Bosley hired as hitting coach for Rangers

Bosley hired as hitting coach for Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Thad Bosley was the Athletics hitting coach when Jason Giambi won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 2000.

He was still there when Miguel Tejada won the award in 2002. Now he will be working with the reigning AL MVP.

Two hours after Josh Hamilton received that honor, the Rangers also announced that Bosley is their new hitting coach. He replaces Clint Hurdle, who stepped down after one season to become the Pirates' new manager.

"Anytime you are given the opportunity to work with one the best organizations in the Major Leagues, you want to be a part of that," Bosley said. "I feel it is a tremendous opportunity to be a part of this organization. They have some great young talent at the Major League level."

Bosley was interviewed for the job a year ago before the Rangers hired Hurdle. But he still enjoys a close relationship with manager Ron Washington going back to their time together on the Athletics. Bosley was a member of the Oakland staff for five seasons from 1999-2003, the first year as first base, outfield, and baserunning coach, and the last four years as hitting coach. He was relieved of his duties by the Oakland organization on May 31, 2003, and has not worked at the Major League level since then.

"Thad brings a will and a passion to help this young team go forward," Washington said. "He has a real passion for baseball and has the experience and knowledge. For what we accomplished in 2010, he's the right guy to help us move forward."

The Rangers led the Majors with a .276 average and ranked fourth in the AL in runs scored. But most important, they played winning offensive baseball en route to winning 90 games and their first division title since 1999.

The emphasis was on situational, winning baseball. For example, the Rangers led the league in sacrifice hits, second in sacrifice flies and third with a .276 batting average with runners in scoring position. They also had the third best batting average of any AL lineup when there were two strikes in the count.

Winning offensive baseball remains in the Rangers' philosophy, and Bosley is being hired to carry that through.

"Anytime you lead the league in hitting, you have a good philosophy in place," Bosley said. "There will be some tweaks in the philosophy, but the aim will be the same. Our goal is to repeat and get back to the postseason."

Bosley is the first former Rangers player to become their hitting coach. He played in the Major Leagues from 1977-1990, compiling a .272 career average in 784 big league games and ended his career with the Rangers. He also played with the Angels, White Sox, Brewers, Mariners, Cubs and Royals.

He spent 2010 as the first head baseball coach at Southwestern College in Phoenix. He also spent two years as the head coach at Bethany University in Scotts Valley, Calif. An accomplished musician and businessman, Bosley has also worked in several other non-baseball positions in his post-playing career.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.