From his time as a major league catcher to his current job as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Brad Ausmus established himself as one of the wittier and more refreshing interviews across baseball. In 2009, when asked if he considered signing with a new team to start instead of backing up for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ausmus, a resident of Del Mar, Calif. at the time, said “I wasn’t going to travel thousands of miles away from home just to extend my mediocre career.” A Dartmouth graduate, he was routinely named one of sports’ smartest players by a host of publications and was revered for his on-field intelligence and ability to handle pitchers. In 2013, the Tigers hired him to succeed Jim Leyland just three seasons after he ended his 18-year playing career. Ausmus is currently in his fourth year managing the Tigers, who sit at 62–89 with just 11 games remaining this season. If you ask baseball people whether Aumus will return for a fifth season, they’ll likely say no. Those baseball people include Brad Ausmus.