Texas’ search for a new manager is down to three candidates, as the Rangers named as finalists interim manager Tim Bogar, Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, and Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash.
Bogar was the Rangers’ bench coach and took over as manager when Ron Washington stepped down, going 14-8 down the stretch with a team that was 53-87 under Washington.
He’s been considered the favorite for the full-time job this whole time and nothing has changed that belief. Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux is apparently no longer in the running, but Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that he continues to work with pitching prospects in an instructional league, suggesting he may stick around.
ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.
O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”
“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.
O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.
He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.
O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.
He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.