Ex-skipper to be named hitting coach
The Texas Rangers will name Clint Hurdle their new hitting coach, a source told ESPN 103.3 FM's Galloway and Company on Tuesday.
John Blake, Rangers executive vice president of communications, said late Tuesday afternoon that the club has not made any offers for the hitting coach position and is still doing its due diligence on the situation.
Hurdle declined comment when reached Tuesday afternoon.
The former Colorado manager was one of four finalists who interviewed for the position Monday. Rusty Greer, Thad Bosley and Gerald Perry also met with a group of Rangers officials to discuss the position left vacant when Rudy Jaramillo signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Cubs last month.
Hurdle, who managed the Rockies in the 2007 World Series and was dismissed on May 29, was a hitting coach in Colorado from 1997 until taking over as manager on April 26, 2002. He has ties with Rangers manager Ron Washington going back to 1992. Hurdle was the manager of the New York Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Tidewater that season, and Washington was the third base coach.
Hurdle did talk Tuesday morning about the interview process and meeting with Rangers officials.
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"I think they had four guys that came in that they were comfortable with and felt good about spending time with," Hurdle said. "The conversation at the table was very engaging. It's a great group of good, solid baseball men."
Hurdle said they discussed his philosophy on working with hitters and tried to get to know his personality better.
"We talked about the strengths of the ballclub offensively and how to make them better," Hurdle said. "I had some ideas on how to maximize the skill level of the hitters. And they have a lot of skilled hitters. The next step is to take the offensive game to a consistent level. You know you can score 10 runs, but can you score three when you need too? Can you score four?
"The significance of a run has taken on a greater meaning in Texas with the pitching and defense improving the way they have."
Richard Durrett covers the Texas Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.