Rangers tab Bogar as bench coach
OCT 21, 2013 2:00p ET
Texas has tabbed Tim Bogar to be the team's new bench coach, replacing Jackie Moore.
Bogar spent the 2013 season as the manager for the Los Angeles' Angels Double A team in Arkansas. He spent four years (2009-2012) coaching in Boston, working as the bench coach, first-base coach and third-base coach. He also spent a year on the Tampa Bay coaching staff.
Bogar has experience with Texas manager Ron Washington. When Bogar was a minor leaguer in the New York Mets organization, one of his coaches was Washington and Bogar credited Washington for helping turn him into a major-league ready shortstop.
A hot commodity in coaching circles, Bogar was eager to join a Texas team he's watched from the opposing dugout.
"Being a member of the Boston Red Sox staff for four years and with Tampa the year before that, I've seen this organization from afar and had high esteem for what was going on over here," Bogar said. "When I got the opportunity to sit with them and discuss this upcoming year, it was quite obvious to me this was the place to be. I was very impressed with everything that was going on, where they're headed, what they're doing, most importantly being on Wash's staff and join some of the guys I've coached with and played with and get to know some of the new staff members."
Bogar was one of four candidates the Rangers brought to Arlington for interviews.
"First and foremost, he's a good baseball man," general manager Jon Daniels said. "You look at his background and his experiences, getting to Triple A and getting the opportunity and making the most of it. He's arguably kind of an overachiever, utilizing all the resources around him and getting the most out of his ability. That's ultimately what we're looking for in our coaches, guys that help our players get the most out of their abilities."
In addition to handling the bench-coach duties, Bogar will be in charge or organizing spring training and working with the infielders. Those duties had been handled by Dave Anderson, who wasn't retained as the team's first-base coach.
Bogar played nine seasons in the majors, making his debut with the Mets in 1993. He also played for Houston and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Rangers are still in need of a first-base coach. Daniels said that interview process has not begun.
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