Tim Bogar is already working toward his first paycheck from the Los Angeles Angels, taking a quick three-day tour through the Arizona Fall League to learn the ropes as a special assistant to general manager Jerry Dipoto.
“It’s with people who respect my opinion and want my feedback,” Bogar said. “It’s a good direction to learn more about different areas of the game at the major league level. It’s just another box that will be checked off for me.”
Bogar was for hire after getting bypassed for the Texas Rangers’ managerial job despite posting a 14-8 record as the interim manager after Ron Washington’s resignation Sept. 5. Jeff Banister was selected Oct. 16, and four days later Bogar was informed that he wouldn’t return to his role as bench coach.
Despite the double snub from the Rangers, Bogar said he was able to put it behind him and start looking toward the future. His tour with the Angels, his second time in the organization in the past three years, allows him to learn more about how a team operates while adding to his résumé as a potential big league manager.
That remains the hope, even though his hopes were dashed last month.
“I would like to think so, but the bottom line is that’s completely not up to me,” Bogar said. “I do what I do and I am who I am, and if someone wants to take a chance and give me an opportunity to run a club, I will.”
Many were surprised that Bogar, a finalist along with Banister and Cleveland bullpen coach Kevin Cash, wasn’t the choice of general manager Jon Daniels. That includes Bogar.
Bogar spoke only briefly with Banister as the coaching staff started to take shape, and he doesn’t know him personally. But no one Bogar has spoken to has ever said a bad word about Banister.
But Bogar thought he would get the job.
“I think I was as prepared to do it as anybody,” he said. “My opinion is Jon felt like he wanted a new set of eyes and a new set of ears, and that’s what he felt was best for the organization. That’s his prerogative and his right to do. Obviously, he feels very comfortable with that decision. I don’t think JD made a bad decision, but it wasn’t what I thought was going to happen.
“It just indicated to me, because the bench coach can be so influential, that they wanted to start from scratch. I would have loved to come back and work with Jeff and stay with the Rangers in that capacity, but that’s something they did not want. It wasn’t my choice.”
Bogar said that his role with the Angels hasn’t been fully defined, but he expects to work with the minor league affiliates and help mentor coaches. He will also have some scouting assignments and one-on-one work with players.
One perk to the job is that he can work from his home in Trophy Club rather than move his family to another city. That could change if a team wants him to be a manager down the road.
“You just need someone who believes in you and will back you,” Bogar said. “It just hasn’t been the right situation, and for some reason this wasn’t the right situation.
“It was disappointing, but it’s not something you dwell on. There are reasons why. You might not know those reasons, but it wasn’t a good fit for me and it wasn’t a good fit for Jon. You just move on and wait for that perfect fit.”