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The Detroit Tigers have fired Al Avila as general manager after eight seasons.
The Tigers were set up for improvement after the 2021 season, which finished 77-85 in third place in the AL Central with some hope.
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They included shortstop Javier Baez and pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez, Andrew Chaffin and Michael Pineda in what appeared to be a successful offseason.
However, the Tigers currently have the third-worst winning percentage in all of baseball.
“I want to restore our momentum and make progress toward building a winning team, and I’m motivated to find talented executives to help us do that,” said CEO and President Christopher Ilitch. said in a statement. “He enters an organization with many fundamentals and an exciting path forward. Tigers fans deserve winning teams, and I am very focused and committed to delivering that to the people of Detroit and Michigan.”
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Avila joined the organization in 2002 as an assistant GM to Dave Dombrowski, who was the team’s general manager until 2015. When the Tigers didn’t bring him back, they promoted Avila to the position.
“For nearly 22 years, I have given my heart and soul to this franchise … I want the results this season to be great but I know there is a lot to look forward to in the coming years,” Avila said in his statement. own
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The Tigers did not make the postseason during Avila’s tenure with the team after playing October baseball every year from 2011 to 2014.