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2014 Texas Rangers alumni on A’s AZL coaching staff

Two players from the Rangers’ miserable 2014 season will be part of the Oakland A’s AZL coaching staffs in 2020

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An interesting note I came across on the Tweetbox this afternoon...

Two members of that godawful 2014 Texas Rangers team that we have all tried to forget are going to be part of the coaching staff for the two Oakland A’s AZL Rookie League teams in 2020.

Adam Rosales, the 36 year old long-time utility infielder who split the 2019 season between the Indians and the Twins AAA teams, will be part of the coaching staff for, it appears, both of the A’s rookie league teams. You may recall that the Rangers claimed Rosales off of waivers from the A’s in August, 2013, only for the A’s to claim him back off of waivers less than a week later, with the Rangers re-claiming him four days after that.

Rosales stayed with the Rangers the rest of 2013 and all of 2014 before being released in August, 2015. Rosales actually was pretty good for the Rangers in 2014, putting up a 1.2 bWAR in 181 plate appearances while playing all the infield positions.

The other 2014 Ranger who will be coaching A’s rookies is Kevin Kouzmanoff, who will be a hitting coach. Kouzmanoff, 38, was a one-time well regarded prospect who signed with the Rangers as a minor league free agent, started the year at AAA, and then was called up a week into the season. Kouzmanoff tore it up for a couple of weeks, slashing .362/.412/.617, then was struck down by back issues which ended his career.

Anyway, this isn’t any huge news, but it was something I found interesting and wanted to share.