Bonifay heading to majors

Former Curve standout Josh Bonifay was named to the major league coaching staff of the Texas Rangers on Monday. He will serve as the team’s major league field coordinator.

Bonifay played for the Curve from 2003-05 and is still tied with Adam Hyzdu for the franchise’s career home run record (55). He was selected for the job by Rangers manager Jeff Banister, who spent three decades with the Pirates and has known Bonifay since he was 12 years old.

Bonifay’s dad, Cam, is a former Pirates general manager.

In his new role, Bonifay will handle the daily work flow schedule in spring training, and during the season he will be the Rangers’ outfield and baserunning coach.

Bonifay, who spent the past four years managing in the Houston Astros’ system, is now the third former member of the Curve who is on the Rangers’ big league staff. Former Altoona manager Tony Beasley is Texas’ third base coach, and former Curve pitching coach Brad Holman is the Rangers’ bullpen coach.