"I'm here, this is where I am at," Bogar said. "This is where I would like to be. This is where my focus is."
The Astros interviewed Bogar for their openings in 2009 and '12 but hired Brad Mills and Bo Porter instead. Bogar, who played for the Astros in 1997-2000, is expected to be on their list of candidates when the season is over, but things have changed. When Porter was dismissed on Sept. 1, Bogar was still the Rangers' bench coach. Now he is their interim manager and his team is playing well.
That may put Bogar in a position of being the favorite, but the Rangers are still planning to conduct a thorough search once the season is over. Bogar, who was promoted on Sept. 5, said he is operating under the assumption he will be the manager next year.
"Anybody doing the job I'm doing should assume that," Bogar said. "You would be wasting a whole month if you didn't think that way."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.