The Detroit Tigers ousted manager Brad Ausmus Friday afternoon in a move that, like most things, happened slowly — and then suddenly. The news started as a hint on Twitter when an assignment editor at a local television station said the team had invited media down for an impromptu presser. The actual media invite came about five minutes later. Many were stunned it happened with so little fanfare. Standing in the dugout, General Manager Al Avila confirmed it was the end of the road for Brad Ausmus. Avila said it was “time for a change” and added the team has no one in mind yet as a replacement. “We’re going to do a lot of thorough background work,” he said of any potential replacement, adding it’s going to be a long, hard and trying process. He added Ausmus and his coaching staff will remain in their current positions through the end of the 2017 season. “As we transition the ballclub in a new direction, I feel it’s best we have a new approach and a fresh start with the manager position,” Avila said in a press release. “Brad has done an admirable job under, at times, difficult circumstances, especially this season, and we appreciate his professionalism and dedication to the Tigers the past four years. Our search for a new manager is underway. We plan to keep an open-mind in considering current members of the coaching staff for positions in 2018, but that will be in conjunction with the manager we hire.”