SURPRISE, Ariz. — In 2018, Rangers catching coach Bobby Wilson backed up Mitch Garver on the Minnesota Twins.
It was Garver’s first full season in the big leagues after 23 games with the squad the previous year. Wilson, then in the second-to-last season of his 10-year big league career, was a role model for Garver, who said there were times he absolutely had to lean on Wilson that year to motivate him.
Now, following a trade that sent infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa to the Twins, Garver and Wilson have a chance to work together again, albeit in different roles.
“It’s a little different because we’ve built a relationship that was more peer to peer, and now it’s coach to player,” Wilson said. “So the dynamics are a little bit different. But it actually helps because he knows what I’m about, I know what he’s about, and [that] just kind of speeds up that relationship from player to coach now, which is cool. We’re able to have open conversations, which is nice. I don’t really have…