June 25, 2021

Brad Ausmus and the Boston Red Sox Could Springboard Each Other (Baseball Essential)


The Boston Red Sox need a proven manager, and Brad Ausmus just wants a job. The two parties could help each other.

Last week Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a nine-page statement on Major League Baseball’s findings concerning the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Alex Cora, who was Boston’s manager the last two seasons, has been at fault throughout every leg of the investigation.

With Astros general manger Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch being suspended through the 2020 season, the Red Sox got out ahead of MLB’s ruling on Cora, “mutually parting ways” with the skipper. There will likely be more discipline towards Astros executives, coaches, and players over the coming weeks, but one thing is certain: the Red Sox need a manager.

Ausmus actually interviewed to be Boston’s manager in 2017 after John Farrell was fired. Ultimately, Cora landed the job. Under his watch, the Red Sox won the 2018 World Series, and he turned out to be part of the Astros’ disgraceful practices — which triggered his termination. This is easily one of the craziest coaching tenures in the history of professional sports.

Ausmus has two managerial stints under his belt, the first being…

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