Brad Ausmus to join A’s as bench coach

New Athletics manager Mark Kotsay is finishing up his coaching staff with the addition of former Tigers and Angels manager Brad Ausmus being his choice as bench coach.

Kotsay became the manager of the A’s on Dec. 20 taking over for Bob Melvin who was hired as the manager of the Padres. Following Melvin to San Diego was bench coach Ryan Christensen.

Ausmus, 52, would offer some additional experience in the dugout for Kotsay who is a first-time manager. Ausmus managed the Tigers from 2014 though 2017 and the Angels for 2019.

The Mets interviewed Ausmus for the managerial job but ultimately chose Buck Showalter for the position.

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