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[Les] Moss succeeded Ralph Houk as manager for the 1979 Detroit Tigers. In his time with the Tigers he went 27–26.[9] He actually was not fired for cause or because he was ineffective, but rather because Sparky Anderson had unexpectedly become available. Moss was named manager soon after the 1978 season concluded. However, the Tigers had not counted on Anderson being fired on November 27, 1978 by the Cincinnati Reds. Moss was a victim of bad timing, as the Tigers came to a deal to bring Anderson to the Tigers after the first third of the 1979 season. Dick Tracewski coached four games as interim manager until Anderson's arrival.

Al Avila might not want to backstab Ausmus. The ownership might.

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IMO, there was no advantage to endorsing Ausmus when Avila did. It was a personnel management mistake on Avilas part. No harm would have been done waiting to see who might come available before deciding.

Either Avila was directed to do it by Illitch or he lacks in the foresight and planning areas of management.

Either way, it doesn't bode well.

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IMO, there was no advantage to endorsing Ausmus when Avila did. It was a personnel management mistake on Avilas part. No harm would have been done waiting to see who might come available before deciding.

Either Avila was directed to do it by Illitch or he lacks in the foresight and planning areas of management.

Either way, it doesn't bode well.

i'll give Avila the benefit of the doubt for not making Ausmus twist in the wind. I'm not shutting down the search for what's better yet.

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IMO, there was no advantage to endorsing Ausmus when Avila did. It was a personnel management mistake on Avilas part. No harm would have been done waiting to see who might come available before deciding.

Either Avila was directed to do it by Illitch or he lacks in the foresight and planning areas of management.

Either way, it doesn't bode well.

Can't disagree with this at all. I don't see any good way to look at this.

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IMO, there was no advantage to endorsing Ausmus when Avila did. It was a personnel management mistake on Avilas part. No harm would have been done waiting to see who might come available before deciding.

Either Avila was directed to do it by Illitch or he lacks in the foresight and planning areas of management.

Either way, it doesn't bode well.

Unless he had an idea Scoscia would do this and decided he didn't want him. Or played a 'what if' game either way. I'm sure he was aware of the clause.

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Can't disagree with this at all. I don't see any good way to look at this.

I can see a good way to look at it.

One could be that there are things we don't see that are positive about Ausmus, or conversations he has had with Al that demonstrate he has learned from his mistakes. But of course we don't see that so it would inherently be hard to see the positive of this.

Another is that this seems to me to a challenge by Al to ilitch and an instance of him standing up to Mike's emotional management of the franchise. This is a good thing. Ilitch wanted Ausmus gone.

Finally, by backing Ausmus, Al was able to instruct him to play more of the rookies and minor leaguers down the stretch, thereby ensuring the pick was protected. If Ausmus was still "managing for his job" so to speak, there is a good chance we field stronger lineups and maybe win an additional game or two. That would have been disastrous.

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Finally, by backing Ausmus, Al was able to instruct him to play more of the rookies and minor leaguers down the stretch, thereby ensuring the pick was protected. If Ausmus was still "managing for his job" so to speak, there is a good chance we field stronger lineups and maybe win an additional game or two. That would have been disastrous.

I think this might well be the right answer.

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As much as I dislike Ausmus, I hope they win the WS next year with him. I hope he signs a 6 year contract and wins several more championships.

Prove us wrong, Brad.

This is my feeling as well. I would love nothing more than to be proven dead wrong about Ausmus.

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