Brad Ausmus, who was let go by the Detroit Tigers following their last-place finish, is on the radar of the New York Mets and is in fact said to be a candidate to replace Terry Collins. The Mets have reached out to Ausmus and they’ve had one conversation to date.

Ausmus, the erudite Dartmouth graduate with a distinguished 18-year big-league career as a catcher, is in some ways an opposite of Collins, who resigned after seven years, the longest tenure of any Mets skipper in their 56-year history.

Ausmus is believed to be a candidate in multiple places, so the rival Philadelphia Phillies could be in play, too. Coincidentally, like Ausmus, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Phillies GM Matt Klentak also went to Dartmouth – not that that’s the main consideration.