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Brad Ausmus

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Brad Ausmus

MLB (retired)
Full Name Bradley David Ausmus
Date of Birth 04/14/1969
BirthplaceNew Haven, CT
Religion Jewish
Height 5'11
Weight 190
Bats/Throws R/R
College Dartmouth Univ.
Drafted Yankees
MLB Debut 07/28/1993
Final MLB Game: 10/03/2010

2009 highlights

  • Hit .295 in 36 games as backup catcher
  • Hit .333 with runners in scoring position

Career highlights (as of 2009)

  • Selected by the New York Yankees in the 48th round of the 1987 amateur draft (1,152nd overall)
  • Went 1-for-3 with a walk in MLB debut with the San Diego Padres (1993)
  • MLB All-Star (1999/AL)
  • Gold Glove winner, Catcher (2001, 2002, 2006)
  • Had just one error in 134 games as catcher in 2005
  • Tied for 8th among catchers in MLB history for most games played (1,917)
  • Has never been on disabled list in 17 years of MLB play (UPDATE: Ausmus was placed on disabled list for first time on 4/9/2010 and later underwent surgery to repair a repair a herniated disk in his back)
  • Has had ten 4-hit games
  • Five-time league leader in fielding percentage among catchers
  • Two-time league leader in percentage of runners caught stealing
  • Ranked 3rd-best Jewish catcher in MLB history by Baseball Talmud  

MLB career bests, by statistic

  • AVG: .293 (1995)
  • 2B: 25 (1997, 1999, 2000)
  • HR: 9 (1999)
  • RBI: 54 (1999)
  • BB: 69 (2000)
  • OBP: .365 (1999)
  • SLG: .415 (1999) 

On being Jewish

  • “As a child with a Protestant Christian father and a Jewish mother, he celebrated Jewish holidays with his mother’s family, but didn’t really identify as a Jew. ‘I wasn’t raised with the Jewish religion, so in that sense I don’t really have much feeling toward it. But, however, in the last 10 or so years, I have had quite a few young Jewish boys who would tell me that I am their favorite player or they love watching me play or they feel like baseball is a good fit for them because it worked for me or it worked for Shawn Green or other Jewish players at the Major League level. It has been a sense of pride. If you can have a positive impact on a kid, I’m all for it.” (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles; May 22, 2009)
  • Ausmus has been selected to coach Team Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic’s qualifying round. “Another reason Ausmus is drawn to the idea of coaching the Israeli team is his Jewish heritage: Ausmus’s maternal grandparents were Jewish. “It’s actually my mother who got me into baseball,” explained Ausmus. “My mother is the one who signed me up for little league and always made sure I went to practice… And my grandfather instilled the love of baseball in me. He drove me to Fenway Park, he always kept track of my batting stats…so for me it’s a tradition I associate with my Jewish roots.”

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MLB stats

1993San Diego Padres4916018418151260280000220.2560.2830.4130
1994San Diego Padres10132745821217243012631620851.2510.3140.3580
1995San Diego Padres10332844961645343135624406165.2930.3530.4120
1996Detroit Tigers752263056120422261452520434.2480.3280.3540
1996San Diego Padres50149162740113130273100414.1810.2610.2280
1996Season Total1253754683160535391725620848.2210.3020.3040
1997Houston Astros130425451132514443847836608146.2660.3260.3580
1998Houston Astros12841262111104645531160331018103.2690.3560.3570
1999Detroit Tigers12745862126256954510711431011129.2750.3650.4150
2000Detroit Tigers1505237513925375169079642019115.2660.3570.3650
2001Houston Astros12842245982345343066416201341.2320.2840.3410
2002Houston Astros130447571151936503837162303023.2570.3220.3530
2003Houston Astros14345043103122447461664450853.2290.3030.2910
2004Houston Astros1294033810014153133115627301322.2480.3060.3250
2005Houston Astros134387351001903475184857101753.2580.3510.3310
2006Houston Astros139439371011612394527169302131.2300.3080.2850
2007Houston Astros11734938821633253737464101161.2350.3180.3240
2008Houston Astros81216154780324253412610402.2180.3030.2960
2009Los Angeles Dodgers3695928401950212500110.2950.3430.3680
2010Los Angeles Dodgers2163414200271151000300.2220.3100.2540
Career Total1971627971815792703480607634691034698237020110253.2510.3250.3440
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