Texas Rangers: Coaches

Ron Washington ready for more replay

November, 20, 2013
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Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he won’t have a designated “replay coach” in 2014, but expects his entire staff to help him with replay challenges.

“It will fall on all of us,” Washington said. “The coaches that aren’t on the basepaths will have to be watching plays too, kind of like the coaches in the booth do in football. If I see something that I feel like I should go out there, I will. Everyone on the bench is yelling when they think something is wrong. If I feel like everyone saw the same thing I did, that will help.”

MLB owners approved replay for next season, but the details still must be worked out and it needs the approval of the MLB Players Association and the World Umpires Association. But it is likely increased replay is coming next season. And Washington is ready for it.

“It’s about getting the calls right,” Washington said Tuesday. “That’s the bottom line. When umpires make decisions, most of the time they get them right. This gives you a chance to argue some things that maybe the umpire saw differently from you.”

Washington has spent part of the offseason at his home in New Orleans. He hosted a golf tournament to benefit the Urban Youth Academy, which opened last November at Wesley Barrow Stadium, an area devastated by Katrina. The academy has helped 900 young players.

“MLB and the city got together and we’re a town without a MLB team and they put a baseball academy here and those kids needed that outlet,” Washington said. “Those that have skills have a place to hone it with good teachers. It’s a great thing.”

Coolbaugh promoted; Brook Jacoby returns

November, 19, 2013
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The Texas Rangers announced some additions and alterations to the club's baseball operations staff on Tuesday. A look (information from the club's release):

  • Scott Coolbaugh promoted from Triple-A Hitting Coach to Hitting Coordinator

    Last season was Coolbaugh’s seventh in the Texas organization. He has served as a hitting instructor at several levels within the system, including time as the major league hitting coach from June 8, 2011 through the end of 2012. He has also been the hitting coach for Double-A Frisco (2007-08), Triple-A Oklahoma City (2009-10), and Triple-A Round Rock (2013).

  • Brook Jacoby hired as Assistant Hitting Coordinator

    Jacoby returns to the Texas organization after seven seasons as the major league hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds. Under Jacoby, the Cincinnati offense produced the 2nd-highest on-base percentage and the 3rd-highest run total in the National League in 2013. Prior to joining the Reds in 2007, the two-time A.L. All-Star spent four seasons with Texas as a hitting coach for the Arizona League Rangers (2003-04) and then as minor league hitting coordinator (2005-06). Jacoby also filled in as the major league hitting coach in April and May of the 2006 season.

  • James Keller hired as Special Assistant to the General Manager

    Keller most recently served as the Orioles national pitching crosschecker after having a role as a pro scout. He also worked as a scout and minor league pitching coach in the Arizona organization, and was a minor league pitching coach with Toronto. While with Baltimore, Keller signed right-handed pitcher David Hernandez.

  • Brian Williams hired as Southeast Regional Crosschecker

    Williams has been a Midwest area scout with the Mariners since 2004, and added additional duties as a crosschecker in Canada the past two years. Prior to joining the Seattle scouting staff, he worked as a baseball operations assistant and area scout for the Cubs from 2000-05. In his time as an area scout, Williams has signed four eventual major leaguers: left-handed pitcher Jerry Blevins, right-handed pitcher Nate Adcock, left-handed pitcher James Paxton, and right-handed pitcher Steve Delabar.

  • Mike Grouse promoted to Pro Scout (formerly National Crosschecker)

    Grouse has been with the Rangers since 1988, and most recently served as a national crosschecker. He was originally selected by the Rangers in the 1984 June draft.

  • Jay Eddings promoted to Pro Scout (formerly Amateur Scout)

    Eddings has been an amateur scout with the Rangers since 1998.

  • Jake Krug promoted from Director, Minor League Operations to Special Assignment Crosschecker

    Krug will be in his 12th season with the Rangers, serving primarily in player development with one season (2009) as the team’s eastern crosschecker.

  • Bobby Crook promoted to Amateur Scout for N. Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas(formerly Manager, Amateur Scouting)

    Crook will be in his 11th season with the Rangers, the last five of which have been in a role supporting the scouting staff and leading preparation for the June draft.

  • Mike Medici hired as Area Scout for Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana/Kentucky

    Medici is a native of Albany, New York and has spent the past four seasons covering Illinois and Indiana for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was a catcher at the University of Buffalo before a stint as a coach at the collegiate level.

