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Brad Ausmus, Kirk Gibson candidates to replace Jim Leyland

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03:22 PM ET 10.21 | The Detroit Tigers are already compiling a list of potential replacements for skipper Jim Leyland, who announced he will step down as the team's manager Monday. Kirk Gibson, skipper of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and former Tigers catcher Brad Ausmus are both on the team's list of potential replacements. However, Gibson is under contract in Arizona next season, and the Diamondbacks are not expected to allow him to talk with Detroit, despite his ties to the area and the team. The duo will likely be joined by two former big league managers, Gene Lamont or Lloyd McClendon, both of whom have worked on Leyland's coaching staff for the last eight years, according to Knobler.

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October 22, 2013  07:37 PM ET

Detroit burned Gibby and Tram big time -- there's no way in Hades either of those two will return to the D while Dombrowski is GM and/or Ilich owns the team.

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