Doug Brocail Expected To Replace Mike Maddux
While the Rangers haven’t formally announced that former MLB pitcher Doug Brocail has replaced Mike Maddux as the Rangers pitching coach, it seems all but a done deal. Brocail acknowledged today that his agent and the Rangers are in contract negotiations as we speak. Brocail is expected to replace Maddux as the Rangers pitching coach.
Brocail spent 15 seasons in the Major Leagues including two seasons with the Rangers in 2004 and 2005. Brocail finished his playing career in Houston in 2009 and immediately went into coaching with the Astros after that.
He was named the Astros Interim Pitching Coach in 2011 after replacing the fired Brad Arnsberg. He was reassigned to Special Assistant in 2013 and spent all of 2015 as the Corpus Christi Hooks pitching coach – the Astros AA affiliate. That was where Lance McCullers and Vince Velasquez were when they were called directly to the big leagues – skipping AAA. Brocail is also rumored to have played a part in the development of Dallas Keuchel, the Astros ace and Cy Young candidate.
Mike Maddux departs after seven seasons having helped improve the pitching staff significantly. The Rangers, minus the injury plagued 2014 and 2015 seasons, finished no worse than 8th in the American League and only twice posted staff ERA’s over 4.00. They finished as high as third in 2010.
Replacing Maddux will be no small feat for Brocail. Maddux is regarded around the league as one of the best pitching coaches in the business and has left behind some big shoes to fill. It will be interested to see how Brocail’s approach differs from that of Maddux and how Brocail can work with the young arms of Derek Holland, Martin Perez, Nick Tepesch, Nick Martinez and Chi Chi Gonzalez.
After all, the Astros have started to churn out some pretty fine young arms. Is Brocail the crypt-keeper? We’ll soon find out.
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