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Brad Ausmus didn’t get Red Sox job, but “was outstanding” in interview

Brad Ausmus

Former professional baseball player Brad Ausmus speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, Monday, May 21, 2012, in Jerusalem. With a pair of Jewish ex-major leaguers on his roster, Ausmus, the new coach of Israel’s team in next year’s World Baseball Classic, says his squad is already a legitimate contender. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)


Brad Ausmus was one of the candidates to interview with the Red Sox before they traded for John Farrell to take over as manager.

Ausmus previously withdrew his name from consideration for the Astros job, but the Connecticut native saw managing in Boston as an ideal opportunity. “I grew up a Red Sox fan, I still have family in New England, and I own a house on the Cape, so there was a special connection there,” Ausmus said, via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Cafardo talked to a team source who said Ausmus “was outstanding” during the interview, coming in “very detailed both verbally and with written material” and with a coaching staff in mind. And it sounds like he may have been the Red Sox’s pick if general manager Ben Cherington didn’t have his heart set on Farrell the whole time.

Ausmus will go back to being a special assistant with the Padres, but clearly he’s interested in managing and it would be surprising if he doesn’t land a gig soon.