The Rangers are set to hire Tim Hyers as the club’s new hitting coach, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter link). Hyers was in demand after leaving the Red Sox coaching staff last week, Passan reports, and chose Texas multiple other suitors.
Hyers is a known quantity for Rangers manager Chris Woodward, as the two worked together on the Dodgers’ staff in 2016-17 when Woodward was the L.A. third base coach and Hyers was assistant hitting coach. Hyers moved from that role to the Sox, where he spent the last four seasons as Boston’s hitting coach (winning a World Series ring in 2018).
Prior to his coaching career, Hyers was also a Major League player, appearing in parts of four seasons with the Padres, Tigers, and Marlins from 1994-99. His Detroit ties led to his first coaching job as a minor league hitting instructor in the Tigers’ farm system, and he also worked as a scout and minor league hitting coordinator for the Red Sox, as well as a brief stint as Boston’s interim hitting coach in 2014.
The Rangers have now added two well-regarded hitting instructors within a week, as Texas has also hired former Giants hitting coach Donnie Ecker to work as the new bench coach and offensive coordinator. Ecker’s role is to oversee the organization’s overall hitting philosophies and strategies, while it can be presumed that Hyers will work more directly with the big league roster.