Tuesday afternoon, after a stunning and sweeping announcement, Avila was announced as the new general manager and team president of the Detroit Tigers. In the blink of an eye, mainstay Dave Dombrowski was ousted.
"I'm very excited for this opportunity," Avila told reporters in a news conference at Comerica Park. "Mr. Ilitch called me on Saturday afternoon, he called me and offered me the job on Saturday afternoon."
Such is always the case in baseball. One era always ends as quickly another begins. Avila, Dombrowski's top assistant, is the new boss, a turn of events he admitted was a bit odd and challenging considering his long personal history with the former general manager.
"It's with mixed emotions, I worked with Dave for 24 years and we're good friends. But at the same time, after 24 years, 14 years in this organization, I think that I'm uniquely qualified and I'm prepared to do this. I've been waiting for a long time," Avila said.Read more... Join the Conversation...