Ausmus worked with the Israel Association of Baseball to manage the Israel team that ‎played in the 2012 World Baseball Classic tournament qualifiers

brad1Tel Aviv, November 3, 2013: The Israel Association of Baseball (IAB) congratulates ‎Team Israel Manager Brad Ausmus on his new position as Manager of the Detroit Tigers. ‎Ausmus is due to finalize the deal today, and will step into the position following the ‎resignation of 68-year-old Jim Leyland.‎

brad and peresAusmus, 44, served as Manager of Team Israel in our most recent bid to reach the World ‎Baseball Classic tournament in 2012. Ausmus came to Israel in 2012 to conduct ‎numerous clinics and travelled around the country to meet and work with players from ‎the IAB. One of the highlights of his trip was a meeting with President Shimon Peres in ‎Jerusalem. ‎

‎"Brad was a great Manager and a big mensch," says Peter Kurz, President of the IAB. ‎‎"He was a huge help in putting the WBC team together, recruiting players from the minor ‎leagues in the US and talking with Jewish Major League players. He also assisted with ‎the fundraising efforts for our new facility in Ra'anana, met with young players in Israel ‎and helped everyone he could. He will make a great Major League manager and the ‎Detroit Tigers are very fortunate to have a manager like Brad. We look forward to seeing ‎Brad in a Tigers uniform, and hopefully he will continue to support Israel baseball in ‎whatever capacity he can in the future."‎

Ausmus played catcher for 18 seasons with four teams during his Major League career ‎from 1993-2010, including three years with the Tigers (1996, 1999-2000). He has most ‎recently been serving as a special assistant for the San Diego Padres. He is married and ‎a father of two daughters, who joined him on his trip to Israel last year. ‎

Brad Ausmus at WBC2









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