By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Angels are the second MLB team to hire a manager on Sunday. First, the Cincinnati Reds hired David Bell to be their new manager.
The Angels have hired Brad Ausmus to be the team’s new manager. He replaces Mike Scioscia, who resigned following 19-years with the team at the end of the season.
The 49-year-old Ausmus has prior MLB managerial eyepiece. He spent four seasons leading the Detroit Tigers from 2014 through 2017.
During his tenure there, he went 314-332 overall. His best season came in 2014 when he went 90-72, as the team won the American League Central title.
The former catcher takes over for the catcher, who had seven trips to the postseason with the Angels. He also led the team to the World Series Championship in 2002 over the San Francisco Giants.
The 59-year-old Upper Darby, Pennsylvania native guided the Angels to back-to-back 80-82 seasons. He last had a winning season with the team in 2015 when they went 85-77.
Los Angeles has not made the playoffs since 2014. As the No. 1 seed in the American League, the team lost to No. 4 seed, the Kansas City Royals, 3-0.
The Angels reportedly have the best player in baseball in Mike Trout, who is still a bargain at $33 million. He is up for free agency in 2020.
While they have Trout, the team has some aging high-priced players, including Albert Pujols, who has three-years left on his contract. The aging slugger, who ended the season on the disabled list, is due $28 million in 2019. He is also due $29 million in 2020, before making $30 million in 2021.
They may also be without Shohei Ohtani, who will have Tommy John Surgery. The slugger/pitcher — who is the first player to do this since Babe Ruth — had a .285 batting average with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs in 104 games.
He also went 4-2 in 10 starts. He had a 3.31 ERA in 51 2/3 innings, while allowing 19 earned runs with 63 strikeouts and 22 walks.
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