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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Bogar to meet with Astros on Wednesday

By John Lembo, Special to

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was pleased to hear his bench coach and one of his former players, Tim Bogar, will interview Wednesday in Tampa for the Houston Astros’ managerial job.

“That's what he wanted during the winter, that’s what his dream was,” said Valentine, who managed Bogar with the New York Mets in 1996, “to get the exposure with us so he could get noticed by other teams.

“I hope it works well for him.”

Bogar was the Red Sox first-base coach in 2009 and the team’s third-base coach in 2010 and 2011 before he was named Valentine’s bench coach in the offseason.

“Going forward, it’s going to give me a better understanding of how to run a major-league team,” Bogar told in December after getting the assignment.

Bogar spent four of his nine-year playing career with the Astros (1997-2000) and made his lone postseason appearance with the team in 1999.

He is interviewing for a job previously occupied by another Red Sox bench coach, Brad Mills, who was fired earlier this season by the Astros.

Mills worked under Terry Francona in Boston and became Houston’s manager prior to the 2010 season. He went 171-274 in two-plus seasons at helm.