Former Tigers manager reportedly in mix for Astros job

According to multiple reports, former Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is among the candidates being considered for the next manager of the Houston Astros.
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In January, Ausmus was a finalist to be the Astros’ general manager, but the position was ultimately given to Dana Brown from the Atlanta Braves.

The Astros are in need of a new manager as Dusty Baker, a veteran MLB manager, recently announced his retirement following the team’s loss in the American League Championship Series.
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Ausmus, who played for Houston from 1997-1998 and 2001-2008, spent a significant portion of his 18 big-league seasons with the Astros.

Despite having no prior coaching or managing experience, Ausmus was hired by the Tigers in 2014 to replace Jim Leyland. The Tigers made the playoffs that year but were ultimately eliminated in the first round. Ausmus was relieved of his duties after the 2017 season with a record of 314-332.

Ausmus had a brief stint as the manager of the Los Angeles Angels in 2019 before being let go after posting a 72-90 record.

Since then, Ausmus has been in the running for other managerial positions, including interviewing for the New York Mets before the 2022 season, but the job was ultimately awarded to Buck Showalter.
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Ausmus served as the bench coach for the Oakland Athletics in 2022 but decided not to return in 2023 in order to explore other opportunities.

Other potential candidates mentioned by for the Astros’ managerial position include Houston bench coach Joe Espada, Diamondbacks bench coach Jeff Banister, and Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Rodney Linares.
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