The Los Angeles Angels announced Brad Ausmus as the club’s new manager on Sunday, succeeding Mike Scioscia, who had spent 19 seasons in charge.
Ausmus, 49, spent four seasons as the Detroit Tigers’ skipper from 2014-2017. He led the team to the American League Central title in his first year but had an overall record of 314-332.
Scioscia stepped down after a nearly two-decade run with the Angels, which included seven trips to the postseason and a World Series title in 2002.
The Angels have baseball’s best player in Mike Trout, but are weighed down by hefty contracts, including the $87 million owed to 38-year-old old Albert Pujols over the next three seasons. Two-way star Shohei Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of the year and likely won’t be able to pitch until 2020.