Rangers Add Don Wakamatsu & Dan Warthen to Complete 2018 Coaching Staff

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has hired Don Wakamatsu as bench coach and Dan Warthen as assistant pitching coach. Steve Buechele has moved to first base coach next season and it was previously announced that Hector Ortiz will be bullpen coach, as the Rangers' 2018 coaching staff.

November 6th, 2017

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has hired Don Wakamatsu as bench coach and Dan Warthen as assistant pitching coach. Steve Buechele has moved to first base coach next season and it was previously announced that Hector Ortiz will be bullpen coach, as the Rangers' 2018 coaching staff is now complete (see below).

Additionally, the team has hired former pitcher Colby Lewis as special assistant to the general manager and promoted Ross Fenstermaker to director of pro scouting.

Wakamatsu returns for a second stint on the Rangers coaching staff, having previously been with the club as bench coach (2003-06) and third base coach (2007). The manager for the Seattle Mariners from 2009-Aug. 9, 2010, he has served as Kansas City's bench coach for the last four years, a role he also filled with Oakland (2008) and Toronto (2011-12). He was at Ned Yost's side for the Royals' back-to-back World Series runs in 2014-15, including the second championship in franchise history in 2015. Wakamatsu was a special assignment scout with the Yankees in 2013. The former catcher had a 12-year professional career following a standout collegiate stint at Arizona State University.

Warthen has spent the past nine-plus seasons as pitching coach for the New York Mets after being named to the position on June 17, 2008. He was a part of the Mets' back-to-back playoff clubs in 2015-16, ranking in the league's top four in ERA in both seasons, including the N.L. pennant-winner in 2015. He previously served as pitching coach for Seattle (1992), San Diego (1996-97), and Detroit (1999-2002), with Doug Brocail in the Tigers bullpen in 1999-2000. Warthen also served as bullpen coach for the Mariners (1991) and Dodgers (2006-07).

Lewis returns to the organization in a special assistant role, with an emphasis on working with pitchers in the club's farm system. One of the longest-tenured pitchers in club history, Lewis ranks among all-time Texas leaders in starts (4th, 194), wins (6th, 77), and innings (1174.1). He went 4-1 with a 3.11 ERA (19 ER/55.0 IP) in 10 games/9 starts in the postseason in his career with the Rangers, the most wins and starts (tied) in franchise history. Lewis won 2 starts in the 2010 ALCS against the Yankees, including the series-clinching Game 6 victory to send Texas to its first-ever World Series.

Fenstermaker, who will be based in Arlington, will work with the pro scouting staff and front office on all professional acquisitions, as well as involvement with other areas of personnel decisions. He joined the organization in 2010 and has worked within the professional and international scouting departments during his eight seasons with the Rangers. He spent last season as International Crosschecker after five years on the pro scouting staff. The Granite Bay, Calif. native began his career as an intern with the Seattle Mariners in 2009 after pitching in college at the University of California-Davis.

TEXAS RANGERS 2018 COACHING STAFF

Manager - Jeff Banister

Bench - Don Wakamatsu         

Pitching - Doug Brocail

Asst. Pitching - Dan Warthen   

Bullpen - Hector Ortiz

Hitting - Anthony Iapoce

Asst. Hitting - Justin Mashore

First Base - Steve Buechele

Third Base - Tony Beasley