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Red Sox managerial candidate profile: Brad Ausmus

10.17.12 at 1:20 pm ET
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With the Red Sox now conducting first-round interviews to fill the managerial vacancy created by the firing of Bobby Valentine after the season, WEEI.com will offer a profile of each candidate who takes part of the process. Other candidates reviewed: Tim Wallach, Tony Pena.

Candidate: Brad Ausmus

Age: 43

Current position: Padres special assistant to the GM

Interview date: Oct. 17

Prior managerial experience:

  • 2012 Team Israel (World Baseball Classic); 2-1 record
  • Served as Dodgers’ acting manager for one game at the end of both the 2009 and 2010 seasons; 1-1 record

Additional coaching experience:

  • None

Playing career:

  • 18 seasons (1993-2010) — Padres (4 seasons), Tigers (3 seasons), Astros (10 seasons), Dodgers (2 seasons)
  • 1999 All-Star
  • Three-time Gold Glove winner at catcher
  • 1,971 games: .251/.325/.344/.669, 80 HR, 607 RBI, 75 OPS+

Noteworthy:

  • Hired by Padres as special assistant to GM in Nov. 2010, in which capacity he worked with Padres GMs Jed Hoyer and Josh Byrnes, both of whom served as assistant GMs in Boston under Theo Epstein
  • Interviewed in September for Astros managerial opening but then withdrew from consideration
  • Graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in government
  • Connecticut native
  • Selected in the 48th round of 1987 draft by Yankees

Quotes:

  • Ausmus to MLB.com in 2010 on the idea of a managerial career path, and why he didn’t necessarily think that minor league experience was necessary: “In the minor leagues, a lot of the decision-making is out of the manager’s hands. The organization wants certain guys to play. They dictate at-bats, innings pitched, pitch counts. Development is the top order in the minor leagues, whereas winning is the most important in the major leagues.”Coaching in the major leagues — third base, pitching coach, hitting coach and just being around the manager in the dugout as part of the process — might be the more prudent way to prepare for major league managing. The last two years, being a part-time player behind [Russell Martin] — which is the extreme of being a backup catcher — allowed me to be on the bench and watch [Joe Torre] and to ask questions of [bench coach] Bob Schaefer or Donnie [Mattingly] or Larry Bowa and to learn more about the game.”
  • One major league talent evaluator and longtime acquaintance of Ausmus: “I can’t speak highly enough about Brad as a managerial candidate. I’ve sat at many games with him, talking about situations from a game management standpoint. The way he breaks down players, both mentally and physically, he already sees that part of the game. He’s got such good feel for the game, playing it for as long as he did, but he can look at it through a different lens, too, not just as a player. He can look at it through the lens of a front office guy. He can look at it through the lens of if he was managing the player. He can look at it through the lens of if he was purely a scout. He’s got this rare combination. To me, he’s got so many traits that will serve him well if and when he decides to do it. It’s a slam dunk that he’s going to manage in the major leagues. It’s really just when he wants to do it.”
  • The same evaluator suggested that Ausmus would need to learn the administrative aspects of managing and might face an adjustment to both the time management requirements and, in Boston, the volume of media covering the team. As such, Ausmus likely would need a veteran bench coach with experience running spring training to help him with some of the logistics of the job. Still, the evaluator raved about Ausmus’ skill set: “Would he be a great manager right off the bat? I don’€™t know. Especially in that environment. But he has all the ingredients you’€™re looking for ‘€“ from game management to managing players to how to interact with the superstars, the rookies, the foreign guys, how to interact with the media, game management ‘€“ he has everything you’€™d want to find in a manager. … Dealing with the players, running the game, running pitchers and a pitching staff, those things are going to come so naturally to him. The actual management of the game and the management of the clubhouse I think are going to be really strong areas for him immediately.”
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