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October 19, 2012

Rangers hire Dave Magadan as hitting coach

The Rangers have made their first move of the off-season, dismissing hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh and replacing him with former Boston hitting coach Dave Magadan.

A source said earlier in the week that hitting coach was likely the only spot on manager Ron Washington's staff that could change before the 2013 season.

The move comes two weeks after the Rangers' season came to an end after a wild-card loss to Baltimore. The Rangers scored the most runs (808) in baseball and had the second-highest batting average (.273), but they slumped at the end of the season and also suffered lapses in execution during multiple stretches of the season. Some players stayed in prolonged slumps, and others suffered some of the worst seasons of their careers.

Magadan, meanwhile, jumps off a sinking ship that already claimed Bobby Valentine as Boston manager and saw three key players dealt to the Dodgers in August. Magadan had been with Boston since 2007, winning the World Series that season. The Red Sox amassed the most doubles and extra-base hits in the majors during his six-year run and were second in runs.

Coolbaugh will be offered a job within the organization.

-- Jeff Wilson

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