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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus apologizes after 'I beat my wife' joke

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Brad Ausmus made an unfortunate joke on Wednesday.
Brad Ausmus made an unfortunate joke on Wednesday. (USATSI)

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The Tigers lost to the Royals on Wednesday afternoon (box score), their third straight loss and 20th in their last 29 games. They've gone from seven games up in the AL Central to 1.5 games back.

Following the game, during his usual media scrum, Detroit manager Brad Ausmus made an unfortunate and off-color joke. From James Schmehl of MLive.com:

When asked about his mood when he returns home after a Tigers' loss during their recent slump, Ausmus jokingly quipped: "I beat my wife."

"I'm just kidding," he quickly added before offering up a serious response.

"Luckily, my wife and kids are fantastic," he said. "I do get a little mopey at home, but my wife and kids are good. They've seen me be in a bad mood after a loss. They've been great."

Yikes. There aren't many worse things a Major League manager could say to a group of reporters. Thankfully, Ausmus quickly apologized:

"I didn't want to make light of battered women," Ausmus said. "I didn't mean to make light of it, so I apologize if that offended anyone. Next question. Sorry."

Ausmus is in his first season as a manager but that isn't something you can write off as a rookie mistake. He played long enough in the big leagues to know that's not something he should say.

I'm glad Ausmus realized his mistake and quickly apologized. Hopefully he'll choose his words more carefully in the future.

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