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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
No decision on coaching staff yet

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington said they have to sit down and discuss the season before making any decision regarding the coaching staff.

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But turnover of parts of the staff in this situation is pretty common. Whether that means one coach or more, remains to be seen. Because of the offense's struggles down the stretch, the coach you'd expect to garner the most conversation is Scott Coolbaugh. He came in during the 2011 season when Thad Bosley was fired because of communication problems with the team. Coolbaugh was an important voice change for the room and the offense performed well.

This year, though, the bats were up and down all season. They couldn't seem to get a runner home from third with less than two outs with regularity and production was up and down. Texas scored the fewest runs in the AL in July and the most in August. But when they needed that one key win in the final stretch of the season, the bats let them down.

Should Coolbaugh be replaced, it would mean more turnover at that spot. Coolbaugh is the fourth hitting coach in the last four seasons.

The rest of the coaching staff includes bench coach Jackie Moore, who has become a trusted adviser for Washington, infield and third-base coach Dave Anderson, outfield and baserunning coach Gary Pettis, pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins.