After six seasons as the hitting coach, Dave Magadan has left the Red Sox to take the same position with the Texas Rangers. The Rangers announced the move this afternoon.
Magadan, 50, helped tutor offenses that regularly were among the most productive in the game. Even in 2012, amidst injuries and roster turnover, the Red Sox were fifth in the American League in runs scored.
Magadan has spent 10 years as a major league hitting coach. He played 16 majors in the season with the Mets, Marlins, Mariners, Astros, Cubs, Athletics and Padres.
The Red Sox have not announced the status of their other coaches.
The Red Sox held an option on Magadan but granted him permission to speak with other teams. He had several offers, including one from the Indians and Terry Francona. The Red Sox also wanted him to return.
“It was difficult to leave,” Magadan said. “I have relationships with the players, the front office, everybody from the PR department to marketing to community relations. I did a lot of work in the community. There’s a lot of people in the organization I’m going to miss.”
Magadan said he established roots in Boston and gave consideration to staying.
“In the end, I felt like it was a good opportunity for me to go to Texas and kind of start the next chapter of my coaching career. Me and the family are very excited for it.”
Magadan said all the organizational turnover in recent years did not play a role in his decision.
“No, not really. In the end I feel like I can more or less get along with anybody,” he said. “What brings me to the field every day is your relationships with the manager and the other staff members, but ultimately it’s the players that get you up in the morning and make you want to show up to work. As a coach, that’s the way it’s got to be. The wins and losses are by-products of how hard we work with the individual players. I spend more time with those guys than I do with my own family during the season.
“There are relationships there that will be hard to say good-bye to.”