Last year was a trying season for the Oakland A's, who finished with the worst record in the American League at 60-102. It was a 26-win decline from 2021 for the A's, who lost more than 100 games for the first time since 1979.
Given the team's struggles last year, it's not surprising that a member of the coaching staff has decided to move on.
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Brad Ausmus, who served as Oakland's bench coach in 2022, has turned down the team's offer to return in 2023. According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Ausmus has higher aspirations of working behind the scenes in baseball operations.
Ausmus, 53, attended Dartmouth College and is regarded as one of the brighter minds in the game. He enjoyed a lengthy 18-year career as a catcher from 1993-2010, winning three Gold Gloves and making an All-Star team along the way.
The former backstop has served in various leadership roles since retiring. He was a field executive for the San Diego Padres from 2011-2013 before becoming manager of the Detroit Tigers from 2014-2017. He was special assistant to the GM for the Los Angeles Angels in 2018 before managing the team in 2019.
After getting his feet wet in a front-office role for the Angels, Ausmus is apparently seeking a similar position at the moment. Given his impressive resume, he shouldn't have too much trouble finding a job.