Kirk Gibson helped bring the Tigers their last World Series title. Could he also bring them the next one? Gibson is on the Tigers' list of possible successors to Jim Leyland sources say. But Gibson remains under contract with the Diamondbacks who invited him back after a disappointing 81-81 season and are unlikely to allow him to leave for Detroit. Brad Ausmus another onetime Tiger is also on the team's list and Leyland is likely to push for the job to go to either Gene Lamont or Lloyd McClendon two former managers who have been on his Tigers coaching staff for his entire eight-year run. Gibson grew up in Michigan and still has strong ties there. He worked as a Tigers broadcaster after he was done playing and spent three years as bench coach when his good friend Alan Trammell was Tigers manager. Ausmus has been a hot name among managerial candidates the past two years. He recently interviewed with the Nationals (although he isn't expected to get that job) and he was under consideration last winter with the Red Sox and Astros. At the Monday press conference to announce Leyland's retirement Dombrowski said previous managerial experience was a plus but not a must. Ausmus has never managed in the major leagues or in the minors but ran Team Israel last year in the World Baseball Classic. The Tigers job is an attractive one with a team that has been to the playoffs three straight years and will be favored to make it four in a row next seasons. The Tigers have one of the highest payrolls in baseball and will likely to continue to spend as long as Mike Ilitch owns the team.
Gibson, Ausmus could be candidates to replace Leyland with Tigers
CBS Sports | Oct 21