Brad Ausmus played 18 Major League seasons, was a five-time league-leading catcher in fielding percentage, won Golden Gloves in 2001, 2002, 2006, led the league twice, each, in range factor and percentage of runners caught stealing, and once each in putouts and assists, named an All-Star in 1999.
His MLB teams were: San Diego Padres (1993-96), Detroit Tigers (1996, 1999-2000, Houston Astros (2001-2007) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2009-10).
Ausmus wrapped up his playing career in 2010, seventh all-time in MLB games caught (1,938), 10th in innings caught (15,840.2), ranked 3rd with 12,839 putouts as a catcher, and 10th in fielding percentage (1994).
Offensive numbers include: 7,102 at-bats, 634 rbi's, 80 home runs, and a steady .251 batting average.
Brad saw action in eight post seasons: five National League Division series, one NCLS Championship series, and the 2005 World Series.
Following his on-field retirement, Ausmus worked in the Padres' front office from 2010 to 2013. In 2013, he returned to the playing field as manager of the Detroit Tigers, a position he held for four years. During the 2019 season, he managed the Los Angeles Angels.
In 2013, the Connecticut-born Ausmus managed Team Israel during the World Baseball Classic, putting together a coaching staff that included former MLB stars Gabe Kapler, Shawn Green and Mark Loretta.
Ausmus was a 1987 draft pick of the New York Yankees, and chose to alternate between attending college and playing minor league baseball.