Yankees’ coaching staff gains depth with addition of potential Boone replacement

The new bench coach Brad Ausmus

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In the event that the New York Yankees‘ season takes a turn for the worse, the prospect of replacing manager Aaron Boone may not necessitate an extensive search, asserts a prominent New York radio host. The potential successor, as per this host, could be found in the recent addition to Boone’s staff—Brad Ausmus. The former Major League catcher has assumed the role of bench coach, officially announced by the team on Tuesday, stepping in for Carlos Mendoza, who departed to helm the New York Mets. This move marks the initial instance of Boone having a bench coach with prior managerial experience, succeeding Josh Bard in the role.

Ausmus bolsters Yankees coaching staff

Speaking on the matter, WFAN’s Chris McMonigle expressed his confidence in Ausmus, characterizing him as a seasoned professional with an extensive baseball background. McMonigle highlighted Ausmus’s credentials as a former Major League player, specifically noting his role as a catcher with a strong defensive skill set. The radio host emphasized Ausmus’s managerial experience as a significant asset, making him a distinct and viable candidate to step into the managerial role should the need arise during the course of the season.

“This is a major league player, catcher, played many years, was a very good defensive catcher, knows the game … has managerial experience. This is a clear-cut guy they can go to at some point over the course of the year to step in for Aaron Boone.” WFAN’s Chris McMonigle said Wednesday.

At 54 years old, Ausmus served as the bench coach for the Oakland A’s in 2022 but found himself without a coaching position in 2023. While his managerial track record may not boast overwhelming success, having managed the Detroit Tigers for four years from 2014 to 2017, he did guide the team to a playoff appearance in his inaugural season, clinching the AL Central. However, Ausmus faced dismissal as the manager of the Los Angeles Angels in 2019 after a single season, during which the team posted a record of 72-90.

Before transitioning into coaching, Ausmus enjoyed an illustrious 18-year career in the majors as a catcher, contributing to four different teams. Known for his prowess as a light-hitting but defensively adept catcher, Ausmus brings a wealth of playing experience to his coaching role.

As the Yankees gear up for the upcoming season, Ausmus’s appointment adds a layer of depth to the coaching staff. The acknowledgment of his potential to seamlessly step into a managerial role underscores the team’s strategic planning and desire for a seamless transition should circumstances necessitate a change in leadership. The anticipation now rests on how Ausmus’s expertise and managerial acumen will contribute to the Yankees’ campaign and whether he will indeed be the “clear-cut” replacement touted by the optimistic voices in the New York sports scene.

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