Bogar opts to break from Rangers' coaching staff

Former interim skipper will pursue other opportunities around the Major Leagues

Bogar opts to break from Rangers' coaching staff

ARLINGTON -- Tim Bogar, who served as interim manager for the final 22 games of the Rangers' season, will not be joining new manager Jeff Banister's coaching staff.

That was the conclusion reached after Bogar had discussions with Banister and general manager Jon Daniels. Bogar was passed over for the managerial post when the Rangers hired Banister last Thursday.

"Jeff Banister and I have both had discussions with Tim over the last few days as we began the process of putting a Major League coaching staff together, and we have decided that it is best for us to go in another direction," Daniels said. "I have indicated to Tim that he has the option of accepting another position within the organization and at present, he is going to look at other potential opportunities. I want to thank Tim for his contributions to the Rangers this past season, especially as interim manager under some very difficult circumstances."

Banister has also spoken with pitching coach Mike Maddux and hitting coach Dave Magadan. There is a strong chance Maddux will return but Magadan is up in the air. The Yankees, Mets and Athletics have all shown interest in him since the season ended.

That leaves first-base coach Bengie Molina, who also instructs the catching, and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins, who has a close relationship with Maddux. Bobby Jones, who was the assistant hitting coach and served as bench coach under Bogar, will likely stay in the organization in some capacity.

This leaves the Rangers with two openings on the coaching staff as Gary Pettis has left the organization to join the Astros. The Rangers were 14-8 under Bogar, winning 13 of their last 16 games.

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.