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June 08, 2011

Bosley out as Rangers hitting coach

Thad Bosley, who was hired to be the Rangers hitting coach in the offseason, has been relieved of his duties. Former Rangers player Scott Coolbaugh will replace Bosley.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the move was an organizational decision and manager Ron Washington echoed the sentiments.

"We're not going to get into specifics," Washington said. "The bottom line is we decided to make a change and move in a different direction. Our goal is to try and get back to the World Series."

The Rangers are second in the American League in batting average and fourth in runs scored, but according to sources, Bosley has failed to mesh with many of the Rangers hitters.

Coolbaugh will be the fourth Rangers hitting coach in less than three seasons.

Longtime coach Rudy Jaramillo was replaced by Clint Hurdle last season. Hurdle left to take the job as the Pittsburgh manager. Coolbaugh, who was drafted by the Rangers in 1987, has been the hitting coach for the Rangers Triple A organization since 2009.

- Anthony Andro

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