Texas Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar is now considered the frontrunner to be the team's manager in 2015, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Bogar and former Rangers infielder Alex Cora will interview with the team on Friday. Texas has already interviewed several other candidates, including pitching coach Mike Maddux and Triple-A Round Rock manager Steve Buechele. Texas has also reportedly interviewed Cleveland Indians bench coach Kevin Cash.
Bogar took over as interim manager after longtime manager Ron Washington resigned in September. Washington told reporters the reason he abruptly stepped down from his position was because he cheated on his wife. Bogar posted a 14-8 record over the Rangers' final 22 games of season, an accomplishment he achieved while captaining the team with the worst record in baseball.
The former MLB infielder, whose nine-year playing career involved stints with the Mets, Astros and Dodgers, has ascended within the organization quickly. Bogar was first hired as the Rangers bench coach less than a year ago, and assumed interim managerial duties on Sept. 5.
- Will Green