Here’s the latest on the Rangers’ search for a new manager:
- The finalists are Tim Bogar, Jeff Banister, and Kevin Cash, the Rangers announced today.
- Torey Lovullo and Alex Cora have been informed that they are no longer in the running, tweets Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported yesterday, the club was expected to winnow the field this week.
- The Rangers interviewed Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash today, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram (Twitter link).
- The Rangers announced today that they interviewed Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister and White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing for the position.
- MassLive.com’s Jason Mastrodonato previously reported that Lovullo’s interview was conducted Tuesday of this week. Mastrodonato provides an excellent profile of Lovullo’s journey to his current status and desire to manage at the big league level.
- After already having interviewed Buechele and Maddux, the Rangers announced six additional candidates today: Bogar, Lovullo, White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing, former big leaguer Alex Cora, Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash, and Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister.
- The Rangers will interview Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford reports. The 49-year-old has been a candidate for multiple managerial openings in recent years, including the just-filled Astros job.
- The Rangers will interview interim manager Tim Bogar, pitching coach Mike Maddux and Triple-A Round Rock manager Steve Buechele as they attempt to find a permanent replacement for Ron Washington, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram tweets. The Rangers will also interview “a few external candidates.”
- It comes as no surprise that the Rangers would interview Bogar, Maddux and Buechele. At the tail end of a disastrous, injury-filled season, the Rangers have performed well for Bogar, which has already led to speculation that Bogar might be almost forcing the Rangers to hire him. Maddux has said that he hoped to receive an interview for the position. He would likely return as the pitching coach if the Rangers hire Bogar (and, presumably, if Maddux is not offered a managerial job elsewhere). Buechele, meanwhile, has also interviewed for the open manager position in Houston.