File this under things you love to see: Bruce Bochy getting Texas Rangers players to buy in for the 2023 season.
It’s no surprise that Bochy is already wildly popular within this group. The three-time World Champion skipper commands the kind of respect that the Rangers can rally around and propel into hopeful success in the years to come.
This is already evident if you take into consideration some recent remarks made by lefty Taylor Hearn, a fixture on Texas’ pitching staff.
Texas Rangers players are buying into the culture that new manager Bruce Bochy is already establishing
Hearn, of course, will be just one of the many beneficiaries of a Bochy-managed ballclub, which have been known in the past to get the most of out their workhorses. Together with Mike Maddux, who recently returned as pitching coach, this could be a massive year for Rangers pitching.
Other Rangers players like Marcus Semien have also expressed their excitement about Bochy, with Semien having told Bally Sports Southwest, “I think [Bochy] was the perfect hire…experience is something we need right now based off of our season last year.”
And star first baseman Nathaniel Lowe attended Bochy’s introductory presser, a sign he’s also bought in immediately.
It’s remarkable how much has changed in a short period of time for the Rangers, going from the roller coaster that was Chris Woodward’s managerial tenure and his subsequent firing this past summer along with longtime executive Jon Daniels to Bruce Bochy, Will Venable as bench coach and Maddux as pitching coach. It also attests to the importance GM Chris Young has placed on building a culture his players can buy into. In the long run, that matters greatly to team success.
Bruce Bochy has yet to actually manage in a game for the Texas Rangers (soon!), but he’s already got players buying into what lies ahead. That’s special.