SECOND SEASON: Mashore was named the club's assistant hitting coach on Nov. 5, 2015 and is in his second season on the major league staff…aided a lineup that finished among A.L. leaders in batting average (3rd, .262) and runs scored (4th, 765) in 2016…previously spent four years as a coach in the Texas system before he was promoted to current post…worked with the big league club as an extra coach at the end of the 2015 season and was with the team for that year's ALDS against Toronto.
COACHING BACKGROUND: Has spent the past four years (2012-15) as a hitting coach for Texas affiliates, serving with Triple-A Round Rock (2014- 15), Class A Hickory (2013), and in the Arizona League (2012)…in his year at Hickory, he mentored a group of young hitters -- including Joey Gallo, Ryan Rua, and Nomar Mazara -- that clubbed a South Atlantic League record 178 home runs…prior to joining the Rangers in 2012, he spent nine seasons as a coach in the Toronto organization from 2006-11…his stops in the Toronto system: Double-A New Hampshire (2011), Class A Advanced Dunedin (2010), Class A Lansing (2008-09), Class A Short Season Auburn (2006-07) and Rookie level Pulaski (2003-05).
PLAYING CAREER: Mashore was originally a third round selection by the Tigers in the 1991 June draft and spent 11 minor league seasons with Detroit (1991-96), San Diego (1997), Boston (1999), New York-NL (1999), and Colorado (2000-01)…career .241 hitter in the minors and reached Triple-A level with Toledo in 1995…also played in the independent Western League with the Chico Heat in 1998 and the Yuma Bullfrogs in 2000…was drafted out of Clayton Valley HS in his native Concord, CA, where he was all-American in football and all-state in baseball.
PERSONAL: Justin Clyde Mashore…he and wife Melissa, have four children: Mekenna (Jan. 23, 1995), Kayle (Aug. 24, 1996), Teegan (July 2, 2005), and Torrin (Feb. 20, 2006)…his late father, Clyde, played in five major league seasons with Cincinnati and Montreal, appearing in 241 games from 1969-73…his brother, Damon, batted .249 with eight home runs and 41 RBI in 185 games with Oakland and Anaheim from 1996-98 and is currently the minor league hitting coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers.