DETROIT — The Tigers on Wednesday parted ways with vice president/general manager Al Avila, who led the team through a difficult rebuild but paid the price for a disappointing 2022 season. Sam Menzin, vice president and assistant GM, will continue as the day-to-day point of contact for the baseball operations department, the club announced.
“I think heading into the season, all of us at the ballclub — that would include the players, front office and I think many of you, if not all of you — had high expectations and excitement for the season,” Tigers chairman and CEO Christopher Ilitch said in a press conference. “Unfortunately, we did not see progress this season at the Major League level, and it’s a big reason why I decided it’s time to make a change.”
It’s the end of an era for the Tigers and Avila, who has been part of the organization since 2002. Ilitch said that he made the decision within the past few days and informed Avila earlier in the day. Instead of waiting for season’s end, Ilitch decided to make the move now and get a head start on the hiring process.
“At this point in time, enough of the season has occurred and we’ve played enough games to where I feel as though we just have not seen progress this year,” he said. “And I’ve been very clear year in and year out: We need to make progress…