Rangers hire Red Sox bench coach Will Venable as associate manager

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Bruce Bochy has added an up-and-coming managerial candidate to his staff.

The Rangers on Wednesday announced that they hired Boston Red Sox bench coach Will Venable to be an associate manager on Bochy's staff.

Venable is widely viewed as a rising star in the coaching ranks, and was almost immediately named as a potential fit for Texas after Chris Woodward was canned. The Rangers went with Bochy, but clearly thought highly enough of Venable to bring him into the fold.

The 40-year-old had a nine-year playing career, with 37 of his 967 career games coming in Texas in 2015. After retiring, he became a special assistant to Theo Epstein in Chicago in 2017 before ultimately shifting to base coaching in 2018. He remained with the Cubs until joining the Red Sox ahead of the 2021 season when Alex Cora was hired back as manager. in Boston

Venable took over for six games in April when Cora had COVID-19, so he does have some experience managing games.

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