Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Rangers interview Bogar for bench coach
By Richard Durrett
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.