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Surprise: Orioles Hire a Rangers Coach

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    Guess what, I know it's going to hard to believe, but the Texas Rangers lost a member of their organization over the weekend to the Baltimore Orioles.

    Stop me if you've heard this one before.

    The Orioles and former Rangers manager Buck Showalter hired Scott Coolbaugh as their new hitting coach after Coolbaugh spent nearly a decade in the Rangers organization, including a year-and-a-half stint from 2011 through the 2012 season as the Rangers' hitting coach.

    After he was replaced by Dave Magadan, Coolbaugh stayed in the Rangers system as the team's minor-league hitting coordinator. Now, he's back in the big leagues after the Rangers had offered him a multi-year deal to stay in his current gig in the minors.

    "I’m extremely excited and actually humbled at the same time for an organization like the Orioles, that have had success, and for Buck to give a guy like me a chance,” Coolbaugh told the Baltimore Sun. “I just want to fit in and be a part of it.”

    Coolbaugh is reunited with several familiar faces, most notably Orioles slugger Chris Davis, who had an MVP-caliber season in 2013 before failing to crack the Mendoza Line in 2014 despite hitting 26 homers.