Bengie Molina Leaves Cards For Rangers

ARLINGTON, Tx. (AP) – The Texas Rangers have completed their coaching staff by hiring Bengie Molina as first base coach and catching instructor.

Molina’s hiring was announced Tuesday, when the Rangers also said Triple-A manager Bobby Jones will be the assistant hitting coach. The team had previously said Jones would be on manager Ron Washington’s major league staff next season.

Molina finished his 13-season playing career in 2010, when he was acquired from San Francisco in a midseason trade and played in the Rangers’ first World Series. His final major league game was as Texas’ catcher in the deciding Game 5 of the World Series won by the Giants. Last season, he was the assistant hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jones has been in the Rangers organization for 26 seasons. This will be his third stint on the major league staff.

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