RIGHT AT HOME: "Boo" enters his fourth season on the Rangers coaching staff after initially being added on October 31, 2014…this will be his first season as first base coach after three campaigns (2015-17) as bench coach… joins Tony Beasley and Hector Ortiz as the only members of the coaching staff for each of Jeff Banister's three seasons as manager…served as manager for pair of Texas losses on Sept. 23-24, 2017 at Oakland, filling in for Jeff Banister, who travelled to the Houston area to be with his mother…Buechele has twice been ejected as a coach: 5/15/16 vs. TOR and 8/12/17 vs. HOU... Before joining the staff, spent six seasons (2009-14) as a manager in the Rangers farm system, and also assisted the Big League staff as an extra coach in September in those years…the former Texas player and longtime Metroplex resident was an active member of the Rangers Alumni Legacy Program after his retirement, assisting in a wide variety of on- and off-the-field endeavors…as a Legacy Alumni Coach for the Rangers staff in 2008, Buechele spent time in Texas Spring Training camp as a precursor to his stint as a Minor League manager…prior to entering the coaching ranks, he also worked pre- and post-game shows as an analyst with Fox Sports Southwest during Rangers broadcasts…Buechele was very active in community service work during his playing career and was selected as the recipient of the 1987 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award by the Dallas-Fort Worth BBWAA.
MINOR LEAGUE EXPERIENCE: Spent six seasons as a manager in the Texas farm system from 2009- 14, guiding his clubs to postseason berths in four of those six campaigns…served as manager for High-A Bakersfield (2009), Double-A Frisco (2010-13), and Triple-A Round Rock (2014)… in lone season at Triple-A, managed a club that saw 79 different players suit up, including 25 starting pitchers…was named Texas League's best managing prospect for his first 3 years at Frisco from 2010-12, going to the postseason in each of those 3 campaigns…the RoughRiders lost in the league finals in 2012… made managerial and coaching debut at Bakersfield in 2009, leading the Blaze to the California League North Division finals.
PLAYING CAREER: Originally selected by Texas in the fifth round of the 1982 June draft out of Stanford University, the former third baseman played 1334 games over 11 seasons in the majors with Texas (1985-91, 1995), Pittsburgh (1991- 92), and Chicago-NL (1992-95)…ranks third in Rangers history with 835 games at third base, trailing only Adrian Beltre (871) and Buddy Bell (901), whose spot he claimed after Bell was traded to Cincinnati in 1985…prior to a trade to Pittsburgh in 1991, he compiled a .991 fielding percentage at third base for Texas, a figure which is still a single-season Major League record at the position for either league (min. 108 games)…lone postseason action came in 7 starts at third base for Pirates in 1991 NLCS, batting .304 (7-23) in his club's 7-game series loss…his 4 homers off Colorado manager Bud Black are tied for his most against any opponent in his career.
AMATEUR: Boo played three seasons at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. and helped lead the Cardinal to the 1982 College World Series…at Stanford, he roomed with Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway…was also drafted out of Servite High School (Anaheim, Calif.) by White Sox in 1979 June draft (9th overall), but did not sign…was high school teammates with Mike Witt, who pitched a perfect game against the Rangers at Arlington Stadium on Sept. 30, 1984… Boo's 2nd career MLB home run was off Witt on 9/12/85 in Anaheim…played in 1979 Connie Mack World Series with Orange County, Calif.
PERSONAL: Steven Bernard Buechele…married the former Nancy Hemphill on 1/21/89 and couple has five children: Garrett (10/23/89), Tanner (7/27/91), Jordan (8/29/94), Amber (7/23/96) and Shane (1/8/98)…his son, Garrett, was selected in the 14th round of the 2011 June draft out of the University of Oklahoma and played 2 seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization…his son Shane is a quarterback for the University of Texas, and in 2016 became just the second player in school history to start his first career game at QB as a true freshman (also Bobby Layne, 1944)