Coolbaugh Out as Ranger’s Hitting Coach. Dave Magadan In.

The Rangers signed Dave Magadan as their new hitting coach.  It’s an interesting move.  The Rangers actually had a really good offensive season, but it just never felt that way.  They were particularly bad with runners on 3rd and less than 2 outs.  Magadan has been at Boston since 2007 and is considered one of the best hitting coaches in the league.  So, on paper, this looks like a great move.  I guess we will see next year, especially looking at whether the situational hitting gets better.

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One Response to Coolbaugh Out as Ranger’s Hitting Coach. Dave Magadan In.

  1. Ben says:

    To most Rangers fans, I would have to think that experiences with different hitting coaches are a relatively new and unfamiliar thing. Rudy Jaramillo was a guru on the bench for a good number of years, and off of the top of my head, I can’t honestly remember who was in that position before him. It was a scary thing to see Rudy go, because we could always depend on some great years at the plate, and the players bought into his philosophy wholeheartedly.
    We were however very fortunate to have had Clint Hurdle follow behind him seamlessly (correct me if I’m wrong on this…can’t remember if that’s what Art Howe’s role was or not when he was here), and once again I was nervous to see yet another solid bench leave, albeit for a great job opportunity. Despite that feeling, I really don’t remember that much about the demise of Thad Bosley, other than he wasn’t around very long after Clint left. Scott Coolbaugh was an interesting choice to take that job, I think for myself because nobody outside of the Rangers circle would have a clue who he was, other than being the brother of the guy responsible for base coaches having to wear helmets on the field now. I don’t think his time here was a complete failure, but I do think the offense suffered under his tutelage.
    I am optimistic about Dave coming in. He makes me think of that tier of players that Mile Maddux comes out of: not the greatest skill set as a major league player, but they had decent careers because they were intellectuals with the set they had. That makes for great managers and coaches I think. For those that it came easy to be largely successful, they typically don’t fare well in those roles. I think of all the current managers, the ones with the most major league success would have to be Don Mattingly and Robin Ventura, and the Jury’s still out on those since both clubs crashed and burned at the end of the season. I guess Scioscia wasn’t too shabby, and if you agree with that, then he’d be a large (no pun intended) exception to the rule. Anyway, I’ll shut up now 🙂

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