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Josh Hamilton on why Texas fired hitting coach Thad Bosley: “It was communication … not a lot there”

Jun 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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When the Rangers fired hitting coach Thad Bosley yesterday after just two months on the job I wrote that it couldn’t have been based on the lineup’s performance, because they rank fourth among AL teams in runs scored with a similar output to last season.

And sure enough, comments from the front office and various players made it clear that Bosley was let go not because the offense was struggling under his tutelage, but because most players didn’t like working with him.

Here’s what Josh Hamilton told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas:

He just didn’t fit with us. He’s a professional in the way he approaches the game and teaches the game, but it just didn’t mesh with our clubhouse. It was communication … not a lot there. You’d like to have somebody that knows when to back off, knows when to approach, gets what they want to get across to you, but find out your personality and find out how to get it across to you. Those things just didn’t happen the way they needed to.

Adding to the surprisingly quick firing is that Bosley was hired in part because of his long friendship with Ron Washington, but the manager seemed to accept the move while praising replacement Scott Coolbaugh:

Coolbaugh has a relationship with those guys and they trust in him. He’s sharp. We won’t miss a beat. We’ll move forward.

Coolbaugh worked with many of the Rangers’ hitters in the minors and shortstop Elvis Andrus in particular had good things to say about him. Of course, just a few months ago everyone had good things to say about Bosley too and now Coolbaugh is the Rangers’ fourth hitting coach in less than three seasons.

  1. halladaysbicepts - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    I’m getting the impression that this Josh Hamilton is a prima donna. First, he throws his 3rd base coach under the bus on the play at the plate that he was injured on earlier this year. Now he’s talking smack about the hitting coach that just was fired. He’s got too much to say.

    Hamilton must be a joy to coach…

    • baseballstars - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      I’m inclined to agree with you, unless some other players step up to the plate and back up Hamilton’s sentiment. Hamilton was notoriously hard to work with when he was in Cincy – maybe the problem isn’t the coach or the instructor, but the player, the student.

    • SmackSaw - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      I reluctantly agree.

    • 5thbase - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

      Was the third base coach a fool to send him? Yes, he actually was. Now Hamilton apologized about what he said later because it was obviously a situation where he was emotional about getting hurt on a horrible slide (that was his fault) and nothing needed to be said because the 3rd base coach was certainly the first person to realize what a stupid decision it was to send him. So again, Hamilton shouldn’t have said anything, but it’s not like he wasn’t 100% factually correct in what he was saying.

      So now we have a coach that gets fired 2 months in. Would you prefer the typical athlete non-answer after which we’re still wondering why the guy was let go? Would you like to hear all the wonderful things about him and not understand why it didn’t work out?

      A typical person probably says about 400 negative things about other people every week, but if a pro athlete has 2 factually accurate criticisms over the course of 5 years he’s called a prima donna.

    • Senor Cardgage - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:11 PM

      Did any of you actually read the linked article? This was “an organizational decision,” not a decision by any one player. From the accompanying blog post, it seems that “several players said they didn’t feel like they were listened to” and “Bosley had a few run-ins with players, much of it stemming from miscommunications.”

      There’s no reason to single out Hamilton. He, like Elvis Andrus and general manager Jon Daniels, was just one person who commented when questioned by reporters about the situation.

      And nobody’s throwing Bosley under the bus. Hamilton said he’s a “good guy with a good heart.” Andrus “wish[es] him the best.” Daniels said that it was “nothing about Thad’s credentials or work ethic or what he did. Sometimes, time and place aren’t right.”

      It just wasn’t a good fit is all.

      Regarding the fact that “Coolbaugh is the Rangers’ fourth hitting coach in less than three seasons,” that’s only because Clint Hurdle did such a good job that he landed a manager position.

  2. The Baseball Idiot - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Yup, Josh Hamilton throwing another coach under the bus. He was a lot easier to like as an addict than as a Christian.

    • texasarmyranger - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM

      Your username describes you almost perfectly. Just remove the word “Baseball”.

      Josh Hamilton is not a prima donna. He’s extremely well-liked by his teammates because of his humility. He’s a league MVP but he’s fully aware of how blessed he is to be in this position, and that keeps him humble (and likeable). He’s been given a second chance and he knows it’s because he surrendered his life to Christ. Had that not happened, he wouldn’t be in baseball and he wouldn’t be “a lot easier to like as an addict”. He’s be dead or in prison somewhere, another testimonial to a life wasted.

      Having Jesus in your life would help you, too, but I doubt if you have the intelligence to seek Him.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM

        He’s no longer an addict because he quit using drugs. It’s that simple. Thanks for proving my point.

  3. jimbo1949 - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Maybe it WAS the BP jerseys.

  4. atworkident - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    At least he doesn’t come off as a jerk this time… not like last time when he threw the coach under the bus.

  5. xmatt0926x - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    My first thoughts as well. Not a Rangers fan by any means so maybe I’m way off base, but we all make judgements based on what little or alot that we have seen. With Hamilton there always seems to be an arrogance to what he says. It’s like what you see is the best he can do to hide the real jackass frfom coming to the surface. He just doesn’t come off as some sincere guy who’s thankful he survived his past troubles. He comes off as a guy who has been told to be sincerely thankful he survived his past troubles.There’s a big difference.

  6. texasarmyranger - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    It’s obvious that none of you are from the DFW area, or you’d be aware of the things that Josh Hamilton does around here, quietly, without seeking any publicity: his charitable works, his talks to kids and addicts, his community service. You’d see that he is a genuine guy, without pretense.

    The only thing he’s ever said that comes off as selfish was when he criticized Dave Anderson, the third-base coach. One statement; that’s all. Now he’s just answering questions honestly — giving the same answers everyone else gave — and you’re ready to label him as a coach-killer. He apologized to Dave Anderson for what he said, and as far as Dave is concerned, that’s in the past (at least that’s what he says). Ron Washington has said on several occasions what a joy it is to coach a guy like Josh Hamilton, and to have him in the locker room.

    If you don’t know what you’re talking about, don’t say anything. As Lincoln said, “better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” There are plenty of ways to research Josh Hamilton before you pour out your ill-informed comments.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      Since you Dave and Ron personally, and can verify that their statements are honest evaluations, and not just team-inspired bullshit for public relations and marketing purposes to keep their star player from looking like a douchebag, ask them if they can get Nolan to autograph a game ball for me.

      That’s divine intervention I would believe in.

  7. zeke17us - Jun 13, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    I won a Thad Bosley autographed rookie card for $.26 on EBay. Practically stole it. Just saw the updated value after his fring news and it skyrocketed to $.46. Who is the sucker now Hamilton?!?

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