Ortiz named Rangers hitting coach

Former infielder served alongside new manager Woodward as Dodgers' assistant hitting coach in '18

November 15th, 2018

New Rangers manager Chris Woodward continued to round out his Major League coaching staff on Wednesday, most notably with the hiring of as hitting coach. Ortiz joins Woodward from the Dodgers' coaching staff in 2018.

The Rangers also announced that Don Wakamatsu will return as bench coach, Tony Beasley will return as third-base coach and Hector Ortiz, who was the club's bullpen coach last season, will be back as its first-base coach. Additionally, Jayce Tingler has been named the Major League player development field coordinator and former first-base coach Steve Buechele has been appointed to become a special assistant in the baseball operations department.

Pitching coach Doug Brocail, who was in his role from 2016-18, and assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen, who was brought on last year, did not have their contracts renewed.

Ortiz, 48, comes over as the Dodgers' most recent assistant hitting coach, and he'd previously been in the Rangers organization from 2008-12 in various hitting instruction roles. Ortiz was also the Padres' field and hitting coordinator from 2015-17 and was the cultural development coordinator in the Indians' system from 2013-14. His 14-year Major League career also included a stint with Texas from 1995-96.

Wakamatsu, who is in his second stint with the Texas staff and is a carryover from former manager Jeff Banister, will enter his second straight season as bench coach. He also served in the position from 2003-06, then was the Rangers' third-base coach in '07.

Tingler is transitioning from a two-year stint as an assistant to general manager Jon Daniels, where he helped oversee the club's player development system. Tingler was on the Major League staff from 2015-16 as an outfield and baserunning coach, and carries eight years of Minor League experience as a manager and coach in the Rangers' system. He joined the club in '07.

Beasley and Hector Ortiz are the longest-tenured returnees, having been on the Major League staff the last four seasons. Beasley has been third-base coach for his entire stint with Texas, which began in 2015. Ortiz returns to a first-base coaching role he held from 2015-17 after serving as bullpen coach in '18.

Buechele carries extensive experience in the Rangers' organization, dating back to his Major League playing days. He also spent four seasons on the big league staff as bench coach and first-base coach after a six-year stint as a manager in Texas' farm system.

The Rangers said in a release that the remainder of their 2019 coaching staff will be announced in the near future.