Rangers expected to name hitting coach today.
According to local reports, “chances are good” that the Rangers will announce their new hitting coach today. Each of the four finalists – Rusty Greer, Thad Bosley, Gerald Perry, and Clint Hurdle – interviewed for two hours yesterday with Jon Daniels, Nolan Ryan, Ron Washington, Thad Levine, and Scott Servais. Daniels told the local press that the club was “going to sleep on it [and] discuss it internally, and there’s a decent chance we’ll make an offer Tuesday.”
Another thing that Texas is discussing internally, according to a local story, is the possibility of trading for Cubs hitter Milton Bradley, though the club doesn’t expect to make a deal. The same writer reported three weeks ago that the Rangers had no interest in reacquiring Bradley.
Set your DVR’s. Righthanders Tanner Scheppers and Danny Gutierrez were selected to play in the Arizona Fall League “Rising Stars” All-Star Game, which will be televised at 7:15 p.m. Central time this Saturday by MLB Network and online via MLB.com.
Baseball America, in a look back at the 2009 draft, ranked Scheppers’s fastball as second-best to Stephen Strasburg (just as BA had done before the draft), and had lefthander Matt Purke atop the “One Who Got Away” list of high school draft picks who didn’t sign. Outfielder Jabari Blash, the Rangers’ unsigned ninth-rounder, was fourth on the “One Who Got Away” list of college draftees.
Rangers Vice President of In-Park Entertainment Chuck Morgan will be honored with a tribute at VideoFest 22 this Friday night at 7:00 at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station. As part of the event, Morgan will show and discuss several of his early Rangers video compilations. For more information, go to http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2009/10/this_years_dallas_video_festiv.php and visit http://www.videofest.org.
Jim Reeves is retiring from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Nobody in this market did the human interest story any better.
Mike Brumley is now Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu’s new third base coach. Brumley was the Rangers’ minor league field coordinator from 2005 to 2007, during which Wakamatsu was on the Rangers’ big league coaching staff, and the two also crossed paths in the Angels organization in 2001 and 2002. Brumley joins pitching coach Rick Adair, bullpen coach John Wetteland, and performance coach Steve Hecht as former members of the Rangers organization now on the Mariners’ big league coaching staff.
According to Kiley McDaniel of Baseball Prospectus, the Rangers are among a number of teams in on 20-year-old Cuban lefthander Noel Arguelles.
The Traverse City Beach Bums of the independent Frontier League released lefthander Jared Locke. The Sioux Falls Canaries of the Independent American Association released righthander Pat Mahomes.
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