brad ausmus has been traded 5 times, but has only played for four different teams. that is kind of crazy. he was traded as a minor leaguer from the rockies to the padres, for whom he made his major league debut in 1993. the pads later traded him to the tigers who sent him to houston after just half of a season in motown. two seasons later, the astros sent him back to detroit who traded him back to houston after two years as a tiger. he signed with the dodgers as a free agent prior to the 2009 season.
i mention all of this because i find it fascinating that the tigers and astros seemed to value him so much, yet they parted with him so easily. i also find it interesting that upper deck chose to include ausmus as the dodgers' representative in their 2009 update set.
not jim thome or george sherrill or even doug mientkiewicz. backup catchers don't usually get this kind of love from card companies. at least not since the 70's when the dodgers had four catchers featured in their 1979 topps set. speaking of topps, they also included ausmus in their 2009 update set (with juan pierre lurking), and brad was kind enough to sign and return a copy for me.