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Brad Ausmus named manager of Los Angeles Angels

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The Angels have hired Brad Ausmus to replace Mike Scioscia as the team’s manager

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The Los Angeles Anaheim Angels have named Brad Ausmus as their new manager, replacing long-time manager Mike Scioscia, who was not brought back after the 2018 season. Ausmus, like Scioscia, was a long-time major league catcher with a reputation for being a strong defender and working well with pitchers.

Ausmus spent the 2018 season in the front office as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler. Ausmus was manager of the Detroit Tigers from 2014-17, finishing first in the division in 2014, but also finishing last in the division twice. The knock on Ausmus in Detroit was he was a bit too traditional in his strategy and decision-making. We shall see if, at the helm of Anaheim, that continues to be the case, or if he will adapt to a more forward-thinking way of operating.