Friday, November 1, 2013

Could Brad Ausmus be a successful big league manager?

Brad Ausmus has been swirling around the hot stove lately. But not as a catcher, instead he is interviewing for different managerial jobs including the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, and the Detroit Tigers. The 44-year old 3-time Gold Glover has served in the Padres front office since the 2010 season. Ausmus spent 18 seasons in the major league compiling nearly 1600 career hits and hitting .251. He wasn't famous for his offense, but he was more famous for his defense being known as one of the smarter players in the game. He is 6th all-time in Total Zone Runs at 99 and 13th in Range Factor.

Many big league managers had playing experience as a catcher. Why? Because catchers need to know about the team. They are the "field general" as they manage the pitching staff and control the defense on the field. Leadership is an absolute must in a catcher as he needs to show confidence in his pitchers and his defense.

Ausmus has had no prior USA managerial experience but he was the manager for the Israel national team in the qualifiers for the 2013 World Baseball Classic where they lost in the pool finals to Spain.

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