The Texas Rangers named Tim Hires their hitting coach on Wednesday after spending the past four seasons in the same role with the Boston Red Sox.
Hyers and Rangers manager Chris Woodward worked together as assistants on Director Dave Roberts’ staff with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and 2017.
The Dodgers were the National League champions in 2017, and again in 2018, when Hyers was in his first season with the Red Sox when they beat Los Angeles for their world title.
Rangers come out of a 102-loss season and sit 29th in the major tournaments with a team hitting average of 0.232. It was last with a 0.670 OPS and scored an AL-low 625.
During the Hyers’ four seasons with the Red Sox, they led the majors in sprint (2898), total bases (8,632), extra base strokes (1989), average hitting (.266), slowing percentage (.455) and OPS (. .790).
Texas hired Donnie Ecker on November 1 as the bench coach as well as offensive coordinator, a role in which he will oversee the organization’s overall batting program at the major and minor league levels. Iker has spent the past two seasons as a hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants.
Iker replaced bench coach Don Wakamatsu, who was not retained beyond the season. Rangers also did not bring back batting coaches Luis Ortiz and Calix Crabb.