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Angels Name Brad Ausmus as Field Manager

Becomes 17th Different Manager in Club History

The Los Angeles Angels today formally named Brad Ausmus the club's new Field Manager in an announcement by General Manager Billy Eppler. He becomes the 17th different field manager in club history, replacing Mike Scioscia, who held the position since 2000. As per club policy, no terms of the contract will be released. 

The club will host an introductory press conference with Ausmus, Angels owner Arte Moreno and General Manager Billy Eppler in the Lexus Diamond Club at Angel Stadium on Monday, October 22nd, at 1:00 p.m. Media interested in covering the event can enter through the Media Entrance located at Gate 3. All attending media are asked to RSVP to the Angels Communications department prior to Monday's event.

The Los Angeles Angels today formally named Brad Ausmus the club's new Field Manager in an announcement by General Manager Billy Eppler. He becomes the 17th different field manager in club history, replacing Mike Scioscia, who held the position since 2000. As per club policy, no terms of the contract will be released. 

The club will host an introductory press conference with Ausmus, Angels owner Arte Moreno and General Manager Billy Eppler in the Lexus Diamond Club at Angel Stadium on Monday, October 22nd, at 1:00 p.m. Media interested in covering the event can enter through the Media Entrance located at Gate 3. All attending media are asked to RSVP to the Angels Communications department prior to Monday's event.

"Over the past few weeks, our baseball operations personnel sat down with numerous highly-qualified and impressive candidates for our managerial role. We are thankful to all of them for their time and effort throughout the process," Angels General Manager Billy Eppler said. "Ultimately, Brad's balance of connectivity, communication and leadership skills as well as his understanding of evolving strategies and probabilistic approach to decision making led us to him. We believe his knowledge, drive and growth-mindset will allow him to integrate seamlessly with our players and staff and will be pivotal in advancing our culture and moving us toward our goals as an organization."

Ausmus, 49, served as an Assistant to the General Manager for the Angels in 2018. The native of New Haven, CT takes over the managerial role following 23 seasons of professional baseball as a player and four as manager of the Detroit Tigers (2014-2017).  

Ausmus was named the 38th manager in the history of the Tigers on November 3, 2013. He became the 14th manager in Tigers history to have also played at the Major League level for Detroit, joining among others Alan Trammell, Billy Martin, Fred Hutchinson, Mickey Cochrane and Ty Cobb. In his first year at the helm, he guided the Tigers to a 90-72 record and a Central division title in 2014. Two years later Detroit would finish 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. He finished with a 314-332 record during his tenure with the Tigers.  

A standout prep performer at Cheshire High School (CT), Ausmus played shortstop and batted .327 as a sophomore before converting to a catcher as a junior and hitting .436. During his senior season recorded a .411 average and was named the Cheshire Area High School Player of the Year. In addition, he was named to the All-State team both his junior and senior years. During his high school career, he was also a solid performer as a guard on the basketball team.

Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 47th round of the 1987 First Year Draft, he chose to alternate between attending Dartmouth College and playing minor league baseball. He served as a volunteer coach and bullpen catcher at Dartmouth. During his collegiate career he graduated with an A.B. in Government. In 2005 he became the first Ivy League catcher to play in a World Series since Dartmouth's Chief Meyers in 1916. He would eventually play in more games than any of the 1,150 players drafted ahead of him.

Ausmus played five seasons in the Yankees minor league system prior to being selected by the Colorado Rockies organization in the 1992 expansion draft. He spent less than a year in the organization prior to being traded to the San Diego Padres in July, 1993. Two days following the transaction, he made his Major League debut on July 28.

His Major League career included time with San Diego (1993-96), Detroit (1996, 1999-2000), Houston (1997-1998, 2001-2007) and Los Angeles (2009-2010). A five-time leader as a catcher in fielding percentage, Ausmus ranks third all-time among catchers with 12,839 putouts, is 10th with 15,840.2 innings played and 11th with 1,766 games started. He was selected as a Gold Glove recipient with Houston in 2001, 2002 and 2006. He remains the Astros all-time leader among catchers in nearly every offensive category, including games played (1,259), hits (970), runs scored (415) and RBI (386).

Ausmus made five post-season appearances as a player, including two trips to the National League Championship Series (2004, 2005) and one to the World Series (2005). In Game 4 of the '05 NLDS, he homered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at six and send it into extra innings. Houston went on to win in the 18th during a game in which Ausmus caught 17 innings and played one at first. It remains the longest game in post-season history. He was also a member of the 1999 American League All-Star team as a member of the Detroit Tigers.

Following his playing career and prior to taking over in Detroit, Ausmus also served as a special assistant in the Padres front office from 2010-2013.

Ausmus and his wife Elizabeth have two daughters, Sophie and Abigail and reside in Del Mar, CA.

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