Ausmus prefers surf to turf

Manager golfed during his playing days, but has since taken up surfing

Ausmus prefers surf to turf

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The rain limiting the Tigers' Spring Training practice Wednesday morning to indoor activities likely meant the same for the 22nd Annual Major League Scramble that afternoon at Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland.

But a rained out day at the links has not concerned manager Brad Ausmus for years.

"I'm not really a golfer, so that doesn't bother me," Ausmus said. "I did it for a while in the early '90s, mid-'90s. I used to play all the time, four times a week during the offseason."

Ausmus said he got out of golf once he had children and picked up a starkly different hobby.

"I started surfing," Ausmus said. "Golf keeps you out of the house for six hours, and surfing keeps you out for an hour and a half."

He got into surfing in 1996 as a member of the Padres, when he owned a house overlooking a popular San Diego surfing spot.

"It's hard to be good; it's not hard to stand up," Ausmus said of surfing.

Nowadays, surfing is Ausmus' go-to for staying fit and relaxing after the rigors of managing.

Zak Kerr is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.