When Bob Melvin left his position as the Oakland Athletics manager in late 2021 to join the San Diego Padres, he also took former bench coach Ryan Christenson with him. Fortunately for A's fans, it looks like the club has already found Christenson's replacement and it's a former MLB All-Star.
Former catcher Brad Ausmus is expected to be named Oakland's new bench coach, according to MLB insider Jon Heyman. The former three-time Gold Glove winner was recently the Los Angeles Angels manager until he was let go after the 2019 season.
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Ausmus' potential signing is just the latest when it comes to ex-players taking over coaching positions. This isn't new territory for him, though. Ausmus has managed 808 games between the Angeles and Detroit Tigers, going 386-422 (.478) over that stretch.
During his playing career, Ausmus was known for being one of the better defensive catchers of his time. It'll be interesting to see what his influence is on an Athletics team that finished with the 12th-fewest runs against in 2021.
Only time will tell what kind of success new manager Mark Kotsay, Ausmus and the staff have in store for the franchise in 2022. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently listing the A's as having +7000 odds (T-20th) to win this year's World Series.
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