Ranger’s search for hitting coach

DFN: This article is interesting in terms of its insights into the hiring process, even in baseball.

Texas Rangers’ search for hitting coach in final stretch
01:56 AM CST on Tuesday, November 3, 2009
By JEFF WILSON / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

Four finalists to be the Rangers’ hitting coach were interviewed Monday in Arlington, and chances are good that one will be hired today to replace Rudy Jaramillo.

General manager Jon Danielsled a group of five who conducted interviews with Rusty Greer, Clint Hurdle, Thad Bosley and Gerald Perry. All but Greer has been a big-league hitting coach.

But Greer’s lack of experience as an instructor at baseball’s top level doesn’t appear to be working against him. Daniels said all four candidates are a fit for the job, and a tough decision awaits Rangers brass.

"Across the board, each of the guys is very qualified for the job," Daniels said. "From a philosophy standpoint, they’re all very much in tune with what we’re looking for as far as a team-first approach."

Team president Nolan Ryan, manager Ron Washington, assistant general manager Thad Levine and director of player development Scott Servais joined Daniels in the interviews.

Washington has ties to all four, dating to 1992 when he was the third-base coach for Triple-A Tidewater. Hurdle was the manager.

Washington knows Greer, the Rangers Hall of Fame member, from the Arizona Fall League a year later.

Bosley and Perry were hitting coaches in Oakland during Washington’s long stay there before becoming Rangers manager. He seemed to enjoy the reunions Monday.

"All four of them were outstanding," Washington said. "We have our work cut out for us. We really do."

It’s been almost three weeks since Jaramillo decided not to return for a 16th season, and two weeks since he signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.

"We’re going to sleep on it and make an offer to the guy we feel is the best fit for us," Daniels said


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