Bogar says he hasn't discussed Astros' post

Bogar says he hasn't discussed Astros' post

ARLINGTON -- Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar, who spent two years managing in the Astros' Minor League system in 2004-05, said on Monday that he hadn't talked with anyone with the Astros about becoming the club's full-time manager. Bogar replaced Ron Washington earlier this month and is the favorite to land the Rangers' job full-time.

Bogar was on the Astros' list of potential candidates prior to Washington's resignation, but Houston might not even get the chance to talk with him.

"The way I look at is this is my job and where I'm at, and where I want to stay right now," Bogar said before the opener of a three-game set at Globe Life Park.

Bogar, who played with the Astros from 1997-2000, retired as a player in 2002 after spending the spring with the Rockies and he was an equipment representative for Rawlings in '03. Wanting to get back into coaching, he called then-Astros assistant general manager Tim Purpura in '04 and asked if the club had any openings.

"I told him I wanted to get back in and he said, 'All I have is a rookie ball manager job,' and I said, 'I'll take it,'" Bogar said. "I owe it to Tim."

Bogar managed in the system for two seasons, but with Jackie Moore entrenched as manager at Triple-A Round Rock and Dave Clark at Double-A Corpus Christi, he could see there wasn't much room for movement. Bogar left for the Indians organization, and later served on Major Leagues staffs with the Rays and Red Sox before joining the Rangers.

Bogar and Astros legend Craig Biggio are friends, and Biggio is expected to be among those to participate in the interviews of potential managerial candidates.

"Craig's a good guy," Bogar said. "Hopefully, they rely on him and do the right thing."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.