According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas News, the Texas Rangers have named Tim Bogar as the team’s new bench coach, replacing Jackie Moore, who was let go by the organization.
Texas manager Ron Washington and Bogar have a long history that is well-documented by Fraley.
The two first met in the Mets’ system, when Washington was a coach with the organizations’ Triple-A affiliate and Bogar was a shortstop.
“I’ve known Wash for a long time,” Bogar said. “He made me understand what it is to be a major-league player.
As a player, Bogar played third base, first base and shorstop for nine seasons. He appeared in games for the Mets, Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bogar spent from 2008-2012 with the Boston Red Sox, and he managed the Los Angeles Angels’ Double-A affiliate this season.
Bogar also served as a “quality assurance coach” with the Rays in 2007. He is known around the game as someone who is able to break down and implement a variety of new information, which Fraley says was evident in his use of defensive shifts.
“Tim has a great reputation in the game,” Texas general manager Jon Daniels said. “He’s a great communicator, very prepared and has a smart baseball mind.”