• Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who was the hitting coach when Ausmus played in Los Angeles at the end of his career, is one of a few skippers Ausmus has talked with since getting his first managerial job.
"We've stayed in touch since I played here," Ausmus said. "We'd often have dinner together or exchange barbs in texts. He's one of the best people I've met in the game, and I consider him a good friend."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.