Because it is an insanely slow news day …

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… I link funny old-timey pictures of funny-looking old-timey baseball players posing for the camera.

Fun time-killer: try to mentally delete the facial hair and see if any of these guys look like any current major leaguers. I think one of the “cool-guy poses” guys looks like John Smoltz. That’s the best I can do.

Enjoy.

(link via Kerry Broome)

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.