RIGHT AT HOME: "Boo" enters his third season as the Rangers bench coach after being named to the position on October 31, 2014…he previously 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 offthe-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 postgame 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...managed over half of club's current 40-man roster at some point in past six seasons...served as manager for Class A Bakersfield (2009), Double-A Frisco (2010-13), and Triple-A Round Rock (2014)...in lone season at Triple-A last year, managed a club that saw 79 different players suit up, including 25 different starting pitchers...was named Texas League's best managing prospect for his first three years at Frisco from 2010-12, going to the postseason in each of those three 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)...still ranks second in Rangers' history with 835 games at third base, trailing only 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 seven starts at third base for Pirates in 1991 NLCS, batting .304 (7-23) in his club's seven-game series loss...his four career homers off current San Diego 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 Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway...was also drafted out of Servite High School (Anaheim, Calif.) by White Sox in 1979 June draft (ninth 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 second 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 Jan. 21, 1989 and couple has five children: Garrett (Oct. 23, 1989), Tanner (July 7, 1991), Jordan (Aug. 29, 1994), Amber (July 23, 1996) and Shane (Jan. 8, 1998)...his son, Garrett, was selected in the 14th round of the 2011 June draft out of the University of Oklahoma and played two seasons in the San Francisco Giants' organization...his son Shane graduated from Arlington Lamar High School in December and is now a quarterback at the University of Texas.