ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers bench coach Jackie Moore knows a thing or two about Opening Days. At age 73, he's seen a bunch of them in his career in professional baseball.
"This will be 54 for me," Moore said.
Manager Ron Washington's trusted aid is in his fourth season as the bench coach. He was a bench coach for the Houston Astros in the 2008 season and was the manager of Round Rock from 2000-07. The club was Double-A and Triple-A in that span. He was manager of the year in the Texas League in three of his five seasons there and reached the playoffs in five of his eight seasons.
He played 11 years starting in 1957 and had stints as an outfielder and catcher with the Detroit and Boston organizations. He spent the majority of the 1965 season in the big leagues with Detroit, his only time as a major league player (played in 21 games and had 53 at-bats).
"I still get nervous," Moore said. "I guess that's part of it. If you lose the butterflies and the anticipation of the season, I would think it's time for me to call it quits. But I'm excited now and realizing what we still need to accomplish. You're so close a couple of years in a row and now again a chance to start the season, take it one day at a time, work to get into the playoffs and see if we can't win it."