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Orel Hershiser Leaving Texas Rangers

February 3, 2006 GMT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Orel Hershiser is leaving his front-office job with the Texas Rangers less than three months after he resigned as the team’s pitching coach.

After 3 1/2 seasons as pitching coach, Hershiser in November became an executive assistant to Rangers president Jeff Cogen.

Hershiser interviewed last fall with the Los Angeles Dodgers about their manager and general manager openings. He spent parts of 13 of his 18 major league seasons in Los Angeles, including 1988 when he set a major league record by pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings and was the NL Cy Young Award winner. The Dodgers won the World Series that year.


Hershiser joined the Rangers in November 2001 as an associate to former general manager John Hart. He had no prior coaching experience when he replaced the fired Oscar Acosta as the team’s pitching coach in June 2002.

Manager Buck Showalter retained Hershiser as pitching coach when he was hired after the 2002 season. Bullpen coach Mark Connor replaced Hershiser as pitching coach last fall.