Tim Bogar, who missed out last month on replacing Ron Washington as Texas Rangers manager and then wasn’t welcomed back to his role as bench coach, is joining an American League West rival in 2015.
Bogar agreed to a contract to be a special assistant with the Los Angeles Angels, who hired him in 2012 to be the manager of their Double A affiliate. He has already started with his new role, heading to Arizona to take in Fall League games.
“I’m very excited to be back with the Angels and some close friends in the game,” Bogar said.
Bogar was one of three finalists in the Rangers’ managerial search after finishing the season 14-8 as the interim manager. Jeff Banister, though, was picked as the manager.
New radio partner
Good news for many frustrated baseball fans who live south of Interstate 20: ESPN Radio will no longer be the radio home of Texas Rangers.
The Rangers announced just after lunchtime Tuesday that they have reached a multiyear agreement to air English radio broadcasts on KRLD/105.3 FM, a CBS Radio station, beginning in 2015.
The Rangers will return to the CBS Radio family for the first time since 2010, when ESPN secured the radio rights. But ESPN’s broadcasts were plagued by poor signals to southern areas of the Metroplex as well as other areas. The Fan will be complemented by the other five CBS Radio stations in the market, including games aired on KRLD/1080 AM when there’s a conflict with previously scheduled programming on The Fan.
“We couldn’t be more excited that the Texas Rangers are coming home to 105.3 The Fan,” said Brian Purdy, senior vice president and market manager for CBS Radio DFW in a written statement. “And it’s a partnership that includes all six of CBS Radio’s Dallas-Fort Worth stations as we feature the team across our entire portfolio of over-the-air and digital assets.”
Eric Nadel will return to the Rangers radio booth for the 37th season, and Matt Hicks will be alongside for his third straight full season. The club will continue to oversee all production and network elements of the broadcasts.
Evening with Rangers
Banister and shortstop Elvis Andrus will be special guests at an Evening with the Rangers on Dec. 17 at the Capital One Club at Globe Life Park
A multicourse holiday dinner will be served, and Banister and Andrus will take questions and pose for photos. Tickets are $250 per couple at texasrangers.com/foundation or by calling 817-622-7883. Proceeds benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. Donations of new and unwrapped toys for the Cowboys Santas Program are also encouraged.
Staff writer Stefan Stevenson contributed to this report.