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Rangers fire bench coach and first base coach

Oct 2, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

Jackie Moore AP

Ron Washington’s job is apparently safe despite another early (pre-)playoff exit by the Rangers, but the team announced that bench coach Jackie Moore has been fired.

Moore was Washington’s right-hand man for the past five seasons, but Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that the 74-year-old is expected to retire. He wanted to remain on the job.

Texas also fired first base coach Dave Anderson, although apparently he may still take another job in the organization.

  1. beefytrout - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    and somehow, despite some of the lowest offensive numbers in franchise history, Dave Magadan remains.

  2. miketreedy - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Sorry to see the great Jackie Moore leave the Rangers.

    Not surprised about Dave Anderson. After all the outs on the bases somebody was going to pay the price. Nobody was worse on the bases than Kinsler. So he is in part responsible.

  3. larrymahnken - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Correction: not an early playoff exit. They did not make the playoffs.

    • larrymahnken - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM


  4. thesmedman - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I guess the “self evaluator” had to flex his so-called muscles. Keep Washington but undercut him. No class move on Jackie Moore.

  5. chiadam - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    The Rangers firing Washington’s bench coach is like the police arresting Washington’s coke mule.

  6. hardjudge - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Jackie has been a great guy and great coach for many years, but it was time for him to retire at 74. They should fire Kinsler for his baserunning. I can’t imagine what Wash has on the front office to still be there.

  7. rockytony - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    I am saddened to read that Jackie Moore was let go by the Rangers for this man has spent over 60 years in the Game, as player, coach and manager and a possessor of a vast knowledge that I have to believe was invaluable to Washington. Being 74 is hardly reason to end a career especially when you are physically and mentally as able if not more than the manager himself. And yet Washington survives yet again. I can’t think of many examples of Major League managers who have come so close this many times without grabbing a trophy and yet survives getting the ax. Hmmmm!

  8. artisan3m - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Its not likely that a 92 win manager would get the axe ~ but the Rangers lack an effective batting coach. Magaden would have a hard time finding a job in any other team’s farm system. No other club takes as many called strikes as the Rangers. Its sad to see Moore get canned ~ he didn’t deserve that. Its easy to be critical, but I think Wash gets much too cozy with his players and is far too lenient with his coaching staff. What’s the old saying ~ ‘nice guys finish last?’

  9. rohlo - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    amazing yeah these two are the reason the rangers choked!!! no accountability from the rangers front office @ all… keep ron washington and watch your rangers choke again next year!!! the arlington chokers!!! it is obvious washington is still on the nose candy!!!!

  10. rangermania - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    This season was doomed to failure and not because of the bench and first base coaches.
    We have a bunch of rabbits but they have trouble getting on because there is no batting coach. We have some good pitchers coming along but they are left in the game too long and get battered diminishing their confidence. Most of our problems can be traced to poor management and that includes an absentee manager and general manager. Jon Daniels is not the brilliant child star we are led to believe as evidenced by this years additions. The idiot traded away two of our best prospects for a quick fix and now Garcia and Grimm will work against us. Thats dumb! If the Rangers were in the National League they would be in last place every year with Wash at the helm. He is outclassed and outfoxed by every other manager except Houston. He goes into action after the game is headed out of reach. The only thing he does exceptionally well is devour sunflower seeds. He is too friendly with the players and they run the show – not him. He spends more time making commercials than managing the team. A ball team should be run like the military to garner respect all the way around. Until then the Rangers will not win the World Series. Wash’s hands off management style will not get us there.

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