Bogar steps in for friend Washington as interim manager

Bench-coach-turned skipper says focus will be on business as usual

Bogar steps in for friend Washington as interim manager

ARLINGTON -- Tim Bogar had a deep desire to become a Major League manager, but this was not the way he wanted to fulfill that dream.

Bogar became the Rangers interim manager on Friday when Ron Washington stepped down for personal reasons.

"Obviously this is not how you want to become a manager for the first time, especially taking over for a good friend," Bogar said. "I've known Wash for a long time. He coached me in Triple-A and taught me how to get to the big leagues. As a colleague, bench coach and friend, that's what I'm going to miss most, his friendship and the time we spent together on the bench.

"At the same time, I'm the manager and I've got a job to do. We've got to move forward as a team. We've got 22 days left in the season, we've got to get these guys to play to the best of their ability for those 22 days."

Bogar will manage the Rangers for the rest of the year, but general manager Jon Daniels said the club will likely begin a search for a new manager after the season.

"We haven't gotten that far yet, but ultimately we're going to make the best choice for the club moving forward," Daniels said.

Bogar was given the job on an interim basis. The Rangers have several in the organization who could emerge as candidates for a Major League managerial job, including pitching coach Mike Maddux, third-base coach Gary Pettis and Triple-A manager Steve Buechele.

Bogar was considered by the Astros two years ago while Maddux previously interviewed with the Cubs and Buechele with the Rockies.

"Tim is very well regarded," Daniels said. "He's got the respect of his peers and players, he is a hard worker, knowledgeable, organized, respected on the staff. He was a natural choice."

Bogar met briefly with the players before Friday's game against the Mariners, that after Washington met with them. With his players still stunned at the news, Bogar didn't try to overload them about what's coming up next.

"We just talked about the next 22 days being business as usual," Bogar said. "We're going to talk to each and every one of them. As a coaching staff, we have to continue to do what we've been doing. It was a shock to them, so the experience of the coaching staff has to take over. We're going to continue to work toward the end of the season and getting prepared for 2015."

Bogar, 47, joined the Rangers this season as bench coach, replacing Jackie Moore. An eighth-round pick by the Mets in 1987 out of Eastern Illinois University, Bogar first worked with Washington in 1991-92. He was an infielder in the Mets organization and Washington was the third-base coach at Triple-A Tidewater.

Bogar played for the Mets in 1993-96, the Astros in 1997-2000 and the Dodgers in 2001. He managed for two years in the Astros organization in 2004-05 and the Indians organization in 2006-07. He also managed at Double-A Arkansas in the Angels organization in 2013 and has an overall Minor League managerial record of 283-206 for a .579 winning percentage. His teams finished first or in the playoffs all five seasons and he was twice named his league's Manager of the Year.

He spent 2008 as a quality assurance coach with the Rays and then 2009-12 as a coach on the Red Sox staff.

"Ron has taught me a lot about a lot of things," Bogar said. "Everybody knows how passionate he is, how enthusiastic he is. The thing he taught me is the players don't care how much you know but want to know that you care."

Now Bogar takes over for Washington and has 22 days to make an impression.

"I finally get a chance to manage a team," Bogar said. "It's obvious this is an opportunity … a small brief window to gain the trust of the players, gain the trust of the front office and the organization and do things the right way."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.