DETROIT -- One of Tigers manager Brad Ausmus' first hires to his coaching staff last fall was Dave Clark, plucking him from the Astros after he was replaced on Bo Porter's staff. Now that Porter has been dismissed, speculation includes Clark as a potential candidate, and Clark would be interested in a return as manager.
So far, there has been no contact, according to Clark. If the Astros call, Clark would listen.
"It's something that I would definitely entertain," Clark said. "If something like that does come up, I would hope that it would be after my season is over here. We're in the middle of a pennant race, and my whole concentration is to help us to get there and win a championship. But it's always intriguing to have your name mentioned as a possible managerial candidate. It's definitely something I would entertain."
The 52-year-old Clark spent nearly a decade with the Astros, including 13 games as the Astros' interim manager at the end of the 2009 season. He served as third-base coach from 2009-12 under Cecil Cooper and Brad Mills before moving to first-base coach under Porter last year.
Clark managed in the Minors for six seasons, including four years in the Astros' system at Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Round Rock. With that history, and with players emerging that he coached at some point, he admits he still follows the Astros.
"I spent the last eight, nine years there, and five of them were at the big league level," Clark said. "You can't help but follow because there are some guys over there that I was, say, maybe a part of their development. I was there for a long time, so it's something that I look at now and then, especially when they're playing teams in our division when I want [the Astros] to beat them."
Whether it's the Astros or elsewhere, Clark said he'd like the chance to manage somewhere in the big leagues someday.
"When you do it for so long [in the Minors], you feel like you can do it," he said. "At some point, I hope I get an opportunity. But right now, I'm enjoying being the Detroit Tigers' third-base coach."
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