What will Tim Bogar bring to the bench?
Probably not. That was something Jackie Moore and Washington did, and I always liked that. It just sort of happened and they stuck with it. But 2014 is a new season and there's a new coach sitting beside Washington now.
The Rangers made official on Monday the hiring of Tim Bogar. For starters, Bogar turns 47 on Monday. That certainly means the coaching staff just skewed younger in Texas, as Bogar is 27 years younger than Moore. There wasn't anyone the Rangers could find with more experience in the game than Moore. But after interviewing four candidates and discussing some others, Texas decided to go with Bogar, who was most recently the Double-A manager for the Angels' affiliate in Arkansas.
General manager Jon Daniels said several factors led to Bogar's hiring. Among them:
“He got me over the hump to be a major league player,” Bogar said. “I knew he cared more about me as a person than a player. That went a long way for me. I try to use that in the way I approach players and the way I go about my business.”
Bogar takes over two of the main duties that used to fall to Dave Anderson, who was let go as first-base coach shortly after the season. Bogar will organize and run spring training, and he'll be the club's primary infield instructor.
Bogar says his main job is to help the manager any way he can, providing him with information during the game to help him make decisions. But Bogar will also do whatever is needed when the game isn't played to help Washington do his job better. We'll hear -- and see -- much more from Bogar beginning in February in Surprise, Ariz.
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