Brad Ausmus returns to the MLB, this time as bench coach of the Yankees

Brad Ausmus, the new bench coach of the Yankees.

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It’s official! The New York Yankees have hired Brad Ausmus to be their new bench coach, following the departure of Carlos Mendoza, who was recently named manager of the Mets.

Yankees hire Brad Ausmus as bench coach

Ausmus, a former big league catcher and manager, brings a wealth of experience to the Yankees dugout. He played in the major leagues from 1993 to 2010, after which he quickly transitioned into coaching. In 2014, he was named manager of the Detroit Tigers, a position he held until 2017.

Following his stint with the Tigers, Ausmus served as a special assistant to Angels general manager Billy Eppler before returning to the dugout as manager in 2019. However, after just one season with the Angels, in which the team went 72-90, he was fired.

In 2022, Ausmus joined the Oakland Athletics as a bench coach, providing first-time manager Mark Kotsay with an experienced lieutenant. He did not return to that role for the 2023 season, reportedly seeking a front-office position. He was considered for the general manager vacancy with the Houston Astros, but the job ultimately went to Dana Brown.

Ausmus’s hiring marks the first time in recent years that the Yankees have had a new bench coach. Mendoza had held the position for the past four seasons before taking over as manager of the Mets. The Yankees also made a change at hitting coach, with James Rowson replacing Sean Casey, who opted not to return.

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