According to a report from Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the Detroit Tigers are already compiling a list of potential replacements for skipper Jim Leyland, who announced he will step down as the team’s manager Monday.
Kirk Gibson, skipper of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and former Tigers catcher Brad Ausmus are both on the team’s list of potential replacements. However, Gibson is under contract in Arizona next season, and the Diamondbacks are not expected to allow him to talk with Detroit, despite his ties to the area and the team.
The duo will likely be joined by two former big league managers, Gene Lamont or Lloyd McClendon, both of whom have worked on Leyland’s coaching staff for the last eight years, according to Knobler.
Ausmus recently interviewed for the Washington Nationals managerial vacancy, and was an early name mentioned in the talks over the Chicago Cubs position, as well. Last winter, both the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros interviewed Ausmus for managerial jobs also.
Leyland went 700-597 during his tenure with Detroit, leading the team to four playoff berths and two World Series appearances. He is a three-time Manager of the Year, winning the award in 1990 and 1992 with the Pirates and in 2006 with Detroit.