Tim Bogar, who has spent time on the coaching staffs in Tampa Bay and Boston, has been hired by the Rangers as bench coach on manager Ron Washington's staff.
Bogar replaces Jackie Moore, who was let go shortly after the season, and will also handle infield instruction. The Rangers will soon begin interviewing candidates to be first-base coach, said general manager Jon Daniels. The ideal candidate will be able to coach catchers, said Washington.
Bogar spent this season as the manager of Double A Arkansas in the Angels' organization.
"Tim had a reputation for being a very smart player and equally so a great reputation in the game as being a great communicator, very prepared, and generally a smart baseball mind," Daniels said.
Bogar and Washington have a relationship that dates to the 1990s, when Bogar was a minor-league player in the Mets organization and Washington was on the Triple A staff. Bogar said that he became a major-leaguer thanks to Washington's help.
"I remember him teaching me how to become a shortstop," Bogar said. "He got me over the hump to be a major-league player. I knew from the first time I met him that he cared for me more as a person than a player."
Bogar played with pitching coach Mike Maddux and was on the Boston coaching staffs with hitting coach Dave Magadan.
-- Jeff Wilson