Ron Washington may be gone. But his presence over the Rangers will remain.
As new manager Jeff Banister has assembled his coaching staff for 2015, there are a couple familiar faces from the previous regime.
On Banister’s staff will be pitching coach Mike Maddux, hitting coach Dave Magadan, assistant hitting coach Bobby Jones and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins, who all served their roles in 2014 for Washington. The staff probably would’ve included the return of third-base/outfield coach Gary Pettis, but he left for a similar role with the Houston Astros during the Rangers’ search for a new manager.
Probably good that all ties to Washington aren’t erased, as the Rangers like to fancy themselves as a team’s that regrouping rather than rebuilding.
The 2015 staff:
Bench coach: Steve Buechele
Pitching coach: Mike Maddux
Hitting coach: Dave Magadan
First base coach: Hector Ortiz
Third base coach: Tony Beasley
Bullpen coach: Andy Hawkins
Field coordinator: Jayce Tingler
Asst. hitting coach: Bobby Jones
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.