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Friday, October 19, 2012
Bogar turned down Astros bench job

By Joe McDonald

Current Boston Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar was recently offered the same position with the Houston Astros, but told ESPNBoston.com he turned down the offer.

“I thanked the Astros organization for giving me an opportunity,” Bogar said. “I’m sorry and it wasn’t a good fit right now and I wish Bo Porter and the Astros the best of luck.”

Bogar, 45, remains under contract with the Red Sox until Oct. 31. He was not interviewed for the Red Sox’s managerial vacancy.

On the day the Red Sox fired manager Bobby Valentine, general manager Ben Cherington said he had not had any discussions with the coaching staff because his main priority was to hire a manager first.

Since then, the Red Sox have given permission to all of their coaches to speak with other teams about possible positions, according to a baseball source.

Bullpen coach Gary Tuck and hitting coach Dave Magadan had options remaining in their respective contracts. Magadan has since said he is leaving the Red Sox to take a job with the Rangers.

Pitching coach Randy Niemann, third-base coach Jerry Royster and first-base coach Alex Ochoa were all chosen by Valentine last winter.

Bogar has twice interviewed for the managerial job in Houston, the most recent being in late September before the Astros hired Porter. Bogar played four seasons for the Astros and he’s highly regarded in the Houston organization.