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Report: Rangers Hitting Coach Leaving For The Cubs

October 15, 2018 - 3:13 pm

ARLINGTON (105.3 The Fan) - The Texas Rangers are already looking for a new manager, but now they have another role to fill on the coaching staff. 

According to a source close to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, hitting coach Anthony Iapoce has informed the club that he is leaving for the same position with the Chicago Cubs. 

Iapoce has been with the Rangers since he was hired away from the Cubs in 2015 where he was an assistant to the general manager in charge of their minor-league hitting program.

The Cubs fired hitting coach Chili Davis last week after the team's offense struggled in the second half of the season. 

Per Wilson, the rest of the Rangers coaches futures will be determined after a manager is hired. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels reportedly gave them permission to seek other jobs. 

Under Iapoce, Texas was 14th in American League in batting average in 2018 (.240), down from 13th in 2017 (.244) and 3rd in 2016 (.262). The Rangers had the 7th most runs (737), 8th most home runs (194) and 7th best on-base percentage (.318) in the AL this season.