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Brad Ausmus didn’t get Red Sox job, but “was outstanding” in interview

Oct 23, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

Brad Ausmus AP

Brad Ausmus was one of the candidates to interview with the Red Sox before they traded for John Farrell to take over as manager.

Ausmus previously withdrew his name from consideration for the Astros job, but the Connecticut native saw managing in Boston as an ideal opportunity. “I grew up a Red Sox fan, I still have family in New England, and I own a house on the Cape, so there was a special connection there,” Ausmus said, via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Cafardo talked to a team source who said Ausmus “was outstanding” during the interview, coming in “very detailed both verbally and with written material” and with a coaching staff in mind. And it sounds like he may have been the Red Sox’s pick if general manager Ben Cherington didn’t have his heart set on Farrell the whole time.

Ausmus will go back to being a special assistant with the Padres, but clearly he’s interested in managing and it would be surprising if he doesn’t land a gig soon.

  1. legacybroken - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    If the Tigers win the series and Leyland decides to pull a LaRussa and retire on top. I’d love for my Tigers to give him a look.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Farrell was outstanding in his original interview with the Jays; however, he has yet to prove himself as a major league manager. Some people are very good at interviews, but fall a tad short when they have to make real time decisions.

    • professorperry - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      And some people are better in their second managerial job.

  3. stex52 - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    He’s very popular in Houston. I’m sorry he didn’t give them harder consideration. But since he has houses in San Diego and New England, I imagine it’s a third coast problem. Too bad.

    He will do very well somewhere. The guy is hard nosed and very bright.

  4. soxfan1966 - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Personally, I think the Red Sox should have gone with Ausmus rather than Farrell, but that’s water under the bridge now. Torey Lovullo seems to be the front-runner for bench coach, but it maight be smart for the Sox to ask Ausmus if he’d be interested in that job with an eye toward grooming him for the next time the opening comes up (which could be sooner rather than later).

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      Regarding Louvello. Wish him well, He was a decent First Base coach and outfield coach in Toronto, but he just seemed to be one of the least important members of the coaching staff.

    • hsven1887 - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      You can’t put the successor in a position at the club, it would undermine in current manager.

  5. pisano - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    He doesn’t realize what a favor Boston did for him, not to knock Boston, but there’s a lot of chaos there and it’s going to be hard for the new manager to get things going in the right direction. Valentine was doomed from the start by slandering his own players, kind of like biting the hand that’s feeding you,not a very bright thing to do.

    • belichickrulz - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      That’s the problem with MLB in general and the Red Sox in particular. Valentine (or any manager) should be the boss, period. But too often the inmates run the asylum because of guaranteed contracts. Another example where the NFL gets it right and everybody else fails.

      • cur68 - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        Interesting narrative. “Too often the inmates run the asylum and its because of guaranteed contracts”, eh? So, aside from the Red Sox what are the other teams in disarray like this? There are 29 other teams in baseball and I can’t think of one of them in this mess. Perhaps, instead of some trenchant problem with MLB what we had here was a doofus manager slagging his players, clashing with his coaches, &, as a result, being openly loathed by all (fans, media, players, coaches, The French & tourists in general). This is on Bobby Valentine, the Sox FO for hiring him over Cherington’s head, and the media for shit-storming it.

        How about this line of reasoning: MLB is enjoying labour peace, producing a high quality product, making money, drawing fans, not creating young crippled athletes at a brisk clip, NOT resorting to fighting with its league officials over a few bucks, and growing its brand. What happened in Boston is what happens when some smart Alec with a fat wallet and a big ego thinks they know better than an expert. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with guaranteed contracts or the NFL being better.

  6. edelmanfanclub - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I’m happy with Farrell but Ausmus was one of my favoritestoo. He will be hired somewhere. Maybe Toronto? If so the AL East in 2013 is going to be wild. Can’t wait.

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