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Texas Rangers bring back Mike Maddux as pitching coach

The team also announced the hiring of Dayton Moore as a baseball operations senior advisor.

The Texas Rangers have officially brought back a familiar face to their coaching ranks.

After emerging as a leading candidate this week, the Rangers announced on Wednesday that Mike Maddux would be returning to the organization as its pitching coach. The team also announced the hiring of Dayton Moore as a baseball operations senior advisor.

In Maddux’s first turn with the Rangers, then-manager Ron Washington delegated the management of the pitching staff to Maddux, giving him more autonomy and authority than many coaches. That is likely to change under Bruce Bochy, who is considered an excellent manager of pitching usage. On his way to three World Series titles with San Francisco, though, Bochy had one veteran pitching coach: since-retired Dave Righetti.

“I am thrilled to welcome Mike to our coaching staff,” said Bochy in a statement. “Mike has a unique ability to connect with a pitching staff and motivate pitchers to perform at their highest level. He has had success at every stop in his coaching career and we are excited to bring him on board for a second stint in Arlington.”

Maddux was the Rangers pitching coach from 2009-15, a period when the team won three AL West titles and advanced twice to the World Series. He left when his contract expired and spent the next two seasons as the Washington Nationals pitching coach before spending the last five seasons in the same role with St. Louis. He also was Milwaukee’s pitching coach for six years before joining the Rangers.

Moore, who oversaw the entire baseball operation for the Kansas City Royals for more than 16 years, will collaborate with general manager Chris Young and the other senior members of the Rangers’ baseball leadership group on all aspects of the operation, including player evaluation, scouting, and player development.

“Dayton Moore was the first person I contacted when we were looking to add experience to our baseball operation,” said Young. “I got the opportunity to know Dayton personally when I pitched for Kansas City from 2015-17, and there is no one more respected in our game. He rebuilt the Royals into a World Champion during his tenure running their baseball organization, which produced a lot of outstanding players along the way.

“Dayton’s experiences as a longtime General Manager as well as his extensive background in scouting, will be a tremendous asset to me and the other leaders of our baseball group. We are excited that he has agreed to come aboard.”

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