Israelites would grumble that Moses was a terrible skipper, but Joshua had an easier time following him than Brad Ausmus will have following legendary Jim Leyland as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Including interim fill-ins, Ausmus will be Major League Baseball’s fifth Jewish manager (Lipman Pike, Andy Cohen, Norm Sherry, Jeff Newman) going back to 1871, when in the dawn’s early light of baseball, Pike was player-manager of the Troy Haymakers, and later the Hartford Dark Blues and Cincinnati Reds. (Lou Boudreau was among a few managers with one Jewish parent, but the family considered itself Christian).
Connecticut native gained experience managing Israel's national ballclub.
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Retired major league baseball player Brad Ausmus, who managed the Israeli national team’s bid for the World Baseball Classic last year, was named the manager of the American League Detroit Tigers. The Tigers announced the hiring of Ausmus, 44, on Sunday, making him the only current Jewish manager in Major League Baseball. Ausmus was a catcher for four teams, including the Tigers, in his playing days.
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