Evan Grant has a blog post up, talking about how the team has yet to make an announcement about the major league coaching staff, leading to speculation that hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh's job could be in jeopardy.
Grant suggests that the Rangers could be considering having an assistant hitting coach on the staff, something that some other teams have started to do, and runs down a list of candidates if the Rangers choose to make a change at hitting coach.
I don't think that I -- or just about any other fan -- would be qualified to speak to whether Coolbaugh, or any hitting coach, is doing a good, bad or indifferent job. The Rangers' hitters slumped late in the season, and there were clearly issues that several hitters had with their approach. Would a different hitting coach have kept Josh Hamilton from swinging at everything in late September, or gotten Ian Kinsler to get his timing back? I don't know. I feel like the occasional calls to fire Coolbaugh that I heard from fans this summer stemmed from either frustration or a desire to "shake things up," neither of which I think are a real good basis for firing someone.