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November 22, 2010

Rangers interview five to be hitting coach

The Rangers interviewed five finalists Monday to replace Clint Hurdle as hitting coach. Manager Ron Washington said each candidate was impressive and there is no timetable to have a new coach in place.

Former Oakland hitting coach Thad Bosley, former Seattle bench coach Ty Van Burkleo, Triple A hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh, roving hitting instructor Luis Ortiz and special-assignments coach Johnny Narron met with members of the front office and coaching staff.

Bosley was believed to be the runner-up to Hurdle last year as the Rangers replaced Rudy Jaramillo. Hurdle left last week after one season to become manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bosley, the baseball coach at Southwestern College in Phoenix, coached alongside Washington in Oakland from 2000 to 2003.

Van Burkleo has also served as the A's hitting coach, though his two seasons there in 2007 and 2008 did not overlap with Washington's stint on the coaching staff.

It appears as though Rusty Greer, in the Rangers Hall of Fame and a candidate last year, is not in the running to replace Hurdle. Another candidate last year, Gerald Perry, was hired recently as Oakland's hitting coach.

-- Jeff Wilson


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What about Randy Ready? Ken Rosenthal tweeted that he interviewed on Friday?

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