Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Heather Rowletts' favorite baseball player is Brad Ausmus. She watched him played in Houston, one of his stops around the majors. Brad has played 16 seasons so far and is rumored to be returning to San Diego for the 2009 season as a veteran to help teach the Padres young catchers.
Brad was originally drafted by the Hankies in the 1987 draft, and then played in the minors until the Rockies took him as the 54th pick in the expansion draft. The Rockies traded him to the Padres with Doug Bochtler and Andy Ashby for Bruce Hurst and Greg Harris. The Padres traded him to the Tigers, the Tigers traded him to the Astros, the Astros traded him to the Tigers and the Tigers traded him to the Astros. Then he was granted free agency and the signed again with the Astros. During all that trading he was traded once for Doug Brocail and once with Doug Brocail. During his 16 seasons he has only played with three teams. He has won 3 Gold Gloves and played in the 1999 All Star game. He played in the World Series in 2005 but his Astros were beaten by Ozzie Guillens' (another product of the Padres farm system) Chisox. I believe that I got the signature through the mail.