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MLB's newest managers have ties to Rangers

4 of 5 recent hires spent part of playing career with Texas
October 31, 2017

ARLINGTON -- Former Rangers keep getting hired for the managerial positions that opened this offseason in Major League Baseball.So far, four new hires have been candidates who played for the Rangers, even if only for a short period of time. Gabe Kapler, who the Phillies tapped as their manager, had

ARLINGTON -- Former Rangers keep getting hired for the managerial positions that opened this offseason in Major League Baseball.
So far, four new hires have been candidates who played for the Rangers, even if only for a short period of time. Gabe Kapler, who the Phillies tapped as their manager, had the most time with the Rangers, as an outfielder in 2000-02. Mickey Callaway (Mets) pitched in 10 games for the Rangers in 2003-04, Dave Martinez (Nationals) played in 38 games for Texas in 1999 and Alex Cora (Red Sox) played in four games at the end of the 2010 season.
The exception has been the Tigers, who hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. The Yankees have not picked a replacement for Joe Girardi.
Former Rangers manager Ron Washington has not been considered for any openings. Washington, who led the Rangers to two World Series in 2010-11 before being asked to step down in 2014, is currently a coach for the Braves.

The Rangers have had a number of former players become managers. Most notable is Mike Hargrove, who guided the Indians to five division titles and two World Series from 1991-99. Hargrove got second and third chances with the Orioles and Mariners, although he fell short in taking either club to the postseason.
Other notable Rangers who ended up managers included Buddy Bell, who got three shots with the Tigers, Rockies and Royals. Larry Parrish, in an incredibly awkward situation, replaced Bell -- his close friend -- as the Tigers' manager. Bo Porter preceded A.J. Hinch as the Astros' manager. The list also includes Lee Mazzilli (Orioles), Bucky Dent (Yankees), Frank Howard (Padres) and Jim Fregosi, who managed four different teams.
The only Rangers player to manage in Arlington was Toby Harrah. He took over the Rangers midway through the 1992 season, but he was not rehired the following year.

Ned Yost (Royals) and Kevin Cash (Rays) are the only two former Rangers players who managed in the big leagues last season. But Scott Servais (Mariners) is their former farm director, Clint Hurdle (Pirates) was the hitting coach in 2010 and Terry Francona (Indians) was the bench coach in '02. John Gibbons (Blue Jays) and Mike Scioscia (Angels) never played with the Rangers, but they were with them in Spring Training as non-roster players in 1989 and 1994, respectively.
Then there is Buck Showalter. After managing both the Yankees and the D-backs, Showalter managed the Rangers in 2003-06. He just finished his eighth season managing the Orioles.
The Rangers have had 18 full-time managers in club history, including incumbent Jeff Banister. Washington remains the winningest manager in Rangers history and the only one to take the team to the World Series.

But Washington is not on the list of 10 former Rangers managers who went on to lead other teams after being dismissed in Texas. That list includes Whitey Herzog, who won a World Series with the Cardinals, and Billy Martin, who did so with the Yankees. Bobby Valentine led the Mets to the World Series in 1999.
Don Zimmer, Kevin Kennedy and Showalter won division titles elsewhere after being let go by the Rangers. Other former Rangers managers to get another chance to manage elsewhere are Pat Corrales, Frank Lucchesi, Doug Rader and Jerry Narron.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.