By: Will Burchfield
Over 4 seasons as Tigers supervisor, Brad Ausmus was criticized for numerous issues — his bullpen administration, his loyalty to veteran gamers and his lack of fireside and brimstone, to call a number of.
He was additionally accused, at occasions, of being caught-up.
In his interactions with the media, Ausmus, a Dartmouth grad with a proclivity for sarcasm, might come throughout as one thing he wasn’t. His most notorious second got here when he jokingly stated he beats his spouse to deal with dropping.
In a current interview with Katie Strang of The Athletic, Ausmus, whose contract wasn’t renewed by the Tigers after the 2017 season, acknowledged his playful tone was typically misunderstood.
“I feel sarcasm doesn’t play properly with the media…Individuals assume I’m being conceited once I’m actually simply joking.”
This disconnect appears to be one thing he regrets.
Requested if it was irritating that his character didn’t come via, Ausmus stated, “Yeah, just a little bit, as a result of I’m not likely an conceited or egotistical individual in any respect. I’ve a really dry humorousness and I wish to make jokes. If individuals don’t get it, they take it the flawed approach.”
Ausmus wouldn’t say whether or not he feels he was handled pretty in Detroit, however agreed that the media was supportive greater than not.
He stated he “by no means actually received that feeling” that folks have been calling for his head.
Since parting methods with the Tigers, Ausmus, forty eight, has been dwelling at residence in Southern California together with his spouse and two daughters. He informed The Athletic he has determined to take a yr away from the baseball diamond.
Nonetheless, he intends to handle once more, the place his rigorously-crafted media persona will come again beneath the microscope.