Texas Rangers: Tony Fernandez

Tony Fernandez not returning to Rangers

November, 18, 2014
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Tony Fernandez, who was the Texas Rangers' special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels the last three seasons, will not return in 2015.

Fernandez, a five-time All Star and a four-time Gold Glove winner, was hired in the spring of 2012.

The Rangers have made several changes to the front office in the last few months.

The team hired former player Michael Young as an special assistant to the GM after losing assistant GM A.J. Preller and senior special assistant Don Welke. Preller became the GM of the San Diego Padres and Welke joined him under the same title.

However, ownership remains committed to the top of the front office chain where Daniels and assistant GM Thad Levine received three-year contract extensions last week.

The moves have meant more responsibility for Levine, who has picked up some duties involving the scouting and signing of international players.

Is Beltre a cat or bear? Ask Tony Fernandez

February, 27, 2014
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- All Adrian Beltre wanted was one last ground ball before moving on to the batting cages. And Tony Fernandez couldn't seem to hit him one.

After Fernandez had pounded ball after ball into the ground as Beltre worked on his feet and hands -- something he does constantly in spring training and during the season -- and it was Fernandez that was worn out, not Beltre.

"His work ethic is second to none," said Fernandez, who requested tape from senior director of medical operations Jamie Reed to try to keep a blister from forming on his finger after working with Beltre on Saturday. "I've seen many good infielders, but I think his work ethic is what really sets him apart."

Beltre's teammates see a Gold Glover out there, working early in spring training like it's the middle of the season. He has fun, but takes his craft seriously. And few can put on a show simply taking grounders like Beltre can.

Fernandez sees a player who fully understands his body and what he needs to do to be successful. Fernandez points to Beltre's quick hands and steady feet and how he puts himself in a good, athletic position to uses his reflexes, a critical component at third base.

"He’s like a hockey goalie -- don't let the ball get by you," Fernandez said. "He has the ability to react to the ball. He has the quickness of a cat, but the strength of a bear. You don’t see too much guys with that quickness and power. He has an advantage."

Rangers Magazine: Thad Levine talks acquisitions

March, 12, 2012
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I bet your baseball mind, like mine, can’t stop thinking about how two major acquisitions will impact the Texas Rangers this season. Greg Maddux and Tony Fernandez are the names in my mind. That’s what you were thinking, too…right?!?

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Rangers assistant general manger Thad Levine discusses the impact of Greg Maddux and Tony Fernandez.

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“The biggest offseason acquisitions were Yu Darvish and Joe Nathan, but these two guys (Maddux and Fernandez) have made a huge impact so far,” Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said on a recent edition of Rangers Magazine (Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM). “When you bring in guys who have had storied careers like Tony and Greg have had, you don’t exactly know the role they are going to play for you. You bring them in because they are great people, they’ve had great careers and they have great knowledge they can share with the staff, but you truly don’t know how much they are going to get involved.”

Levine said Maddux usually arrives at the complex in Surprise, Ariz., around 6 or 6:30 a.m. He’s worked with pitchers in every way possible, including their fielding, and shared information on keeping a chart and what to look for when looking at video. Maddux has 355 career wins, is a four-time National League Cy Young Award winner, an 18-time Gold Glove pitcher, and he won a World Series with Atlanta in 1995.

Neftali Feliz talked with Pedro Martinez in the offseason, but the future member of the Rangers starting rotation has also received an interesting opinion from Maddux.

“[Maddux] will talk to you about every single one of our pitchers, how excited he is about them, how he’s had a chance to sit down with them, tell Neftali Feliz how he sees a lot of John Smoltz in him,” Levine said.

Fernandez came to the Rangers to work with the infielder prospects in the Rangers' minor league system, but he has also lent his expertise to the major league infielders.

“We thought it would be good to have him come in, offer some mentorship, but what we weren’t necessarily expecting his impact he’s had on the big league side, which has been terrific," Levine said of Fernandez, who was a four-time Gold Glove shortstop, five-time All-Star and a World Series winner with Toronto in 1993. "I think we are now trying to figure out a way to have him around the club more and more.”

Levine also discussed why he visits with scouts who sit behind home plate at Cactus League games, left-handed relief -- including the story of Neil Cotts -- the debate of whether Josh Hamilton should be the everyday center fielder, contract negotiations with current players, free agent signings pre-World Series run compared to now and more. Listen to the podcast.

Bryan Dolgin is the host of the Rangers' pregame and postgame shows on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network. Follow him on Twitter @RangersRadioBD.

Tony Fernandez hired as Assistant to GM

February, 22, 2012
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The Texas Rangers have hired former All-Star shortstop Tony Fernandez as the special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels, it was announced Wednesday morning.

"We're excited to welcome Tony to our organization,” Daniels said in a statement. “His work ethic and performance on the field are matched only by his grace and commitment to the community. He'll be able to help our players in a number of ways."

Fernandez, a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, had a 17-year major league career with Toronto (1983-90, 1993, 1998-99, 2001), San Diego (1991-92), the New York Mets (1993), Cincinnati (1994), New York Yankees (1995), Cleveland (1997), and Milwaukee (2001). He had a .288 average in 2158 major league games, compiling 2276 career hits.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182