Los Angeles Angels hire ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Brad Ausmus was named the Los Angeles Angels’ manager on Sunday, moving from the front office to the dugout to replace longtime skipper Mike Scioscia.
General manager Billy Eppler announced the hiring of Ausmus, who served as Eppler’s special assistant last season after four years as Detroit Tigers’ manager.
Ausmus got a three-year contract with L.A. and will be introduced at Angel Stadium today.
Scioscia had held the job since 2000, winning the Angels’ only World Series title and becoming the winningest manager in franchise history. He left the club earlier this month after 19 seasons and 1,650 victories.
But after finishing 80-82 for the second consecutive year, the Angels are coming off three straight losing seasons overall for the first time since 1992-94.
While both men had lengthy careers as big league catchers, the 49-year-old Ausmus likely represents a philosophical shift from Scioscia, who was widely perceived as an old-school manager despite his public embrace of new baseball mentalities.