Rangers not bringing back 2 coaches for 2014

There will be a new coach sitting to the right of Texas Rangers
manager Ron Washington during games next season, someone else for
him to hug after each victory.

The Rangers said Wednesday that they will not renew the
contracts of bench coach Jackie Moore, who has been in professional
baseball 56 years and at Washington’s side through two World
Series, or first base coach Dave Anderson.

”These are not decisions we take lightly or make easily,”
general manager Jon Daniels said.

Speaking on a conference call with Daniels, Washington said the
decisions were made after ”many, many, many” hours in meetings
Tuesday, a day after the Rangers finished a 91-win season with a
5-2 loss to Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card tiebreaker game to miss
the playoffs for the first time in four years.

”As an organization we wanted to move forward in a different
direction,” said Washington, 611-524 in his seven seasons as the
Rangers manager.

When speaking to reporters Tuesday, Washington had said he
intended on having all of his coaches back in 2014.

Moore and Anderson had been on Washington’s staff the past five
seasons.

Pitching coach Mike Maddux, hitting coach Dave Magadan, third
base coach Gary Pettis and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins are all
expected to return next season.

The 74-year-old Moore was in his fourth stint as a Rangers
coach. He began playing professionally in the minor leagues in 1957
after graduating from high school in Houston, though his 11-year
playing career included only 21 major league games for Detroit in
1965.

What became a normal occurrence after Rangers victories was
Washington turning to Moore and the two sharing a hug. They
celebrated together after the Rangers won their only two AL
championships in 2010 and 2011.

”Jackie is a family member of mine and of course I’m going to
miss him,” Washington said. ”This is not something that we take
lightly. My heart is aching, but as anything else, I’m a baseball
man and we’ll get through it.”

Daniels said the organization was working to put together a list
of candidates for both positions, and expects to look to people
both in and out of the organization. Daniels said the new bench
coach doesn’t necessarily have to have managerial experience.

”I just long for a guy’s that prepared. … Looking for a guy
that’s in synch with me sitting on the bench and my thought
processes,” Washington said. ”I’m looking for a guy that’s total
baseball.”

Anderson was also the team’s infield instructor and was charged
with organizing spring training for Washington. He was the third
base coach for four seasons before the manager switched Anderson
and Pettis on the bases last winter.

With Moore gone, will Washington turn and hug his new bench
coach after the first victory in 2014?

”I really hope so, but that between me and Jackie is something
that he and I created,” Washington said. ”I don’t know how I’m
going to react. But if I react and I decide I want to hug the guy
next to me, I hope he welcomes it. If he don’t welcome it, then
I’ll shake his hand.”