  • Matt Klotsche promoted to Manager, Amateur Scouting

    Klotsche will be in his seventh season with the Rangers, and has served as Manager, Baseball Operations the last two years after stints as an assistant in pro scouting and baseball operations.
  • Orioles (who else?) hire ex-Rangers coach

    November, 13, 2013
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    For Texas Rangers fans, the Baltimore Orioles sure do look familiar. And they continue to stock former Ranger players and coaches. The latest addition: Dave Anderson.

    Anderson, whose contract was not renewed by the Rangers after he served as first base coach and infield instructor last season, was hired by the Orioles on Wednesday as the minor league infield instructor.

    "Defensively, they're the best team in baseball at the major league level," Anderson said by phone. "The front office is stable and they are headed in the right direction. They were one of the first teams to contact me. I was interested in the organization and what they have going on."

    Anderson said it's a similar job to what he did at one point with the Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers in that he'll travel around during the season and work with the minor league infielders, working with all the clubs. He'll go to the Dominican Republic and spring training as well.

    "My job is to try to get them better," Anderson said.

    Anderson was the Rangers' third-base coach for four seasons until he switched to first base last year. He was the infield coach at the big league level all of those years.

    Former Rangers coach expected to join O's

    November, 9, 2013
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    Dom Chiti, who was Buck Showalter's bullpen coach for the 2006 season with the Texas Rangers, is expected to rejoin Showalter as bullpen coach in Baltimore for the 2014 season, according to various reports, including this one in The Baltimore Sun.

    Chiti, who was a special assistant with the Atlanta Braves, would join new coach Dave Wallace in Baltimore. Wallace was with the Braves and worked with Chiti there. Chiti played in the Baltimore organization in his final year as a player in 1981.

    Wallace was hired last week to replace Rick Adair, another former Ranger (he was minor league pitching coordinator for four seasons).

    Bobby Jones joins coaching staff for 2014

    November, 1, 2013
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    Triple-A Round Rock manager Bobby Jones, who has spent 26 years in the Texas Rangers organization as a coach, will join the big league coaching staff in 2014.

    It hasn't been decided whether Jones will coach first base, as the club has one more spot to fill on the staff. That slot will go to someone with catching experience, and either that coach or Jones will also coach first with Gary Pettis staying at third base.

    It's likely that Double-A Frisco manager Steve Buechele will take Jones' place at Round Rock.

    Jones is a favorite among the players and has spent much of his baseball life with the Rangers.

    Rangers interview Bogar for bench coach

    October, 16, 2013
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    The Texas Rangers are busy interviewing candidates for two openings on the major league staff -- bench coach and first base/infield coach. That includes Tim Bogar, who recently interviewed for the bench coach spot, a source confirmed Wednesday.

    Bogar, 46, was last in Boston in 2012 as Bobby Valentine's bench coach. That was not a memorable season for the Red Sox, though Valentine was blamed and relieved of his duties along with most of the coaching staff. (Bogar would later tell ESPNBoston.com that Valentine "shut some of us out completely," referring to the coaching staff.) Bogar was the first-base coach in Boston in 2009 under Terry Francona and then moved to third base for the next two seasons. He was also the club's infield instructor during that time.

    Before Boston, he was the quality assurance coach (focused on infield instruction and base running) in Tampa Bay and impressed manager Joe Maddon.

    "He's very bright, he understands the game well," Maddon told WEEI.com last year when Bogar's name came up in the Houston Astros' managerial search. "He's very good with people, too. He communicates well. Primarily, with me, the job requires the ability to unify a group or communicate, or develop trust, or however you want to put it."

    Bogar managed Double-A Arkansas, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, who are considering Bogar for a position on their major league staff as well. He has also managed in the minor league systems of the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros. Bogar played nine years in the big leagues with the New York Mets, Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers as a utility infielder (something Rangers manager Ron Washington knows well).

    Bogar's interview with the Rangers was first reported by The Dallas Morning News.

    The Rangers are interviewing a handful of folks and could consider some internal possibilities as well, including Steve Buechele for the vacant first base coaching job.

    UPDATE (3:05): A source said that Jim Tracy and Jamie Quirk are on the club's list and that Quirk has already interviewed. Tracy has managerial experience with the Colorado Rockies. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers are also considering former Baltimore Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo, though that could be for the first-base and infield job.

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