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Yankees Reportedly Land Ex-All-Star To Be Club's New Bench Coach

It sounds like the Yankees landed their man to take over the bench coach role

The New York Yankees reportedly have filled their open bench coach position. 

Carlos Mendoza was named the Yankees' bench coach in 2019 and served in the role through the 2023 season. He left the club this offseason as he was named the new manager of the New York Mets. 

The Yankees reportedly have filled the open coach role by hiring 18-year Major League Baseball veteran Brad Ausmus, according to The New York Post's Joel Sherman. 

"Brad Ausmus, the former manager of the (Detroit Tigers) and (Los Angeles Angels), was hired by the Yankees for their bench coaching role on Tuesday, The Post has learned," Sherman said. "The position opened when Carlos Mendoza, the Yankees’ bench coach the past four years, was hired as the Mets manager Ausmus was a 48th-round draft pick of the Yankees in 1987."

"He never played in the majors for the team, but lasted 18 seasons for four organizations. Ausmus managed the Tigers from 2014-17, winning the AL Central in his first season."

Ausmus was drafted by the Yankees in the 48th round of the 1987 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft but never appeared in a big league game with the club. He made his big league debut with the San Diego Padres in 1993 and spent the first three-plus years of his career with the club. Overall, Ausmus played for the Padres, Tigers, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers throughout his 18-year career. He made one All-Star team in 1999 as a member of the Tigers. 

Since retiring, Ausmus has managed both the Tigers and Angels. He now will move into the bench coach role with the Yankees for the 2024 season and beyond.