Coaching staff on hold until manager selected

September 23rd, 2018
Texas Ranger interim manager Don Wakamatsu before a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)Mike Stone/AP

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' coaching staff is on hold until a new manager is found.

A new manager will almost certainly bring some changes to the coaching staff, but exactly what's going to happen won't be known until Jeff Banister's successor is announced. Banister was dismissed on Friday with bench coach Don Wakamatsu being named as interim manager.

Wakamatsu is expected to get consideration, according to general manager Jon Daniels. First-base coach Steve Buechele said he would like to interview for the job as he did four years ago when Banister was hired.

The Rangers will let the season finish before making any decisions on individual coaches. The usual protocol is to allow coaches to talk to other teams while the managerial search is being conducted, knowing the new manager is likely to make changes to the field staff.

"They have a decision to make," pitching coach Doug Brocail said. "They have to interview a manager. I understand baseball. I understand the situation."

Nothing is certain. Banister kept pitching coach Mike Maddux and hitting coach Dave Magadan through his first year as manager. They were replaced in 2016 by Brocail and Anthony Iapoce, who are finishing their third year with the Rangers.

Pitching and hitting coaches always draw the most attention due to the debatable perception they have significant influence and control over individual player performances. The reality is all coaches have their hits and misses, and individual performances are affected by a variety of influences with health being at the top of the list.

"Sometimes it doesn't show up immediately," Wakamatsu said. "Sometimes it takes going into next year and all of a sudden, it kicks in at that point. Going through Kansas City and watching some of those young players like Mike Moustakas and guys like that, we made some adjustments early, two years later, they became that player. Sometimes you don't know."

Still, hitting and pitching coaches are always the most vulnerable in times of change. The Rangers have two of each, Brocail and Dan Warthen working with pitchers and Iapoce and Justin Mashore with the hitters.

Asked to assess how his season went, Brocail summed it up quickly.

"We worked our dog tails off," he said.

Hector Ortiz served as bullpen coach and is highly regarded by the organization. So too are Buechele and third-base coach Tony Beasley. Jayce Tingler, who has served as assistant general manager/farm director the past two years, may return to the coaching staff. He was field coordinator during Banister's first two years.

Mycoskie passes away

B.J. Mycoskie, who served as the Rangers first medical director, passed away on Sunday. He was 95.

Mycoskie worked officially for the Rangers from 1972-85, but he was around for many years afterward. His two sons, Mike and Phil, also served as the Rangers team doctors.

The Rangers held a moment of silence in honor of Mycoskie before Sunday's game with the Mariners.

Rangers beat

• Pitchers Tyler Davis and C.D. Pelham have been added to the roster for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League.

• The Rangers starters for the three-game series with the Angels are , and . As of now, the Rangers aren't planning to use a closer in front of Mendez.

• Mike Minor's 4.18 ERA ranks 21st in the American League. But his 1.12 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) is the eighth lowest. It is also the 10th lowest by a Rangers qualifying pitcher over a single season in club history.