44 Facts About Brad Ausmus


Bradley David Ausmus is an American former professional baseball manager, catcher, and current bench coach of the Oakland Athletics in Major League Baseball.

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Brad Ausmus was the manager of the Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, and of the Israel national baseball team.

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Brad Ausmus then had an 18-year major league playing career with the San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Five-time league-leader at catcher in fielding percentage, Brad Ausmus led the league twice each in range factor and in percentage caught stealing, and once each in putouts and assists.

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Brad Ausmus ranked first all-time among all Jewish major leaguers in career games played, fifth in hits, and eighth in runs batted in.

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Brad Ausmus was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Brad Ausmus worked in the Padres' front office as a special assistant from 2010 to 2013.

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In November 2013, Brad Ausmus became the 38th manager in the history of the Detroit Tigers, succeeding Jim Leyland, a position that he held for four years.

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Brad Ausmus is Jewish, and was born in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Brad Ausmus' mother was raised in a Jewish household, and he said in an interview that those values were instilled in him.

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Brad Ausmus was a star in baseball at Cheshire High School; as a freshman he was a teammate of National Hockey League defenseman Brian Leetch, who was then a pitcher on the school's Connecticut state championship team in 1984.

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Brad Ausmus was named to the All-State team both his junior and senior years.

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Brad Ausmus was a standout athlete in high school as a basketball guard.

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Brad Ausmus initially declined to sign with the New York Yankees after the 1987 draft in which the team picked him in the 48th round, instead choosing to pursue another childhood dream, that of attending Dartmouth College.

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In 2005, Brad Ausmus became the first Ivy League catcher to play in the World Series since Dartmouth's Chief Meyers in 1916.

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Brad Ausmus was one of six Ivy Leaguers on major league rosters at the beginning of the 2009 season.

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Brad Ausmus spent five years in the Yankees' minor league system with the Gulf Coast Yankees, Oneonta Yankees, Prince William Cannons, Albany-Colonie Yankees, and Columbus Clippers.

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Brad Ausmus was selected by the Colorado Rockies with the 54th pick of the 1992 expansion draft.

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Brad Ausmus spent less than a year in the Colorado organization before he was traded to the San Diego Padres with Andy Ashby and Doug Bochtler for Bruce Hurst and Greg Harris in July 1993.

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Brad Ausmus made his major league debut two days later, when he started for the Padres against the Chicago Cubs, and had a single in three at bats.

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Brad Ausmus was hit by pitches 14 times, sixth in the league and a career high.

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Brad Ausmus batted leadoff for the Tigers seven times, the first catcher since Bruce Kimm in 1976 to do so.

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Brad Ausmus caught 15 innings, and played 3 innings at first base.

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Brad Ausmus, lauded for his baseball smarts and highly regarded by teammates, was widely considered managerial material once his playing career ended.

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Brad Ausmus won the 2007 Darryl Kile Award "for integrity and courage", presented annually by local chapters of the Baseball Writers' Association of America to players on the Astros and St Louis Cardinals.

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In May 2008, Brad Ausmus was one of only four active major league players who had played at least 10 years in the majors without ever going on the disabled list.

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Brad Ausmus was one of only eight catchers in major league history to get 1,500 hits and steal at least 100 bases.

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Brad Ausmus was Houston's all-time leader for catchers as of 2010 with 1,259 games, 1,119 starts, 970 hits, and 415 runs.

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On January 26,2009, Brad Ausmus agreed to a 1-year, $1 million deal to be a back-up catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Brad Ausmus had never been on the disabled list in his 17-year career, giving him the most consecutive seasons of not going on the DL among all active players.

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Brad Ausmus became a free agent after the 2009 season, and on January 26,2010, he agreed to a one-year, $850,000 deal to return to the Dodgers for his 18th major league season.

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Brad Ausmus exhibited superior range at catcher compared to the league average each season in his career.

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Brad Ausmus was known for his strong arm, quick release, nimble footwork, deft framing of pitches, and smart handling of pitchers, as well as being able to block pitches very well.

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Brad Ausmus made his franchise-record eighth Opening Day start at catcher for the Astros in 2007, breaking a tie with Alan Ashby.

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Brad Ausmus held that position until the 2013 season, when he departed to become the manager of the Detroit Tigers.

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On November 3,2013, Brad Ausmus was named the 38th manager in the history of the Detroit Tigers, succeeding Jim Leyland.

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Shortly after the 2016 season concluded, the Tigers announced they would exercise the fourth-year option on Brad Ausmus's contract, keeping him as manager for the 2017 season.

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Brad Ausmus had his pitchers issue 42 intentional walks, the most in the AL.

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Brad Ausmus finished his stint with the Tigers with a record of 314 wins and 332 losses in the regular season.

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Brad Ausmus was a special assistant to Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler for the 2018 season.

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On October 21,2018, Brad Ausmus was named the 17th manager in the history of the Los Angeles Angels, replacing Mike Scioscia.

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Brad Ausmus signed a three-year contract, but was dismissed after the conclusion of the 2019 season.

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On January 14,2022, Brad Ausmus was named the bench coach for the Oakland Athletics.

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Brad Ausmus managed the Israel national baseball team in the Qualification Round to the 2013 World Baseball Classic from May 2012 through their series in September 2012.

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