The Texas Rangers have promoted Brendan Sagara to co-pitching coach at the Major League level. Sagara had been serving as a Special Assistant, Player Development for the Rangers along with the pitching coach for their Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. He spent the 2020 season at the Rangers’ alternate training site.
Sagara made his professional debut as a late-season addition for the Evansville Otters in 1999, posting a 1.59 ERA in four regular season appearances. Sagara helped Evansville to the 1999 West Division title, their last division title until 2019.
Sagara’s professional coaching career began with the 2001 Dubois County Dragons, helping the team to a 13-win improvement and their first division title. He returned to the Dragons in 2002, again winning the West Division, then followed the club as they became the Kenosha Mammoths (2003) and Springfield-Ozark Ducks (2004). After coaching in the Northern League in 2005-06, he returned to the Frontier League in 2007 as pitching coach for the Windy City ThunderBolts. Sagara was voted Coach of the Year in 2007 when Windy City set a league record with 68 victories and won their first championship. He went on to coach for Evansville (2008) and Southern Illinois (2009).
With Sagara’s promotion, all four members of the 2007 Windy City coaching staff have gone on to wear Major League uniforms. Field manager Andy Haines is currently the hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, bench coach Mike Kashirsky is a pregame instructor and video replay monitor for the Chicago White Sox, and hitting coach Ronnie Deck served as bullpen catcher for the Baltimore Orioles from 2008-13.
Prior to joining the Rangers, Sagara had served as minor league pitching coordinator for the Chicago Cubs. He previously spent time in various player development roles for the Miami Marlins and scouting for the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves.
“Brendan’s preparation and attention to detail was evident dating back to his playing days,” commented Frontier League deputy commissioner Steve Tahsler, who was director of operations in Evansville when Sagara played and general manager in Dubois County and Windy City during his coaching stints. “Brendan’s promotion is well-deserved and a testament to his hard work and preservice.”
“It’s been a long journey, but a great one,” said Sagara. “I would not be here without the Frontier League, of which I have so many fond memories, great experiences, and met great people.”
Sagara will oversee the Rangers’ off-season pitching program before reporting to Spring Training in Surprise, Arizona, next February. Texas opens the 2021 regular season on Thursday, April 1 at Kansas City.
Founded for the 1993 season, the Frontier League is the largest and longest running independent professional baseball league. An official Partner League of Major League Baseball, the Frontier League features 15 clubs stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Frontier League annually moves the most players into Major League Baseball organizations of any of the independent leagues.