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Hitting coach getting feel for players

1/4/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- New hitting coach Thad Bosley said he has talked to all of the Rangers' hitters that are in the United States during the offseason.

That includes AL MVP Josh Hamilton, who actually worked with Bosley in the cages on Monday.

"He's one of the best hitters in the game of baseball," Bosley said. "He has tremendous bat speed and athletic ability. He's going to be a joy to work with and watch."

Bosley said he's working on learning each player's tendencies and will try to offer adjustments when they are needed without fundamentally changing what got each player to the majors. Bosley watched the World Series and noted how the San Francisco Giants pitchers approached the Rangers' lineup.

"We're going to adjust some things," Bosley said. "We have to stay down in the zone and find the big part of the ballpark. There are little things I can offer and I'll do that when it's necessary. I'm looking forward to this."

Bosley said he may work with Ian Kinsler as early as Tuesday and will get chances over the next few weeks to see more hitters in person before spring training arrives.

For what it's worth, I like Bosley's approach. Why try to come in and make a bunch of changes to a team that went to the World Series and became a much more versatile offense? At the same time, they hit under .200 as a team in the World Series and want to be more consistent in 2011. The best way to do that is to continue what Clint Hurdle was preaching, and it sounds like Bosley will do that in his own way.