J.J. Putz is way excited about his Justin Bieber autograph

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Here’s something I did not know: Panini puts out Justin Bieber trading cards.

And, apparently, the Diamondbacks got a box of said cards in the clubhouse, J.J. Putz pulled an autographed card and Brad Ziegler was there to capture the excitement.

Putz does have twin daughters, age 7, so he’s probably not going to keep the card for himself. Or maybe, judging by the look on his face, we shouldn’t be so quick to assume.

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.