ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -The Texas Rangers have hired former major league catcher Matt Walbeck to be their new third-base coach and catching instructor.
The hiring announced Wednesday rounds out Rangers manager Ron Washington's coaching staff for the 2008 season.
The 38-year-old Walbeck replaces Don Wakamatsu, who left to become bench coach with the Oakland Athletics.
Walbeck has spent the past four seasons as a manager in the Detroit Tigers' minor league system. Before that, he had an 11-season major league career as a catcher with the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota, Detroit, Anaheim and Philadelphia.
The rest of Washington's coaching staff consists of bench coach Art Howe, pitching coach Mark Connor, bullpen coach Dom Chiti, first base coach Gary Pettis and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo.

Recent MLB Discussions

MLB Trends Wednesday, May 25 on Wed, May 2016 by Blade
May Pitchers Report on Wed, May 2016 by Blade
MLB Trends Tuesday, May 24 on Tue, May 2016 by Blade

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Blue Jays vs. Yankees Prediction The Yankees are red-hot but can the Blue Jays end the Bombers' six-game winning streak tonight at 7:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Pirates to keep pouring it on Diamondbacks? Don’t look now, but the National League Central Division race seems poised to get a lot more interesting.
Thumbnail Do Rockies have any hope of upending BoSox? Jackie Bradley Jr. and other top sluggers garner the most headlines in Beantown these days. As for Steven Wright, he’s just content to keep flummoxing...
Thumbnail Padres vs. Giants MLB Pick The Giants will go for the sweep today versus the Padres but will San Diego pull off the upset at 3:45PM ET?
Thumbnail Angels, Trout to bust out against Rangers? Largely known for their heavy-hitting ways in recent years, the American League West-leading Rangers could well be in the midst of a profound identity...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages