DETROIT, MI (The Spread) – Who will be the next manager of the Detroit Tigers following Jim Leyland’s decision to step down from the post on Monday? Oddsmakers have weighed in.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Brad Ausmus is a 4/1 favorite to be the Tigers’ next manager while Lloyd McClendon has the next-best odds of 9/2. Tom Brookens and Torey Lovullo are 5/1, respectively, while Gene Lamont is 11/2. Manny Acta and Larry Parrish are both 8/1, respectively, while the two long shots are Tony Pena and Dusty Baker at 15/1, respectively.
Ausmus is a former player for the Padres, Tigers, Astros and Dodgers, and spent time in Detroit on two separate occasions in 1996 and then again in 1999-2000. With Mike Matheny leading the Cardinals to a World Series appearance this year and watching guys like Joe Girardi and Bruce Bochy having so much success, it makes sense that a former catcher like Ausmus would get a look.
McClendon, meanwhile, is a former player and manager and served as Leyland’s hitting coach from 2006 through this past season. He was also the manager of the Pirates from 2001-2005 and played for the Reds, Cubs and Pirates’ organizations from 1987 through 1994. Lamont also worked on Leyland, serving as the team’s bench coach for the 2013 season. Lamont was also served as Detroit’s acting manager for a time.
The news of Leyland’s decision was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. He racked up 700 wins during his managerial career and took the Tigers to the World Series in 2006 and 2012, both loses. Boston knocked Detroit out of this year’s ALCS last week and will play St. Louis in this year’s Fall Classic.