ARLINGTON, Texas – Former Texas Rangers hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said Friday that he’s “disappointed” that he isn’t back with the big league staff, but he is looking forward to working with young hitters in Triple-A Round Rock again in 2013.
“I’m disappointed that I’m no longer the hitting coach with the big league club,” said Coolbaugh, who stayed with the organization after Dave Magadan took his spot as hitting coach for the Rangers for the 2013 season. “But when you’re looking at minor league teams, Round Rock is a great place to work. I’m familiar with Bobby Jones and how things work down there and so there’s a comfort level. I’ll work with the young hitters and do everything I can.”
Coolbaugh reflected on how the final two weeks of the season unfolded. The Rangers blew a five-game lead with nine to play, and a big reason was the offense’s inability to deliver key hits in critical situations. The Rangers were 4-9 in the final 13 games of the regular season and hit .251 as a team, scoring an average of 3.8 runs per game. Then, in the AL wild-card game, the Rangers scored one run and were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
The club had a .228 batting average with runners in scoring position in the final 13 games of the season. Oakland ended up winning the division after sweeping the Rangers in the final three-game set in Oakland.
“I’m disappointed the season ended like that,” said Coolbaugh, who was promoted to the big leagues midway through the 2011 season. “I want to learn from it. Maybe I could have done some different things to get them going better mentally. Maybe a different direction or something. You take those experiences and you try to learn. I know some people say you have to take a step back to take two steps forward sometimes. Maybe that’s what will happen.”