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Bradley David Ausmus
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 195 lb.
- Schools Dartmouth College
- High School Cheshire High School
- Debut July 28, 1993
- Final Game October 3, 2010
- Born April 14, 1969 in New Haven, CT USA
 Biographical Information
Brad Ausmus ranks 7th on the all-time list of major league catchers in games caught. A very durable and cerebral receiver, he retired at age 41, after 18 major league seasons -- having appeared in over 1,900 games at catcher.
Brad was born in New Haven, CT and attended high school in Connecticut. Although Ausmus attended Dartmouth College, he never played on the baseball team because he had already been drafted and signed in 1987 by the New York Yankees. He was only a 48th round draft pick, he began playing in the minors in 1988. He played six seasons in the minors, mostly in the New York Yankees organization. The Colorado Rockies took him in the expansion draft along with 2 other catchers would be future big league managers Joe Girardi and Eric Wedge. Ausmus started the 1993 season with the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox but was traded to the San Diego Padres on July 26 with Doug Bochtler and a player to be named later (Andy Ashby) for Bruce Hurst and Greg Harris. He made his major league debut only days after the trade.
A big favorite of former Tigers GM Randy Smith, he spent two tours with Detroit.. After several years with the Padres, Ausmus was traded to the Detroit Tigers and spent half of the 1996 season with them. Detroit traded him to Houston and he spent 1997-98 with the Houston Astros. Houston traded him back to Smith and the Tigers for 1999-2000. After the 2000 season the Tigers traded him back to Houston, where he spent 2001-08.
Ausmus had been heavily used by his teams. Although a catcher, he had 400+ plate appearances each year from 1996-2006, and 300+ plate appearances from 1994-2007. Not typically a strong hitter, he batted .295 for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009 at age 40.
After retiring, Ausmus became a special assistant to the GM for the San Diego Padres in 2011. In 2012, Ausmus was named manager of the Israel national baseball team for the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, to be held in Jupiter, FL. He said that he would build the team around current and former major leaguers of Jewish background, with players such as Shawn Green, Gabe Kapler and Josh Satin as well as prospects like Cody Decker, Nate Freiman and Joc Pederson. The team failed to qualify for the tournament losing in the finals of its qualifier to Spain (which had even fewer authentic Spaniards than Israel had Israelis, 3 to 2). After the loss re returned to his role with the Padres.
 Notable Achievements
- AL All-Star (1999)
- 3-time NL Gold Glove Winner (2001, 2002 & 2006)
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