Marlins hire Lenny Harris as new assistant hitting coach

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In a late addition to the coaching staff, the Marlins have hired Lenny Harris as their new assistant hitting coach. He’ll work alongside hitting coach Frank Menechino.

Harris played for the Marlins during their run to the World Series in 2003–manager Mike Redmond was also on that team–and is MLB’s all-time leader in pinch-hits. He managed to stick around in the majors for 18 seasons despite a career .269 batting average and .667 OPS.

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill specifically mentioned that the team hopes the 50-year-old Harris can help prepare pinch-hitters for late-game opportunities off the bench.

Angels name Brad Ausmus new manager

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Former MLB player and manager Brad Ausmus will manage the Angels in 2019, the team announced Sunday. His contract will extend through the 2021 season, though it’s not clear whether a club option exists for 2022. A formal press conference will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM PDT to introduce the new skipper.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler gave a statement following Ausmus’ hiring:

Ausmus, 49, was also considered for a managerial role with the Reds prior to their hiring of David Bell on Sunday. He’ll replace longtime manager Mike Scioscia, who finished his 19th and final campaign with the club on the last day of the 2018 season.

A former catcher and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Ausmus capped his 18-year MLB playing career in 2010. He managed the Tigers from 2014 to 2017, during which he guided the club to a 314-332 record and a postseason berth in 2014. After the Tigers declined to offer the skipper an extension in 2018, he was hired as a special assistant to the Angels’ general manager, and remained in that role for the duration of the regular season.