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Doug Brocail leading candidate for Rangers pitching coach job

Reports indicate that Doug Brocail is a leading candidate for the Texas Rangers pitching coach job

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Doug Brocail is a candidate for the Texas Rangers pitching coach job, according to multiple reports, with Evan Grant saying Brocail is the leading candidate at this point.

Brocail, 47, was the Houston Astros pitching coach from 2011-13, and has been in their system the past two years, with the 2015 season being spent as the pitching coach for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks.

Brocail is probably most well known by Rangers from his time with the team in 2004-05, and in particular, for being in the middle of the fracas in Oakland in 2004 that resulted in Rangers players confronting fans in the stands, and Frankie Francisco throwing a chair into the stands, leading to a 10 game suspension for Francisco.

Jon Daniels said yesterday that there are about a half-dozen candidates for the job, several internal and a couple external.  Evan says the Rangers have interviewed Danny Clark, Brad Holman and Jeff Andrews, among the internal candidates.