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Tim Bogar Won Games, But Lost Job

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    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 09: Interim Manager Tim Bogar #27 of the Texas Rangers looks on as the Rangers take on the Los Angeles Angels in the bottom of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 9, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    I didn’t think Tim Bogar necessarily deserved to be the Rangers’ next manager. Nonetheless, I thought the job was his.

    So, um, what happened?

    After Ron Washington’s abrupt resignation Bogar guided the Rangers to a surprising, albeit meaningless, 14-8 run the last month of the season. Given that turnaround, it was a tad jolting when he lost the managerial race to Pirates’ bench coach Jeff Banister.

    After a couple rounds of interviews it certainly seemed Bogar retained the inside track to the gig.

    But instead, Banister wowed general manager Jon Daniels with his authenticity. Daniels, remember, has a soft spot for anonymous players who toil as bench coaches.

    “It’s not a situation of Tim or anybody else losing it,” Daniels said at last week’s press conference. “It’s a situation where Jeff won the job.”

    Not sure how much more Bogar could’ve done with his cameo, real-time audition for the gig. But this much seems clear: Daniels thinks he’s hiring a Washington clone with Banister. Aggressive. Optimistic. Savvy on sabermetrics.

    Bogar might still land a gig with the Rangers, but it won’t be as full-time manager. Not yet, anyway.

    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.