Texas Rangers manager Tony Beasley is set to return to work in 2023.
Beasley confirmed it The Dallas Morning News that he would return as a member of new manager Bruce Bochy’s staff. Rangers general manager Chris Young previously said “yes” when asked if the rest of the Rangers coaching staff would return next season.
Young didn’t name names at the time, but Beasley is part of a team that includes bench coach and offensive coordinator Donnie Ecker, hitting coach Tim Hyers, assistant hitting coach Seth Conner, pitching coordinator Corey Ragsdale, bullpen coach Brett Hayes, the catching coach. Bobby Wilson, Pat Cantwell and Josh Fraser. All have been offered the chance to return in 2023, pending the appointment of a new manager.
Bochy could decide to make changes in his roles or he could decide to move on. But Beasley will return in some capacity in 2023.
And he said to Morning News understands why the Rangers went with Bochy, who led the San Francisco Giants to three World Series titles.
“That’s probably what we needed,” Beasley said. “I say this reluctantly, but honestly. How could I be upset with that? He (Young) made a good choice. Bochy can help him (Young) in that role more than I can. If you hire me, it’s not necessarily a win-now move. looking to grow up Bruce Bochy didn’t come out of retirement to lose. That gets through to people.”
Beasley was 17-31 as the Rangers’ interim manager. He took over from Chris Woodward after he was sacked in mid-August. Beasley was the only other person to interview for the job, which came two days after the season ended. The Morning News reported that the interview, with Young and team executives, lasted six hours. Bochy’s initial discussions with Young lasted seven hours.
Beasley joined the Rangers as a member of Jeff Bannister’s staff in 2015. He remained under Woodward and will now work for Bochy. He is one of the most respected voices in the Rangers club, both for his coaching and his fight against cancer. Earlier this year, Beasley completed four years cancer-free. A few days later, pitcher Martín Pérez dedicated his game-ending shutout over the Houston Astros to Beasley and gave him the game ball.
The Rangers’ only coaching opening is for a pitching coach, and Young said he and Bohy, along with the team’s baseball department, are working on their options.
The Rangers parted ways with manager Doug Mathis shortly after the season. They offered the co-producers’ other coach, Brendan Sagara, another position in the event.
Bochy has a 2,003-2,029 record with the San Diego Padres (1995-2006) and Giants (2007-19). He was the National League Manager of the Year in 1996.
He had his most significant success with the Giants, leading the team to World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The 2010 title came at the expense of the Rangers, who were making their first World Series appearance.
After stepping down as manager of the Giants, he remained with the organization as a special adviser and became manager of the French national team.
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