Scour the big leagues, from dugouts to front offices, and you might find two men in all of baseball as opposite from each other as Jim Leyland and Brad Ausmus.

On second thought, no, you wouldn’t.

Although the Tigers would not confirm Saturday night’s reports that Ausmus will be hired as the team’s new manager, fans who wanted a new face, new administration, and new managerial style, may have gotten their guy in a 44-year-old ex-catcher, heavy on IQ, and familiar with Detroit’s baseball culture from two trying stints here during the Randy Smith front-office era.

Dave Dombrowski may have just made 2014 the most interesting baseball year since Leyland arrived in 2005 to supervise a Tigers makeover.

Dombrowski, the Tigers front-office chief, reportedly gave the nod to a man with no experience managing in the minor leagues or big leagues. It’s a calculated risk, given the labyrinth of issues and challenges a skipper faces, but Ausmus is serious and compelling and clearly sold Dombrowski during last week’s interview.

The candidate who will have lost is Lloyd McClendon. And it is cruel to see McClendon denied a chance to run a team for which he has worked so rigorously since he arrived in tandem with Leyland.

Dombrowski, though, had a problem that could well have become McClendon’s headache. Most fans, it seemed, wanted a break from the Leyland administration. They were ready for a new personality in the manager’s office and new people on the skipper’s staff.