Magadan Gives His Side to Departure

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While Dave Magadan might have wanted to work closer to home, the old tried and true reason given for his exit from the Rangers' coaching staff a couple of weeks ago didn't tell the whole truth, at least not according to him.

Magadan, who was the longtime hitting coach with the Boston Red Sox before coming to Texas, told the Boston Globe there was more to it than that, citing a difference of opinion and manager Jeff Banister wanting to go after his own guy — something we'd speculated last week.

Magadan was the Rangers' hitting coach under Ron Washington and served in the capacity during Banister's rookie year, which saw the Rangers make a tremendous second-half run and win the AL West after an awful start to the season.

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With that success comes more trust in a manager, and it appears Banister is indeed going after one of "his guys."

 "I don't blame Jeff for wanting his own guy," Magadan told the Globe. "I think Jeff and (general manager) Jon (Daniels) and I just saw things differently.''

Like Magadan said, this is nothing unheard of, and a successful manager should be able to bring in guys he is comfortable with, and that appears to be the case here.

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