How Many Coaches Does an MLB Club Need?

Every good baseball team needs at least one coach who can teach this much broader lesson to the talented younger players. Otherwise, little else is going to matter much.


Thanks to our SABR colleague Paul Rogers of SMU Law for pointing out this wonderful column in the June 23, 2017 edition of The Hardball Times by Frank Jackson on what the writer calls “Creeping Coachism” in Major league Baseball. It’s really nothing new. We’ve seen it taking over the halls of government over the past century at an ever-expanding rate and we’ve seen it also making some pretty serious dents in the fattest of corporations in recent times, as well.

Besides, it’s only money, right? How can having too much help at the decision-making level possibly be a problem for anyone – even in baseball?

Here’s the article link:

Jackson uses the Texas Rangers to exemplify his point. In 1972, the brand new shifted-to-Texas Rangers had four (4) assistant. Today, in 2017, they now have 11, with the forever present question hanging out there awaiting its eventual answer. – Are MLB teams on their ways to having as many non-playing employees in uniform as they are actual contributing players?

In the interest of a little fun, we took the current list of 11 Texas Ranger coaches and added 14 new field administrative positions to bring the total list of non-playing uniformed Ranger assistants up to 25, the number needed to match the 25 names available as players. Of course, when you throw in Rangers manager Jeff Banister (and, yes, by all means, do throw him in – and throw him in hard) to the plan for the expansion of coaching personnel with variable non-playing differential authority over the Rangers. Adding Banister to the mix, uniformed Ranger administrators will then outnumber the uniformed roster players, 26-25, once all positions are filled.

That “(TBNLUA)” acronym which precedes each currently uncreated or filled position, of course, stands for “To Be Named Later Upon Approval”:

The Future 25-Person Managerial Staff of the Texas Rangers

  1. Tony Beasley, Third Base Coach
  2. (TBNLUA), Extra Base Risk Assessor
  3. Josh Bonifay, Field Coordinator
  4. (TBNLUA), Infield Shift Coordinator
  5. (TBNLUA), Outfield Shift Coordinator
  6. Doug Brocail, Head Pitching Coach
  7. (TBNLUA), RH Pitching Coach Specialist
  8. (TBNLUA), LH Pitching Coach Specialist
  9. (TBNLUA), Tommy John Recovery Coach
  10. Steve Buechele, Bench Coach
  11. Mark Connor, Special Assistant, Pitching
  12. (TBNLUA), Coaches Card Games Coordinator
  13. Josh Frasier, Bullpen Catcher
  14. Brad Holman, Bullpen Coach
  15. Anthony Iapoce, RHB Hitting Coach
  16. (TBNLUA), LHB Hitting Coach
  17. Justin Mashore, Assistant Hitting Coach
  18. (TBNLUA), Bunting & Pepper Game Coach
  19. (TBNLUA), Base Running Coach
  20. Bob Jones, Replay Coordinator
  21. (TBNLUA), Foreplay Coordinator
  22. (TBNLUA), Failed Game Plan Assessor
  23. Hector Ortiz, First Base Coach
  24. (TBNLUA), Sunflower Seeds Acquisitions Coach
  25. (TBNLUA), Post-Game OF Victory Dance Coordinator


If you see any improvements or additional positions that ought to be considered by the Rangers, please post your suggestions here in the comment section that follows each of our columns.


Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle


2 Responses to “How Many Coaches Does an MLB Club Need?”

  1. Bill Hickman Says:

    The last time the major leagues expanded was in 1998, when the Diamondbacks and (Devil) Rays came in. There were 208 new major leaguers making their debuts that year. In 2016, there were 257 new debuters. Someone has to teach (or coach) these guys how to play.

    Bill Hickman

  2. Larry Dierker Says:

    KISS is no longer relevant. And more isn’t necessary better is a philosophy reserved poets and other weirdos these days.

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