Molina back with Rangers as first base coach
NOV 12, 2013 10:41a ET
The Rangers have also made the hiring of Bobby Jones official, as Jones will move from Round Rock manager to the team's assistant hitting coach.
Molina spent the 2013 season as the assistant hitting coach for St. Louis where his brother Yadier Molina is the catcher.
"It's a great opportunity for me not only now but for the near future," Molina said. "I think I have a lot of knowledge in different areas of the game and I can help anybody at any time. I have it in my head that I'm just going to come in and help as many people as I can."
Molina enjoyed his time coaching in St. Louis but with the Cardinals staff set and the opportunity to move up to first-base coach, he thought his coaching future was better with Texas.
"It wasn't easy to leave my brother or to leave the Cardinals," Bengie Molina said. "It's more in my future and what's ahead. First-base coach is way higher than assistant hitting coach and I thought the Cardinals had everybody set and here's an opportunity to move up higher and that's why the decision was made."
While Molina didn't spend much time with the Rangers, he said he enjoyed the clubhouse atmosphere because the club had fun in addition to winning.
Texas manager Ron Washington like the idea of adding Molina to his staff.
"I think he commands respect," Washington said. "I think he brings credibility and I think he's able to assist in many areas with his knowledge of the game from the vantage point of he's seen it from the many years that he's caught. We're so pleased that he decided to join us."
Molina was acquired by the Rangers before the trade deadline in 2010 and hit .240 for Texas with two homers and 19 RBI while serving as the team's primary catcher. He hit for the cycle in a game against Boston and also had a key home run in the American League Championship Series against New York.
Molina spent most of his career playing for the Anaheim/ Los Angeles Angels and also played for Toronto and the San Francisco Giants. He won a World Series ring with Anaheim and also one with San Francisco in 2010 as he was acquired by the Rangers from San Francisco.
Molina, who didn't play after his time with Texas, finished his career as a .274 hitter with 144 home runs and 711 RBI. He also won Gold Gloves in 2002 and 2003.
"He's a winner," assistant general manager Jon Daniels said. "He's singularly focused doing what it takes on a day-to-day basis to win a baseball game."
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