Coaching staff shakeup.

The Rangers have announced a number of changes to the coaching staff.  Only hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo and first base coach Gary Pettis are assured of returning to Ron Washington’s staff in 2009.  

Bench coach Art Howe and third base coach Matt Walbeck will not be offered contracts to return, and bullpen coach Jim Colborn is returning to his original scouting role as Director of Pacific Rim Operations.

Pitching coach Andy Hawkins will be interviewed for a position on the 2009 staff — he’ll presumably be considered for both the pitching coach and bullpen coach roles — and if he isn’t offered either position, the Rangers will offer him the opportunity to reclaim the role of AAA pitching coach, which he’d held for three seasons before joining the big league staff August 1.

More in the next Newberg Report.

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