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Why the Rangers hired Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan


07:53 AM ET 10.20 | Dave Magadan is the Rangers' new hitting coach. Here's why they hired him: The hope is that Magadan, who worked well with a veteran team in Boston, whose offense was in a lot of ways similar to the Rangers', will be able to get through to the veteran hitters. You aren't going to make dramatic changes with veteran hitters, but in Magadan, the Rangers have a guy with the right resume to better reach them. He played in the majors for 16 seasons. He's been a major league hitting coach for a decade, almost since the day he retired. He might be able to get Ian Kinsler to listen to things that might eliminate a few -- not many, but a few -- pop-ups. He might get Nelson Cruz to make an occasional in-game adjustment that allows him to take advantage of a tiring pitcher. He might be able to convince Michael Young a little earlier in the year that he needs to make a physical adjustment. And at the same time, Magadan might be able to get the most out of Leonys Martin, who very possibly ends up as the Rangers' primary center fielder next year. Martin is left-handed, has some speed and has a bit of pop, which is very reminiscent of Jacoby Ellsbury. Perhaps not so coincidentally, Magadan is the only major league hitting instructor Ellsbury has had.

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October 20, 2012  10:54 AM ET

Because he was a Met!!!

October 20, 2012  11:27 AM ET

david magadan might be able to turn things around in rangers lineup hitters, he might be able to make those hitters in texas to listen to him better than listen to their old hitting coach!!!!

October 20, 2012  11:27 AM ET

Because he was a Met!!!

he was a A's players in the past,,,

October 20, 2012  11:49 AM ET

Ellsbury has had one outstanding season and was atrocious in 2012...this is supposed to be a selling point for Magadan?!?!?

I think the suggestion is that this will make the Rangers more desirable destination for Ellsbury as he hits the walk year of his contract.

October 20, 2012  01:59 PM ET

In 2008 Elsbury hit 280 with 9 HR; 2009 it was 301 with 8 hr. 2010 he was injured, 2011 was a career year (321 with 32), and 2012 he reverted to normal (271 with 4 HR in half a season). The one good year is a nice bargaining chip for Ellsbury, but caveat emptor.

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October 20, 2012  07:26 PM ET

I think the Ellsbury for Derek Holland trade is not dead. Texas will let Hamilton walk, so that trade makes some sense. I think adding Leonys Martin to the deal for a Boston prospect or pitcher would make sense too.

Either way, Boston will look a lot different next year.

I've said it before and I'll say it again ... what the Rangers needs is pitching. They have hitters waiting in the wings, including Martin and Profar. They can afford to let Hamilton walk if he's gonna' play the give me the money game. They need a hitting coach for sure and the one they hired is not the answer. But to trade off Holland (and I know he's not the best) for Ellsbury is a bad move for the Rangers all the way around. It does not solve the pitching problem and in many ways, makes it worse. Holland could very well be the next Feldman, but he also could be a fairly decent starter as he was last year ... I say give him a chance.

October 20, 2012  09:55 PM ET

Ellsbury has had one outstanding season and was atrocious in 2012...this is supposed to be a selling point for Magadan?!?!?

are you trying to tell me rangers hire david magadan for the simple reason, ellbury??because we all know the rangers are in business for a trade where two players are imvolved, ellbury for david holland!!!!

October 21, 2012  09:48 AM ET

Maybe this is the main reason the Rangers are not winning the big one, none of the players listen to none of their coaches, and maybe another reason Magadan was brought in was to take over the managers job if the Rangers start out slowly next year.

October 21, 2012  11:31 AM ET

Magadan was brought in was to take over the managers job if the Rangers start out slowly next year

doubtfull the rangers are just fine with their actual manager,,,, too many hot bats in texas, there is no way this team should start slowly at all,,,,,


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