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Revo offers an anecdote about the new Rangers’ pitching coach

Houston Astros pitching coach Doug Brocail (26) was recently hired by the Rangers to replace Mike Maddux as pitching coach. He pitched for the Rangers in ‘04 and ‘05.
Houston Astros pitching coach Doug Brocail (26) was recently hired by the Rangers to replace Mike Maddux as pitching coach. He pitched for the Rangers in ‘04 and ‘05. MCT

Long time Fort Worth Star-Telegram sports columnist Jim Reeves has enjoyed the retired life for several years now, but every now and then Revo comes out of the ‘pen to pick up the pen for us commoners.

Revo has forgotten more about baseball, and specifically the Texas Rangers, than most of us will ever know.

The Rangers recently parted ways with long-time pitching coach Mike Maddux because of money. Star-Telegram columnist Randy Galloway caught up with Maddux, who has since been hired as the pitching coach for the Washington Nationals.

In his place, the Rangers hired former big-league pitcher and ex-Houston Astros pitching coach Doug Brocail. Brocail pitched in the big leagues from 1992 to 2009; he was with the Rangers in 2004 and ‘05.

This is where Revo’ comes in.

On Monday, Sept. 13, 2004 the Rangers played a series in Oakland against the Athletics. This was the night that Rangers reliever Frankie Francisco got into a heated argument with a fan in the stands. A fight broke out, and Francisco threw a chair into the stands.

This from Revo, who was there covering that series: “(Brocail) was the chief instigator of that brouhaha in the Oakland bullpen back when (Buck) Showalter was managing the Rangers; the one that got Frankie Francisco in hot water when he threw that chair into the stands and injured the woman fan. Brocail had gotten into it first when he took offense over something her husband said. He was a very emotional pitcher.

“Brocail was beside himself with anguish when the episode escalated like it did and resulted in Francisco's arrest, etc. When Showalter finally got back to the hotel, he found Brocail sitting on the floor outside Buck's hotel room, practically in tears, waiting to apologize.

“That incident also provided Jon Daniels' first real emergence as an assistant GM. For whatever reason, (GM) John Hart couldn't fly out to Oakland, so he dispatched Daniels to handle the mess the next day (I was on the same flight with JD and sitting out by the bullpen for the next night's game, to chronicle whatever might happen). I think everyone was fairly impressed with Daniels' calm demeanor in a crisis situation.”

No comment from Revo whether he likes Brocail’s chances as a pitching coach, so I will offer this - I HATE Mike Maddux leaving this team.

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