The Oakland A’s may not be adding many impressive players to their roster in free agency, but they are certainly looking to make some noise in other areas. One of those areas happens to be on their coaching staff for the 2022 season.
Neophyte manager Mark Kotsay has reportedly found his bench coach. Former manager Brad Ausmus is expected to take over the role, adding some experience and a sounding board for the first year skipper.
Oakland A’s to add Brad Ausmus to coaching staff
Ausmus had been linked to other managerial openings and was expected to be a strong candidate for the Mets position. However, he did not emerge as a finalist, leaving him to find other avenues to return to the game.
This is actually going to be his first major league coaching role. Ausmus had been a part of the Padres’ front office before getting his first managerial job. He has five years of experience on the bench, posting a 386-422 record with the Tigers and Angels.
Although his record may not stand out, having that experience can be invaluable. While Kotsay may have been able to learn from Bob Melvin over the past few years, he is still going to need a sounding board with him on the bench. Ausmus, having been through those battles over the years, is the perfect option to be exactly that.
Ausmus also potentially gives the A’s another option should Kotsay not work out. He would have theoretically been a strong candidate for their managerial opening as someone with experience on the bench. Now, if the A’s do not show progress and the younger players do not develop as hoped, he may get another opportunity in Oakland.
The Oakland A’s have made a splash this offseason. Brad Ausmus has been brought in as the new bench coach for manager Mark Kotsay.