Rangers officials, including GM Jon Danielsand manager Ron Washington, will start talking with a handful of candidates for the hitting instructor vacancy created when Rudy Jaramillo took a three-year, $2.5 million dollar offer from the Chicago Cubs last week.
While the Rangers have declined to publicly identify the preliminary group, it appears that the list includes at least one internal candidate (Scott Coolbaugh) and one wild card (Rusty Greer).
Don’t know about you, but that’s a good enough list for me. I believe that Greer and Coolbaugh are the men – yes, the men – for the job.
The Rangers, however, are nothing, if not thorough, in the interview process. They will ask lots of questions about routines, approaches to counts and situations, philosophy and communication. And they should. They’ve got a difficult task in front of them in replacing Rudy Jaramillo. Whether you believe it was time for Jaramillo to go or not, understand that he had mastered the most difficult aspect of coaching professional athletes: Getting them to trust him.
October 27, 2009
Rusty Greer the next Rangers Hitting Instructor?