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Hitting coach Dave Magadan leaves Red Sox for Rangers

Oct 19, 2012, 4:47 PM EST

Jacoby Ellsbury, Dave Magadan AP

Hitting coach Dave Magadan has left the Red Sox to take the same job with the Rangers, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.

Magadan served as Boston’s hitting coach since 2007 and Bradford reports that he was also in talks with the Pirates, Mariners, and Indians before deciding to replace Scott Coolbaugh on the Rangers’ staff.

Texas is obviously a good place for a hitting coach, as the Rangers combine lots of offensive talent with a ballpark that boosts power numbers. Of course, this season the Rangers led MLB in runs scored and apparently still felt the need to replace Coolbaugh, so it’s also a job with some pretty lofty expectations.

  1. beefytrout - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    From this fan’s perspective, it was a change that probably needed to be made. Seemed like there was a substantial lack of plate discipline down the stretch.

    • bloodysock - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      There was a lack of any type of discipline all season.

  2. pisano - Oct 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    There was a lack of baseball!!!

  3. cameltoehoe - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    I remember the 80’s when Dave had the nicest bubble butt in Beisball. He played for the Mets & every team had those super tight uni’s. I used to stare at his backside everytime my team hot on first. He was a dream’

  4. tfbuckfutter - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Well that’s just great.

    Now who is going to turn a collection of light hitting AAA outfielders into legitimate ballplayers?

    Seriously….Ryan Sweeney is going to be pissed. He was just about to tap into his raw natural power. He was shooting for a triple crown like of .270/4/50. Shame. A real shame.

  5. billymc75 - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Well seeing at one point they were second to the Rangers in runs scored then injuries and trades hit, Salty wasn’t even a hitter in Tex

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      His 95 OPS+ in back to back years shows that he isn’t much of one in Boston either.

      He had a decent run this season but it didn’t last.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    I hope Kevin Long is the next hitting coach fired.

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