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Ausmus' unique route to the MLB
Brad Ausmus, who has over 20 years of MLB experience between his playing and coaching career, is returning to managing after a year as a special assistant to Angels GM Billy Eppler.
After getting drafted in the 47th round of the 1987 draft by the New York Yankees, Ausmus refused to sign because he wanted to attend Dartmouth College. Eventually, Ausmus was allowed to do both as he played with the Yankees when school was out of session.
Ausmus the player
After five years in the Yankees' minor league system, Ausmus was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the expansion draft, and soon thereafter, was traded to the San Diego Padres, where he made his Major League debut.
Ausmus eventually went on to be the first Ivy League catcher since 1916 to play in a World Series when his Houston Astros lost to the Chicago White Sox in 2005. Prior to playing with the Astros, Ausmus played on the Padres and Detroit Tigers, then returned to the Tigers after the Astros, then went back to the Tigers, and then he finished his career in the 2009-10 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ausmus the manager
Ausmus quickly made the shift to the front office, working as a special assistant for the Padres for four years before being named manager for the Tigers in 2013, where he stayed until 2017. This marked only the seventh Jewish manager in MLB history. Ausmus comes from a Jewish mother and Protestant father, and although they were not religious, Ausmus coached the Israeli baseball team as they tried to qualify for the World Baseball Classic. Soon thereafter is when he became the Tigers manager.
The new Angels' skipper
From there, Ausmus became the special assistant to the Los Angeles Angels general manager, Billy Eppler, and is now transitioning into his role as the new manager after Mike Scioscia's retirement. He signed a three-year contract and says he is ready to get to work.