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October 02, 2013

Rangers fire bench coach Jackie Moore, first-base coach Dave Anderson

Ranager manager Ron Washington is going to be hugging a new bench coach after each win next season.

Club management told Jackie Moore on Wednesday morning that he won't be brought back for 2014 even though the Rangers won 457 games in his five years next to Washington.

The Rangers later made that move official, along with first-base coach Dave Anderson not being retained. The other four coaches on the staff -- pitching coach Mike Maddux, hitting coach Dave Magadan, bullpen coach Andy Hawkins and third-base coach Gary Pettis, will return.

No replacements have been named, though Triple A manager Bobby Jones could be a candidate for the first-base job and Double A manager Steve Buechele could be bench coach. Another candidate to consider is Dale Sveum, who was recently fired as Cubs manager but worked on the same staff with Maddux in Milwaukee.

Moore, 74, is out, and he expects to retire after 56 years in the game.

"They got me this morning," Moore said. "They want to go in a different direction. They felt like they needed to make some changes."

Moore said that he met briefly with Washington after hearing the news, and said that Washington was upset to be losing a friend and trusty assistant.

"I don't think any manager and any coaching staff worked harder than we worked to get the results we did," Moore said. "We not only became very close, but I feel like we accomplished a lot. Two World Series, a playoffs and a game to get in the playoffs. That's a lot of success for people to be getting fired, isn't it?"

Anderson also joined the staff in 2009 as the third-base coach and infield coach. He and Pettis swapped positions on the bases this season.

-- Jeff Wilson

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