Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Report: Barry Larkin declined interview invitation for Tigers managerial job

Barry Larkin reportedly contemplated interviewing for the Detroit Tigers managerial job after receiving an invitation from GM Dave Dombrowski.

Larkin initially expressed interest in the job when talking with Dombrowski during the World Series, but after giving it some thought, the Cincinnati native and Hall of Fame shortstop decided that now wasn't the best time, and removed his name from the candidate pool on Oct. 29.

"Barry called back and said, 'You know, I'm really not at the point in my life where I can give you that,'" Dombrowski said. "Even though he had thought about doing it, he said, 'I really can't do it.'

"I said, 'Barry, I appreciate it.' I appreciate him even considering it, but it just wasn't the right time for him."

It was the right time for Brad Ausmus, though, who was officially announced as the new Tigers skipper on Monday. Ausmus replaces the legendary Jim Leyland after the latter chose to retire at season's end.

Larkin may not have beat out Ausmus for the gig, but it certainly would have been interesting how he would have fared. Larkin managed Team Brazil in the most recent World Baseball Classic and was once rumored to be a candidate to replace Dusty Baker as Reds manager. But reports seem to suggest Larkin's former club never reached out to him. The Reds eventually went with pitching coach Bryan Price, instead.

At age 49, there is still plenty of time left for Larkin to pursue a managerial career, and who knows, he may even take over the reigns of the Reds one day.

Via MLive

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