The only thing missing on the Texas Rangers' new coaching staff assembled by new manager Jeff Banister is a third-base coach. Banister's choice to be his bench coach, or right-hand man, is a familiar face to longtime Rangers fans as he tabbed former Rangers third baseman and fan favorite Steve Buechele, who's spent recent years managing in the Rangers' minor-league system and was actually a Rangers managerial candidate and was interviewed for the gig.
Buechele's addition to the big-league staff is a big deal for several reasons with none bigger than his familiarity with some of the Rangers' young up-and-coming players -- some that are on the roster currently and others who might be arriving soon.
Buechele spent last season as the manager at Triple-A Round Rock after several seasons as the Double-A Frisco skipper and is familiar with several of the Rangers' younger players.
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It's going to be especially nice for Banister to have someone like Buechele on his staff as he tries to get to know several of the players himself. Buechele will be a great liaison early in the Banister era as he tries to get acclimated to his new players and vice versa.