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09/28/08 8:41 PM ET
Rangers to settle coaching situation
Manager, GM to discuss possible staff changes Monday
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Rangers manager Ron Washington is planning to meet with general manager Jon Daniels on Monday in Arlington, Texas, to discuss the coaching staff. Some changes could be announced as early as Monday. The rundown of things on the docket is thus: Pitching coach Andy Hawkins has strong support from both Daniels and Washington, but club president Nolan Ryan may have input on this as well. Hawkins has had success with the Rangers' young pitchers in the Minor Leagues, but has just two months of experience on the Major League staff. The Rangers are strongly considering the need for a more experienced pitching coach. Bullpen coach Jim Colborn is expected to resume his duties as director of Pacific Rim scouting. The Rangers see that as a more vital role for him. Third-base coach Matt Walbeck could be replaced. He has a great Minor League managerial record, but he and Washington had a difficult time gelling this season. Dugout coach Art Howe remains a trusted advisor to Washington, but he is also the Rangers' infield instructor. The Rangers finished last in defense this year, and there is strong sentiment within the organization to hire Perry Hill, who has a long and outstanding track record of working with infielders. He has previously worked as an infield coach for the Rangers, Tigers, Expos and Marlins. Outfield coach Gary Pettis is expected back. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, who had knee replacement surgery in July, is the only coach signed for next season. He has a reputation for being one of the best hitting coaches in the game, and the Rangers' accomplishments this season only enhanced that.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.