The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has hired Tim Bogar as bench coach.
Bogar, who turns 47 next Monday, spent this past season as manager for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers in the Texas League, a Los Angeles Angels affiliate. The Travelers went 73-66 (.525) in 2013, the third-best record in the league last year, and lost the Texas League Championship Series to San Antonio, 3-games-to-2. Bogar spent the previous four seasons on the major league staff for the Boston Red Sox, serving as bench coach (2012), third base coach (2010-11) and first base coach (2009). He was joined on the Sox coaching staff for each of those four seasons by current Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan.
Prior to joining Boston, the Indiana native spent the 2008 season as the quality assurance coach for the Tampa Bay Rays and managed in the Cleveland (2006-07) and Houston (2004-05) minor league systems. He has a 362-266 (.576) career record as a minor league manager. In his five seasons as a minor league manager, Bogar's teams have reached their league's championship round four times, posting the circuit's best cumulative regular season record in the one year in which they did not reach the final round. He won manager of the year honors in both the Appalachian League (2004 with Greeneville) and Eastern League (2006 with Akron). Bogar was also on the 2006 All-Star Futures Game coaching staff.
Bogar batted .228 in a nine-year major league career with New York-NL (1993-96), Houston (1997-2000), and Los Angeles-NL (2001). He played for coach Ron Washington, who was on the staff for the Triple-A Tidewater Tides in the New York Mets organization, in both 1991 and 1992. He was teammates with current Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux on the 1993 Mets, and played with Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre during his final big league campaign on the 2001 Dodgers. Bogar was originally selected by the Mets in the eighth round of the 1987 June draft out of Eastern Illinois University.
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