Meet the interim manager: Tim Bogar

ARLINGTON, Texas -- With Ron Washington gone as Texas Rangers manager, Tim Bogar becomes the interim replacement, getting his first chance to take over the club full-time.

Bogar was in his first season as Rangers bench coach.

"Tim is well regarded, and he has the respect of his peers and players," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Friday. "Hard-working, organized, knowledgeable about the game, respect among the staff -- and he was a natural choice to manage the club down the stretch."

Bogar was a minor league manager for three different franchises, compiling a 362-266 mark. In his five seasons, Bogar's teams reach the league's championship round four times.

He was named manager of the year in 2004 with the Houston Astros' rookie league team and in 2006 with the Cleveland Indians' Double-A squad.

"You finally get your chance to manage a team, and obviously this is an opportunity, for a small, brief window, to build trust with the players and build trust with the front office and ownership and do things the correct way," said Bogar, who was the Boston Red Sox bench coach in 2012. "I just believe, I've been around enough managers to do it the right way who have taught me enough so that when this opportunity did come I'll be prepared for it."

Bogar played nine seasons in the big leagues, for the New York Mets, Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. Bogar, a career .228 hitter, was an eighth-round draft pick by the Mets in 1987.

Whether or not Bogar keeps the job is uncertain.

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux is in the final year of his contract and will get consideration for the gig, along with several other candidates, possibly including Steve Buechele, manager of the Rangers' Triple-A Round Rock club.

One thing notable about Bogar's first lineup Friday night was his decision to move rookie catcher Tomas Telis, a switch hitter, to No. 3 in the lineup.

"I'm sure the front office will consider Bogey for next year and stuff like that," pitcher Colby Lewis said. "I know Bogey will step in and do a great job, and we’re going to play these last 22 games like Wash would want us, and that’s about it."