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The Astros interviewed Brad Ausmus for their managing gig

Sep 21, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have interviewed former catcher Brad Ausmus for their managerial vacancy. This is an intriguing choice. Partially because he’s a former Astro, but mostly because he’d probably be a great selection.

Back when he was a player, Ausmus had a reputation for being one of the most prepared guys in the game. Even when his playing time tailed off at the end of his career, he kept detailed charts and scouting reports on opposing pitchers and hitters. He worked closely with his pitchers and his other teammates. There was a sense that he was already something of a co-manager/backup catcher.

He’s an extremely smart guy who, I bet, would gel really well with what seems to be a smart front office.

  1. kelshannon19 - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    So, naturally you post a picture of him in a Dodger uniform.

  2. tigers182 - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Ausmus will be an incredible manager. He basically managed the Tigers when he was a player in the late 90’s.

  3. Detroit Michael - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    After the Astros sign him as manager, they’ll trade him to the Tigers only to have the Tigers trade him back a few months later.

    • bloodysock - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      The Astros only trade with the Phillies.

  4. oms0004 - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    I apologize in advance for the lame fan-boy post, but…. Please make this happen, Astros.

    • hk62 - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Agree!! Would be an excellent choice – and could grow with the team. Catchers make excellent managers usually and he was one of the best for knowing how to beat the other guys. Make it happen!

  5. vanmorrissey - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Special Assistant coach with Padres now I believe managing team Israel for WBC. Intriguing hire if they decide to go with him.

  6. gaykegayden - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Update: Ausmus withdraws from consideration

  7. stex52 - Sep 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Sorry he didn’t decide to go to the Astros. He will do well with some team.

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