(BaseballStL) – The Cardinal coaching staff will be short a piece come 2014. Bengie Molina, the Cardinals’ assistant hitting coach, has been hired by the Texas Rangers.
It will be Molina’s second stint with the Rangers, having played there during the second half of the 2010 season.
The Texas club announced Thursday Molina will serve as first base coach and coaching instructor.
Molina’s playing career spanned 13 years and four teams. He won a Word Series with the Anaheim Angels in 2002, and two Gold Glove awards throughout his career.
In his final year, he was traded from the Giants to the Rangers, who ended up playing each other in the World Series.
Molina hit for the cycle while playing for the Rangers that season, and was part of an improbable postseason run that led to the club’s first World Series appearance.
He retired in 2011, and joined the St. Louis Cardinals as assistant hitting coach for the 2013 season.
The Cardinals have yet to announce if they plan to replace Molina.