Rangers replace hitting coach Bosley

Updated: June 9, 2011, 1:11 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers hitting coach Thad Bosley was relieved of his duties on Wednesday and several players cited communication as a problem area.

"We felt like at this point that the fit wasn't right," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Nothing about Thad's credentials or work ethic or what he did. Sometimes, time and place aren't right and we felt like that was the case and we felt like a different fit might be better for the club moving forward."

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton agreed.

"He just didn't fit with us," said Hamilton, who added Bosley was "a good guy with a good heart." "He's a professional in the way he approaches the game and teaches the game, but it just didn't mesh with our clubhouse. It was communication -- not a lot there.

"You'd like to have somebody that knows when to back off, knows when to approach, gets what they want to get across to you, but find out your personality and find out how to get it across to you. Those things just didn't happen the way they needed to."

It was an organizational decision and the club decided to make it now just before the team heads out for a 10-game trip (11 days) through Minnesota, New York and Atlanta. Scott Coolbaugh has taken over Bosley's position and he does not have an interim tag.

"Coolbaugh has a relationship with those guys and they trust in him," manager Ron Washington said. "He's sharp. We won't miss a beat. We'll move forward."

Elvis Andrus said the familiarity with Coolbaugh should help the team as they adjust to a fourth hitting coach in the last 2 seasons. He wants a coach that can help him deal with more than just the physical side of hitting.

"I think for me I need a hitting coach that can teach me and make me better mentally more than physically," Andrus said. "I wish him the best, but he was more physical and technique. I don't get into much mechanic stuff. I'm more like a mental guy. For me a great hitting coach, that's what I like. Rudy and Clint, they were more into the mental part of the game. I know Coolbaugh will be our new hitting coach. I worked with him in Double-A and I think he's a great hitting coach."

The decision shows that the organization was convinced Bosley wasn't going to be on the same page as its hitters. The change comes despite the Rangers having the second-best team batting average in the American League and the fourth-most runs scored.

Bosley was hired before the 2011 season after Clint Hurdle left to become manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bosley, who was a finalist for the job when Hurdle was hired to replace Jaramillo prior to the 2010 season, leaves after just 62 regular season games on the job.

"There's no good time for this sort of thing," Daniels said. "We've had a number of discussions here recently and again earlier today and we felt like it was time to move forward and make the change. But there's no good time, no right time, and it's always challenging when you're talking about someone's career and well-being."

Coolbaugh, who arrived in Arlington during Wednesday's game, was drafted by the Rangers in 1987 and had been the hitting coach at Triple-A Round Rock. It's his fifth season as a hitting instructor in the Texas organization, his third at Triple-A.

"I think just from a comfort level, these guys will hopefully be more open to let out what their feelings are and how they're feeling," he said. "I've built a relationship with a lot of them over the last three years being in big league camps."

Coolbaugh played in 167 games in his major league career as a corner infielder in parts of four seasons with Texas, San Diego and St. Louis.

Rangers minor league hitting coordinator Mike Boulanger took over as hitting coach at Round Rock.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.