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.
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