Begins first season as the Angels manager and second in the organization...Named the 17th different field manager in franchise history Oct. 21, 2018, replacing Mike Scioscia, who held the position since 2000...Marks second managerial stint at the Major League level... In 2018, joined the Angels front office as a Special Assistant to the General Manager...Served as the Detroit Tigers manager from 2014- 2017, guiding the Club to a 314-332 (.486) record, highlighted by a 90- 72 record and a postseason berth in his first year as manager in 2014... Was one of 11 managers in Tigers franchise history to win at least 300 games...Following playing career, served as a Special Assistant, Baseball Operations for the San Diego Padres from 2011-2013...Managed Team Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic (for more info, see Personal/ Misc. section).
In final season with the Tigers, Club posted a 64-98 (.395) record...Team finished in fifth place in the A.L. Central (-38) ... Notched 300th career victory as a manager Aug. 3 at Baltimore.
In third season with Tigers, Club finished the season with an 86-75 (.534) record, good for second in the A.L. Central (-8)...Tigers finished 2.5 games behind the Blue Jays for the second Wild Card berth ... Led Club to a 12-win improvement from the previous season.
Compiled a 74-87 (.460) record in second season as manager of the Tigers...Club finished in fifth place in the A.L. Central (-20.5) ... Recorded 100th managerial victory April 19th.
In first year at the helm of the Tigers, led Club to a 90-72 (.556) record, capturing the A.L. Central title...Joined Hughie Jennings (1907), Mickey Cochrane (1934) and Jim Leyland (2006) as the only managers in Tigers history to lead Club to a playoff berth as first-year managers ... Named the 37th manager in Tigers history on Nov. 3, 2013.
Three-time Gold Glove winner (2001, 2002, & 2003) played 18 seasons at the Major League level with the Padres (1993-96), Tigers (1996, 1999-2000), Astros (1997-98, 2001-07) and Dodgers (2009-10)...Saw action in eight postseasons, including two trips to the NLCS and one trip to the World Series ... A five-time leader as a catcher in field percentage, he currently ranks third all-time in putouts by a catcher (12,839), 10th in innings caught (15,840.2) and 11th in starts as a backstop (1,766) ... Spent 10 years as a member of the Astros and is the Club's all-time leader among catchers in games (1,259), hits (970) and runs scored (415)...Won all three Gold Gloves with Houston...In Game 4 of the '05 NLDS, homered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at six and send it into extra innings ... Houston won game in 18 innings with Ausmus catching 17 innings and playing one at first ... Tabbed as an All-Star in 1999 as a member of the Tigers...Game was played at Fenway Park...Entered the game in the 6th inning, replacing Ivan Rodriguez ... Made Major League debut June 24, 1993 with San Diego Padres ... Selected by Colorado from New York (A.L.) in the 1992 expansion draft...Traded to the Padres in July 1993 ... Originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 47th round of the 1987 First Year Draft...Elected to alternate between attending Dartmouth and playing minor league baseball...Served as a volunteer coach and bullpen catcher at Dartmouth ... Graduated with an A.B in Government...In 2005, became the first Ivy League catcher in play in the World Series since Dartmouth's Chief Meyers in 1916.
Managed Team Israel during the 2013 World Baseball Classic...Fellow coaches included Shawn Green, Gabe Kapler and Mark Loretta ... Club won its first two games to advance to the pool finals against Spain...Club fell in pool championship game 9-7 in 10 innings ... He and wife, Liz, have two daughters, Sophie and Abigail and reside in Del Mar, CA during the offseason.