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Rangers Hire Orel Hershiser

June 22, 2002

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Orel Hershiser was hired Saturday as the Texas Rangers’ new pitching coach.

The Rangers, who dismissed Oscar Acosta on Thursday, confirmed the signing and scheduled a news conference in Pittsburgh before their game against the Pirates.

Hershiser discussed the job with Texas before he joined the Rangers as a special assistant to general manager John Hart last fall. At the time, Hershiser did not want to make a full-time commitment, but changed his thinking on Friday.

``I wasn’t as committed, but I’ve received some education in the baseball industry since then,″ said Hershiser, 42. ``I’m an employee of the Texas Rangers, and I want to be loyal to this team. I helped choose Oscar. I feel partly responsible for Oscar’s failure. Who am I to be part of making that decision and not be willing to be part of the solution?″

Hershiser, who has no previous coaching experience, spent 18 years as a major league pitcher with a record of 204-150 and a 3.48 ERA. He won the NL Cy Young award with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988.

The Rangers had a staff ERA of 5.05 entering play Saturday, the second highest in the American League.

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