Rangers add Tim Bogar to staff

Updated: October 21, 2013, 5:01 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

Tim Bogar was named Texas Rangers bench coach on Monday, replacing Jackie Moore, whose contract was not renewed shortly after the season.

Bogar will also be the club's infield instructor.

Bogar, who turns 47 next week, was a big league coach in Boston and Tampa Bay over a five-year span, including as bench coach for the Red Sox in 2012.

That was Bobby Valentine's not-so-memorable season, which resulted in Valentine's termination along with most of the coaching staff.

Bogar also served on Terry Francona's staff as first base and then third base coach and was the club's infield instructor during that time. Bogar spent one season under Joe Maddon at Tampa Bay as the quality assurance coach in 2008.

Bogar comes to Texas after spending 2013 as the manager of the Los Angeles Angels' Double-A affiliate in Arkansas.

"He's got a reputation as a smart player and a great reputation in the game as far as everyone we talked to," said general manager Jon Daniels, who interviewed four candidates last week, including Jamie Quirk.

It didn't hurt that Bogar is also familiar with manager Ron Washington, who coached Bogar in the minor leagues while both were in the Mets organization.

"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 also coached alongside current Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan when both were in Boston and Bogar also played with pitching coach Mike Maddux for one season.

Washington said Bogar will organize spring training as part of his duties, something Dave Anderson, who was let go following the season, used to do. Bogar said his job is to help Washington however he can.

"Any aspect of it that would make the manager's life a little bit easier," Bogar said, referencing in-game situations and clubhouse activities.

Bogar was known in Tampa Bay as a guy that had detailed defensive charts, putting the infield in shifts against certain hitters. Utilizing that kind of approach is one thing that made him attractive to Texas, according to Daniels.

Daniels and Washington have begun searching for a first-base coach. 

"[We want] a guy that can also help Tim communicate with players and be a part of a winning situation," Washington said.

Bogar hit .228 as a player in his nine-year career with the Mets, Astros and Dodgers as a utility outfielder.

The Rangers also said Monday that utility player Jeff Baker has been granted free agency after refusing an outright assignment. He was designated for assignment Oct. 9.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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