After interview with Cubs, Brad Ausmus headed to Detroit

After interview with Cubs, Brad Ausmus headed to Detroit
November 2, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Tony Andracki

The short list of finalists to become the next Cubs manager is dwindling.

Reports surfaced Saturday night the Detroit Tigers intend to hire Brad Ausmus as their new manager Sunday:






The Cubs brought Ausmus to Chicago Friday for an interview, but they are content taking their time in the search to replace Dale Sveum, who was fired a month ago. After interviewing Ausmus last week, the Tigers moved quick, replacing Jim Leyland not even two weeks after the legendary manager stepped down.

Ausmus, 44, has never managed in the big leagues, but drew acclaim through his 18-year MLB career as a cerebral player with solid leadership abilities. He could follow in the footsteps of other former catchers-turned-managers like Joe Girardi (New York Yankees) or Mike Matheny (St. Louis Cardinals).

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The Cubs are still focusing on Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and a pool of candidates that includes San Diego Padres coach Rick Renteria and former Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge.





The Cubs are expected to make a final decision sometime in the next week-to-10 days.