Detroit Tigers name Brad Ausmus, Jewish former catcher, as new manager

***Correction: This brief previously stated incorrectly that Brad Ausmus will be the MLB's only Jewish manager. Oakland Athletics Manager Bob Melvin is also Jewish.

(JNS.org) Former Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher Brad Ausmus, who is Jewish, was named the manager of the MLB’s Detroit Tigers.

Caption: Former Major League catcher Brad Ausmus, pictured, will be the new manager of the Detroit Tigers. Credit: Adam Baker.

Ausmus, 44, played for the Tigers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1993-2010.

“Jewish fans would come up to me and talk about how they were proud to have a Jewish major leaguer on their team, whether I was in San Diego, Detroit or Houston,” Ausmus told JNS.org in 2011 for a story on the Israeli national team he managed that was trying to qualify for the World Baseball Classic. “I would get letters from Jewish children. I quickly realized that American Jews identified with me because of my heritage. I’m very proud of that.”

Posted on November 4, 2013 .