Bringing Brad Ausmus in as the Oakland A’s bench coach was a brilliant move for Mark Kotsay. He has been through the battles as a manager, having spent five years in that role with the Tigers and Angels. Ausmus guided Detroit to the postseason during his first year at the helm, and while he has received criticism for his bullpen management over the years, he is still going to be a valuable resource on the bench.
Ausmus also brings more than that experience to the A’s. He may be the best looking member of the organization since Brad Pitt was cast as Billy Beane in MoneyBall.
Brad Ausmus provides something to look at for Oakland A’s
While it may not be an official award, Ausmus has won the ‘Most Handsome Manager of the Year’ award in four of his five seasons on the bench. The one year he missed out? Ausmus finished second. It is certainly a better track record than finishing last year after year and being compared to a cave troll.
In fact, Ausmus is the entire reason why this humorous award exists in the first place. As Craig Calcaterra stated, it all began with a picture and his now wife obviously checking out the A’s new bench coach at the Winter Meetings. When Ausmus eventually retires, the award may end up being named for him.
The product on the diamond may be rough to look at, especially if the A’s look to begin a rebuilding process. There are likely to be some ugly losses over the course of the season. But at least the A’s will give us something to look at with Ausmus in the dugout.
Brad Ausmus has been considered one of the best looking managers in the game. The Oakland A’s new bench coach will give us something to look at in 2022.