Rangers select director for youth programs

Ex-MLB player Bush hired for new post; registration open for coaches clinic

The Rangers appointed former Major League infielder Homer Bush to director of youth baseball programs on Thursday.

Bush, who batted .285 in 409 Major League games with the Yankees (1997-98, 2004), Blue Jays (1999-2002) and Marlins (2002), will oversee youth camps and clinic programs, and serve the Rangers' Junior and Senior RBI efforts in Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth and Lancaster. The new post begins in January.

Bush also will serve as the team's liaison and contact for the construction and initial development of the Texas Rangers MLB Urban Youth Academy in West Dallas. The state-of-the-art facility is a joint effort between the Rangers, Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and Dallas-based Mercy Street. Work is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2016.

Bush has conducted youth baseball clinics for the Blue Jays, worked events for the MLB/USA Baseball Breakthrough Series, and is currently coaching in the Southlake, Texas, area. Bush is co-author of the book "Hitting Low in the Zone: A New Baseball Paradigm," with Monica Greer (Paige1Publishing, 2015).

Also, Laura Parker has been promoted to assistant director of youth baseball programs and community outreach. Parker has been serving as the Rangers' assistant for community outreach/youth ballpark.

In other news, members of the Rangers' Major League coaching staff will be among the instructors for the second-annual clinic for area youth baseball coaches on Jan. 24 at Globe Life Park. The Rangers' coaches will be among the instructors in the classroom-style clinic. The event is open to youth baseball coaches at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration is limited and open at texasrangers.com/camps.

The clinic will be conducted in the Rangers Hall of Fame, with doors opening Jan. 24 at 8 a.m. CT. Instruction will begin at 8:30 and is expected to conclude around 2 p.m.

The clinic is presented by the Texas Rangers and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation as part of an ongoing commitment to youth baseball and softball in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and throughout the Southwest. For information, call 817-273-5297.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.