Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar is “considered the frontrunner” to get the job full time.
There are still other candidates to be interviewed — it has been reported that pitching coach Mike Maddux, and Triple-A manager Steve Buechele and several external candidates were on the Rangers’ radar.
Bogar, however, is a known quantity. And while the Rangers front office is savvy enough not to trust microscopic sample sizes when assessing candidates, Bogar did go 14-8 after taking over for Ron Washington. And even if the wins don’t matter, the fact that he brought a calming and maybe even inspiring influence to the clubhouse when the last place Rangers had every reason to mail in the end of the season has to speak in his favor