Rangers hire Dave Magadan as hitting coach

The Rangers have hired Dave Magadan as hitting, according to industry sources. He replaces Scott Coolbaugh, who has been let go. The Rangers led the league in runs scored but they were not happy with their situational hitting. Magadan has been with the Red Sox since 2007.

Here is the release from the Rangers:


Scott Coolbaugh to be offered another position in organization


Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has hired Dave Magadan as hitting coach.  Former hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh will be offered another position in the organization.

Magadan, 50, has spent the last six seasons as hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox from 2007-12.  In that six-year span, the Red Sox ranked among the majors’ top 3 in doubles (1st, 2089), extra-base hits (1st, 3385), runs (2nd, 5011), hits (2nd, 9196), total bases (2nd, 15002), OPS (2nd, .791), slugging (2nd, .445), on-base pct. (2nd, .346), average (3rd, .273), and walks (3rd, 3587).  Boston also led the majors by averaging 3.94 pitches per plate appearance over the past six years.  Magadan led an offense that had the majors’ highest OPS figures in both 2010 and 2011, ranking 2nd in that category in both 2008 and 2009.

In Magadan’s first year with the Red Sox in 2007, the club won the World Series while ranking among major league leaders with 352 doubles (T1st) and a .362 on-base percentage (2nd).  The Boston offense had 689 walks in 2007, which remains the highest single-season total by any American League club since 2000 and marked the most free passes by the Red Sox since 1956 (727).

Magadan began his coaching career in the San Diego organization in 2002 and was the club’s major league hitting coach for parts of four seasons from 2003 through June 15, 2006.  As a player, he compiled a career .288 average and .390 on-base percentage over 16 major league seasons with New York-NL (1986-92), Florida (1993, 1994), Seattle (1993), Houston (1995), Chicago-NL (1996), Oakland (1997-98), and San Diego (1999-2001).  He attended the University of Alabama for three years and won USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award in 1983 after leading NCAA Division I batters with a .525 average.

Coolbaugh spent one full season on the major league coaching staff after being named to the post on June 8, 2011.  He has been in the Texas organization for the last six years.



Nice pick up. While I don’t think Scott deserves the blame for the failures this past season, and I hope he does indeed get another position with the orginization, something needed to done to shake things up. And while I think Fenway adds to the doubles and slugging numbers at least a little, the 3,94 pitches per AB are just what the Rangers need.

Been telling them all year get a hitting coach. Staying with Scott was just plain stupid.

Nice hire, I always liked him as a player, never had a lot of power but always had a sound aproach and was productive. Situational hitting is a lost art. Hopefully he is able to bring this to our organization.

If not, I wonder what Clint Hurdle will be doing next season if the Pirates get off to a slow start and is let go.

What are the stats that relate to situational hitting? I’d like to see where Magadan stands in terms of things like: (1) what percentage of time the runner on third scores with less than 2 outs, (2) strikeouts with runners in scoring position, and (3) double plays. The homeruns, average, and slugging percentage stats are great, but those weren’t the problem this year. If Madagan was hired based on situational hitting, hopefully situational stats are equally impressive. If so, it would be encouraging for Rangers fans to see them.

If it means Michael Young will pull his head out of his a$$ at the plate, then I’m all for Madagan coming on board.

good move; not a knock on Cool … but don’t expect to be able to improve Kinsler’s boom or bust hitting approach – never was suited for early in the lineup.

Didn’t really see this coming but glad to see the front office is not going to sit still.
Good move. Now maybe the team can get back to playing the way they did the previous two years and not wait on the long ball all the time.

I hope I’m wrong, but I really believe we will see it was the players and not the coach. Awful hard to force a hardhead to do something he is not buying into. When a player does not want help, then it’s impossible to force him.

I believe this is a move that proves the Rangers are an elite organization. When you have the opportunity to make a move that improves any position, you do it. They did. This is not a knock on Coolbaugh. They just had the chance to upgrade and perhaps strengthen a weakness in the team batting. Swan Eagle, it is the players, but the coach has a lot to do with it. These guys were not approaching their at bats like they have in the past including earlier in the season. A different coaching style may help them keep focused. Then again, it may not. But the organization has to try and address the need. I’m sure they tried during the season as things went south and it didn’t work.

I think you’re right on Sullivanian….I don’t like to blame coaches but sometimes a change is ok.

After the late season collaspe, a change had to be made. Scott drew the black bean, and took the fall.

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