On Sunday, the Los Angeles Angels announced that baseball veteran Brad Ausmus will succeed Mike Scioscia as the Angels field manager. Scioscia, who had held the position since 2000, stepped down last month.
Ausmus spent 23 seasons as a Major League Baseball player, and earned a reputation as management material during his time with the Houston Astros. Most recently, he served as an assistant to the Angels general manager this year, and spent the previous four years as manager of the Detroit Tigers.
“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,” General Manager Billy Eppler said in a statement.
Ausmus was picked by the New York Yankees in the 47th round of the 1987 First Year Draft, and chose to alternate between attending Dartmouth College and playing minor league baseball in the Yankees farm system.
He graduated from Dartmouth and went to play professional ball, and in 2005, catching for Houston, he became the first Ivy League catcher to play in a World Series since Dartmouth’s Chief Meyers in 1916.
And he got revenge on the 1,150 players drafted ahead of him in 1987 by playing in more games than any of them, according to the Angels. His Major League career included time with San Diego (1993-96), Detroit (1996, 1999-2000), Houston (1997-1998, 2001-2007) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2009-2010).
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).
Ausmus and his wife Elizabeth have two daughters, Sophie and Abigail, and reside in Del Mar.
City News Service contributed to this story.