Detroit Tigers' New Manager Talks Jews and Baseball

Brad Ausmus on anti-Semitism in the big leagues, the Jewish baseball heroes, and how his accomplished mother is his biggest role model.

Brad Ausmus was named the Detroit Tigers manager this week, making him the sixth Jew to lead a Major League club.

As a player, he was an All-Star catcher for the Tigers, a three time Gold Glove winner playing for the Astros and possessor of the third-best lifetime fielding average of any catcher in major league history with a minimum of 1,000 games played.

The handsome and well-spoken Dartmouth grad’s conditioning and durability enabled him to catch over 100 games for 11 seasons in a row — even though his name flew under the radar of many fans fixated on the big hit.

Baseball insiders have long known Ausmus as a thinking man’s player as well as a catcher’s catcher. He spoke to Larry Ruttman about anti-Semitism in the big leagues, the Jewish baseball heroes, and how his accomplished Jewish mother is his biggest role model.

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