Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Rangers welcome Magadan mentality
By Joe McDonald
NASHVILLE -- As the Boston Red Sox needed to hire an entire coaching staff under new manager John Farrell this offseason, it didn’t take long for the Texas Rangers to hire former Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan.
Magadan spent six seasons as the hitting coach in Boston, and from 2007 to 20111 the Red Sox led the majors in hits (7,732), walks (3,159), doubles (1,750), extra-base hits (2,865) and total bases (12,677).
“As a hitter, when he played, he was a disciplined-type guy. It’s obvious how the Boston Red Sox grind out at-bats over there and that’s certainly something that we, as a group, are capable of doing,” said Texas manager Ron Washington. “He can help us understand how to use the whole field, and because of what he’s done as a pro in this game, not only as a player but as a hitting coach, he brings credibility. I think he has tremendous communication skills and all of those things come into play when you’re dealing with kids that are trying to figure out how to grind out a 162-game season. With all his knowledge and experience there, it can’t do anything but help.”