Angels pick Brad Ausmus to take over as next manager

first_imgThe Angels have hired Brad Ausmus as their first new manager in 19 years, replacing franchise icon Mike Scioscia, the club announced on Sunday.Ausmus, who had spent the past year as a special assistant to Angels general manager Billy Eppler, was signed to a three-year deal. He will be introduced as the 17th manager in club history at a press conference on Monday at Angel Stadium.Scioscia, whose 10-year contract concluded this year, announced he would not return following the end of the regular season.“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,” Eppler said in a statement released by the team. “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.” His first managing assignment came as the skipper of Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic qualifying round in 2012. They did not qualify for the tournament in 2013. Otherwise, he had been a special assistant in the Padres front office before taking the Tigers’ job.The Tigers announced just before the end of the 2017 season that he wouldn’t be back. He finished out the season anyway.The Angels then hired him as a special assistant to Eppler. Ausmus was in uniform throughout spring training, and he was with the team frequently during the year, even on the road. He regularly sat with Eppler during games at Angel Stadium.The composition of the rest of the major league coaching staff will be determined over the next few weeks.More to come on this story. “I always enjoyed the cerebral part,” Ausmus said upon being hired. “It was much more difficult to hit — that was the part of the game I didn’t really enjoy.”As a player, Ausmus spent 18 years as a big league catcher, starting with the Padres. He won three Gold Gloves during his 10 years with the Houston Astros, in two different stints. He also played for the Tigers, and he finished with the Dodgers in 2010.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Angels interviewed 10 candidates for the job, putting each through an eight- or nine-hour process that included a two-hour written test. The five other confirmed candidates were Angels special assistant Eric Chavez, Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, Tampa Bay Rays major league field coordinator Rocco Baldelli and longtime major league shortstop Omar Vizquel.Eppler said before the process that comfort and familiarity with analytics would be among the key components in picking the next manager.Ausmus, 49, returns for his second stint as a big league manager, after leading the Detroit Tigers from 2014 to 2017.Ausmus was 314-322 with the Tigers, including a division title in his first season. The Tigers were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the division series, coincidentally at the time same time the Angels were being swept by the Kansas City Royals in their previous playoff appearance.A Dartmouth graduate, Ausmus said when he was hired to manage the Tigers that he had embraced the analytical side of the game. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img

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