Texas Rangers: Pitcher Colby Lewis Could Come to Front Office
By Andrew Webb
Former Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis could be joining the front office as soon as the 2018 season. Is this a good or bad move to bring in Lewis to a front office position?
According to T.R. Sullivan, the Texas Rangers are working on finalizing a deal with former pitcher Colby Lewis. If the deal is completed, Lewis would rejoin the Rangers organization as a special assistant.
The 38-year-old never officially retired from Major League baseball, but hasn’t played since 2016. He would join a team with former Rangers, Darren Oliver, Michael Young, and Ivan Rodriguez as special assistants to general manager Jon Daniels.
Lewis could bring some helpful insight to the pitching program in Arlington. He was drafted by the Rangers organization in 1999 and spent nine years with the organization. He started and finished his career with the Rangers, but briefly played with the Tigers and Athletics in 2006 and ’07.
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During his nine seasons in Arlington, Lewis went 77-70 with a 4.65 ERA in 205 games (195 starts) and four different postseason trips. Lewis pitched in the World Series twice with the Rangers and posted a 2.29 ERA in three games.
Lewis doesn’t have the Hall of Fame resume like many of the other special assistants. The difference is Lewis has struggled and battled through obstacles. He’s not a Hall of Famer, but he knows plenty about baseball.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Lewis make a transition to pitching coach at some point. Lewis has postseason success and has been around this organization almost his entire career. Good move by the organization to bring him back.