The Los Angeles Angels hire Brad Ausmus as their new team manager after parting ways with longtime skipper, Mike Scioscia.
Scioscia had held the job since the 2000 season, winning the Angels’ only World Series title and becoming the winningest manager in franchise history. He left the club earlier this month after 19 seasons and 1,650 victories. Scioscia was previously the longest running manager in the MLB before leaving the team at the end of this season.
Ausmus was previously working for the team’s front office as he served as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler. Eppler made the announcement in a statement released Sunday morning without disclaiming the terms of the manager’s new contract.
“Ultimately, Brad’s balance of connectivity, communication and leadership skills as well as his understanding of evolving strategies and probabilistic approach to decision-making led us to him,” Eppler said in a statement. “We believe his knowledge, drive and growth-mindset will allow him to integrate seamlessly with our players and staff and will be pivotal in advancing our culture and moving us toward our goals as an organization.”
Before joining the Angels’ front office, Ausmus spent four seasons as the Detroit Tigers’ manager from 2014 to 2017. The Tigers won 90 games and the AL Central during his first season, but went just 314-332 in his tenure. His contract wasn’t renewed after the Tigers went 64-98 in 2017, embarking on a franchise rebuild during the season.
The Angels were looking to shake things up following a third consesecutive losing season in 2018. Los Angeles’ last trip to the postseason ended with three losses in 2014 and were the only playoff games the Angles have played in their last nine seasons.
Ausmus will be introduced during a press conference set to be held at Angel Stadium on Monday.