Tag:Scott Coolbaugh
Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:13 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 8:38 pm

Rangers fire hitting coach

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Thad BosleyForget the fact that the Rangers came into Wednesday's game with the fourth-best on-base plus slugging in the majors at .760 or have scored more runs than all but three American League teams. Rangers hitting coach Thad Bosley "has been relieved of his duties," according to a team press release.

Bosley was in his first year as the team's hitting coach, replacing Clint Hurdle, who left to take the manager spot in Pittsburgh.

Bosley will be replaced by Scott Coolbaugh, who was the hitting coach at the team's Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, Texas.

I'm interested to see where this story goes from here, because it wouldn't seem on-field performance was the problem for Bosley and first-place Rangers.

Here's what Josh Hamilton had to say about the move, via Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

"Thad was a good guy," Hamilton said. "He had a good heart. He just didn't fit with us. He's professional the way he approaches the game and the way he approaches teaching the game. It just didn't mesh with our clubhouse."

Hamilton said the biggest difference in Bosley and the other hitting coaches the Rangers have had was in his style of communication.

"A lot of it was communication," Hamilton said. "There was not a lot there. You'd like to have somebody that knows when to back off, when to approach, gets what they want to get across to you but find out your personality and how to get it across to you. Those things just didn't happen the way it needed to."

A source tells CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler that Bosley's attempts to change Hamilton's approach at the plate played a part in the dismissal.

According to the Dallas Morning News's Evan Grant, it wasn't just Hamilton who had problems with Bosley. From Grant's blog:

The problem, however, may be more over communication than philosophy. While the Rangers last two hitting coaches - Rudy Jaramillo and Hurdle - were eager to communicate with players, Bosley was much more reserved. That quietness could be perceived as being aloof or disconnected.

And there had been some recent confrontations with players. Perhaps the most serious of those was an incident between Bosley and struggling catcher Yorvit Torrealba. According to multiple sources, Torrealba asked in Philadelphia if he could take some extra batting practice swings since pitcher Colby Lewis declined to participate in batting practice on the day he was pitching. It was, according to sources, agreed upon that Torrealba could hit in two different groups. But when he stepped in with the second group, sources said, Bosley told him he was not supposed to take the additional swings. Torrealba then left the field. An argument between the two ensued in the clubhouse.

It was, according to club sources, one of a number of disagreements with other players, ranging from veterans to young players.

Coolbaugh is in his fifth season in the Rangers system. He was drafted by Texas in 1987 out of the University of Texas and played for the Rangers, Padres and Cardinals, as well as teams in Japan in Korea.

Bosley was the A's hitting coach from 1999-2003, serving on the same staff as Rangers manager Ron Washington in Oakland.

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