Texas Rangers: Hitting Coach Thad Bosley Has Been Fired

Craig ChapmanCorrespondent IJune 8, 2011

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25:  Thad Bosley #25 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait during Spring Training Media Day on February 25, 2011 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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In what seems to be a very surprising move to Ranger fans, hitting coach Thad Bosley was replaced with AAA Round Rock hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh.

Early reports leaking out suggest that Bosley did not mesh well with the players, both young and old.

Several reports have come out involving many disputes between him and players. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News wrote about this incident involving catcher Yorvit Torrealba.

Here is what he had to say:

"Perhaps the most serious of those was an incident between Bosley and struggling catcher Yorvit Torrealba. According to multiple sources, Torrealba asked in Philadelphia if he could take some extra batting practice swings since pitcher Colby Lewis declined to participate in batting practice on the day he was pitching. It was, according to sources, agreed upon that Torrealba could hit in two different groups.

But when he stepped in with the second group, sources said, Bosley told him he was not supposed to take the additional swings. Torrealba then left the field. An argument between the two ensued in the clubhouse."

The Rangers certainly have a history of putting an end to clubhouse disruptions.

Sidney Ponson was released after a clubhouse argument and an alleged arrest related to alcohol leading to general manager Jon Daniels to cite "disrespectful and adverse reactions to situations unbecoming of a teammate" as the reason to his dismissal.

Edinson Volquez had rumored tensions in the clubhouse and was later traded to Cincinnati where, this year, he had an outburst against the team and was sent to the minors.

Otherwise, the Rangers offense had been doing a good job this season. Their weighted runs created is tied for fourth in the majors and they continue to hit the ball well.

Here's a look at some stats comparing the Rangers with the league best and worst in their respective category.

League Best 117 .344 .442 88 .280
Texas Rangers 111 .339 .431 72 .264
League Worst 81 .285 .334 34 .229

Coolbaugh has a record of handling batters well and is certain to not be a distraction in the clubhouse.

Let's hope tensions cool for everyone's sake.