There's no conspiracy. For the last few years Leyland's operated under a 1 year contract, he says it was his choice, who knows... but this isn't a big surprise to me. He's very straightforward.
As for Ausmus... who else are you going to get? I like it as a Tiger fan. There's no other obvious candidate. If this happened a year ago then Francona would be the manager. All you have to do is look at the World Series teams.
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