BOSTON — Tim Bogar flew into Boston late last Sunday night with the Texas Rangers for a three-game series at Fenway Park. His wife Wendy was waiting for him at the airport.
The couple hadn’t seen each other since early February when Tim, the ex-Red Sox bench coach who serves in the same position for the Rangers, left for spring training in Arizona.
They drove to their North Andover home and Tim woke early the next morning to make his children egg sandwiches for breakfast and see them off to their school buses.
“This was the first year in all the years I’ve been in baseball where they haven’t been able to come (to spring training),” Bogar said. “Aralee (his daughter) was playing varsity basketball. So she couldn’t get away. And when I’m gone, my wife has to take care of the whole shooting match.
“It’s challenging but it’s baseball life. They haven’t known anything different.”
Bogar served as the Red Sox first base coach in 2009 and third base coach from 2010-11 under then-manager Terry Francona. He spent 2012 as Sox bench coach under then-skipper Bobby Valentine.
After Valentine’s dismissal, Bogar joined the Los Angeles Angels organization, managing their Double-A affiliate, the Arkansas Travelers, for one season. Last October, he accepted his current position on the bench beside Rangers manager Ron Washington.
Bogar is doing well, especially after seeing his family this past week. Despite leaving the Red Sox organization, Bogar and his family have maintained their permanent residence in North Andover.
Bogar also seems much more refreshed and relaxed since the last time we saw him here at Fenway Park.
Like other members of Valentine’s coaching staff, Bogar had a strained relationship with Valentine as the Red Sox played uninspired baseball and finished with 69 wins, good for dead last in the AL East.