Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has hired former Major League pitcher Doug Mathis as bullpen coach. Additionally, former big league infielder Darwin Barney has been hired as manager for the Rangers’ Triple-A Nashville Sounds affiliate in the Pacific Coast League.
Mathis, 36, has served as a minor league pitching coach in both the Seattle and Toronto organizations, working at both Clinton (SEA A affiliate, 2017-18) and Buffalo (TOR AAA affiliate, 2019). He moved to the coaching ranks in 2017 after an 11-year professional career that included stints in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Mathis was originally signed by the Rangers after being selected in the 13th round of the 2005 June draft, and he spent his entire big league career with Texas, going 3-3 with a 4.84 ERA over 45 games/6 starts from 2008-10. The Arizona native was drafted out of the University of Missouri.
Mathis replaces Oscar Marin, who was hired as Major League pitching coach by the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 16.
Barney, 34, will be in his first professional coaching role at Nashville. The winner of the 2012 National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award at second base, he batted .246 over 814 Major League games in an 8-year career with Chicago-NL (2010-14), Los Angeles-NL (2014-15), and Toronto (2015-17). A non-roster invitee to Rangers spring training camp in 2018, he never signed with another club after being released by Texas on March 19 of that year. The Oregon native was selected by the Cubs in the fourth round of the 2007 June draft out of Oregon State University.
From Rangers PR staff reports