to be caught by Castellanos, Tyler Collins, Andrew Romine, Alex Presley or probably even Kevin Kiermaier.

Of course, no one said it would.

But the question certainly implies that a better fielder may have caught the ball.
   4. Tim D Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:53 AM (#5534297)
No, it doesn't necessarily imply that. It implies that Ausmus didn't give enough of a damn to give Boyd his best shot at a no-hitter. Ausmus was asked simply whether he thought about replacing Castellanos. Either he did or he didn't. He jumped to the conclusions, not the reporter.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:58 AM (#5534306)
On one point, Ausmus is absolutely right: The ball in question -- the gapper to right-center hit by Tim Anderson that ended Matthew Boyd's bid for a no-hitter -- wasn't going to be caught by Castellanos, Tyler Collins, Andrew Romine, Alex Presley or probably even Kevin Kiermaier.

Kevin Pillar might have had a chance. He was in Baltimore at the time, so it's not out of the question.
   6. Tim D Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:13 AM (#5534323)
Coke to Billy R. LOL.
   7. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:34 AM (#5534353)
You're right, the reporter didn't have any interest in the big story of the day, a near no-hitter. They were simply wondering about defensive replacement mechanics of a 62-88 team.
   8. Tim D Posted: September 19, 2017 at 12:17 PM (#5534397)
No, they were wondering whether the team's manager gave a sh!t. Based on his incredibly defensive response I'd say he didn't.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: September 19, 2017 at 05:44 PM (#5534697)
Everybody should stay off Twitter
   10. No longer interested in this website Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:34 PM (#5534845)
It's the manager's job to answer questions. If he doesn't like it, he should quit. There are only 30 of those jobs and there are thousands of others who'd gladly answer "asinine" questions.

The question was not asinine, by the way.

I also believe the reporter and manager have a history and it's near the end of a lousy season. That contributes to this as well.

I support the firing of Brad Ausmus. I see managers much like I see presidents. I don't want them doing much. I don't think much of what they can do is positive. I think they're power is overrated, that others are far more important (the legislature/courts and the players). So, I want a manager (and a president) to simply be a decent guy who represents the team well and stays out of the way. He shouldn't EFF things up. Based on that criteria, Ausmus is a failure. So, BTW is our current president and five of our last seven presidents.


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