After much speculation, the Detroit Tigers have named Jim Leyland’s successor, and it’s Brad Ausmus. The three-time Gold Glove catcher’s 18 year career ended in 2010 with the Dodgers. In 1999, during his second stint with the Tigers, he earned a spot on the All-Star team. Ausmus managed the Israeli national team in 2012 in a failed bid to get into the World Baseball Classic.
Brad Ausmus with Israel’s president, Shimon Peres
Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv (flickr)
The Tigers hiring Ausmus reminds us of when Hank Greenberg first came to the Motor City and the Jewish community was kvelling to have the Bronx slugger in its midst. Ausmus should be prepared for loads of invitations for dinners and events. As a former catcher I am sure that Ausmus will catch all the kudos with grace.
Good luck to Ausmus and the Tigers – hopefully they can build the Tigers’s recent successes into a championship. You can read more at JTA.