Magadan's message: 'Do little things a lot'

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The wet and chilly weather Wednesday morning gave hitting coach Dave Magadan a chance to have his first full group meeting with his hitters since spring training began.

His message, as translated by manager Ron Washington: "Do the little things a lot."

Magadan has worked with each hitter in camp, but he hadn't had a chance to talk to them as a group yet. He stressed what he wanted the Rangers' offense to be, one that is as versatile as it was in 2010 and 2011.

"It was an introductory meeting where we addressed who we are now, what happened at the end of last year and what we can do to get back to what we do," right fielder David Murphy said. "That's being a well-rounded team and doing the little things better. There were some guys, and Magadan was one of them, that talked about how our team was looked at from the outside.

"When he was with the Red Sox, we were viewed as a team that could beat you in a lot of different ways. We could hit the long ball. We hit for average. We saw a lot of pitches. We didn't strike out a lot. We didn't swing at balls out of the zone. We ran the bases well. There were a lot of good things that made us a scary offense and a scary team. Toward the end of the season last year we got away from those things. We weren't as consistent at them."

Magadan has impressed players so far with how hard he works and his knowledge of the swing.

"He's in the cages at 7:30 every morning when guys are walking in from the parking lot," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "He's already in the cage, waiting on us. As a player, to have that it's very comforting. You know where his head's at. It's just nice to have a guy around that has the tremendous amount of experience he has.

"He's one of those guys that you feel like you've known him for a while. He's very easy going. He's trying to figure out his players and get an understanding for the way he needs approach certain guys."