Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Player Profile: Brad Ausmus

I have 37 cards of Brad Ausmus. This one is from 1994 Studio.

Playing career: Brad Ausmus is tenth all-time in catchers’ fielding percentage, tenth in range factor, seventh in games caught, and third in catchers’ putouts. He was not much of a hitter, though – in almost 2,000 games he hit .251 with 80 HR and 607 RBI.

Interesting stories: Ausmus was involved in a car accident in the late 1980s where he hit a woman while speeding (52MPH on a 25MPH road) and dragged her sixty-eight feet, severely injuring her. He was found responsible for a sum of $300,000.

Ausmus’s father, Harry Ausmus, was a philosophy professor at Southern Connecticut. Brad Ausmus has said that his father’s book A Schopenhauerian Critique of Nietzsche's Thought is his favorite.

Where he is now: Special Assistant, Baseball Operations for the Padres, working with the organization’s catchers.

My memories: He was a Yankee minor leaguer who was taken in the expansion draft by the Rockies. He spent most of his career in the NL so I don’t have any specific memories of him.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Brad A, between Brad and Emily, a couple from the TV show Bachelor, and Brad Ascalon, an industrial designer. There do not appear to be any other prominent Brad Ausmuses.

Coming up next: The next profile will be James Austin.

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