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Carlos Cardoza Named Frisco RoughRiders Manager

“Absolute leader.” Words that a player used to describe Carlos Cardoza, who the Texas Rangers named as the new manager of the Frisco RoughRiders, the team’s Double-A affiliate. He becomes the 9th manager of the RoughRiders.

Jared Goedert, after leading the RoughRiders to the 2022 Texas League Championship, reportedly left the Rangers in January, leaving a vacancy at the manager role. Cardoza may just be the best person to replace him as he’s familiar with some of the current players and others that will promote to Frisco this season.

Cardoza, has been with the Rangers organization since 2015, most recently serving as the manager of the Hickory Crawdads, the clubs High-A affiliate in 2022 and the manager of the Down East Wood Ducks in 2021.

He’s also managed Dominican Summer League Rangers and Arizona League Rangers and has a total managerial record of 312-207, including guiding the Crawdads to a 66-65 record in 2022.

Cardoza has a proven track record of helping develop young talent, and the Rangers are excited to see him bring that same energy and expertise to Frisco.

We reached out to some players for comment on Carlos Cardoza’s promotion to Frisco RoughRiders manager

Carlos is an absolute leader. To his players, to his coaching staff. He not only leads by example but by the use of his words and the way he coaches. He is an amazing man as well as a coach. He’s taught me as much off the field as well as on the field and has been an amazing impact on my career!

Player that has played for Carlos Cardoza

Another player had this to say:

Carlos is a f’g beast.

Another had this to say:

Carlos has been one of the best coaches and mentor I’ve had throughout my minor league career. I’m very happy that he is getting a shot to coach the next level. He very much deserves it!

As you can see by the quotes above, Carlos has a great ability to connect with players, and his leadership skills and passion for the game will be an asset to the RoughRiders.

The Frisco RoughRiders are the top team in the Texas League, and Cardoza will have the opportunity to lead some of the Rangers’ top prospects as they work their way to the major leagues. The Rangers are confident that Cardoza’s knowledge and experience will help the RoughRiders continue their winning ways.

The Rangers organization and fans are looking forward to seeing Cardoza’s impact on the Frisco RoughRiders this season, and wish him the best of luck in his new role as the RoughRiders manager.

The others rounding out the RoughRiders 2023 coaching staff

  • Pitching Coach: Josh Zeid
  • Hitting Coach: Ryan Tuntland
  • Bench Coach: Tripp Keister
  • Development Coach: Kawika Emsley-Pai
  • Athletic Trainer: Ichi Takizawa
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jon Nazarko

Update April 3, 2023

Jon Goebel – is the RoughRiders pitching coach. He was pitching coach for High-A Hickory in 2022.

Congratulations to everyone and we look forward to documenting the season as the RoughRiders look to defend their Texas League Championship.


Carlos Cardoza managed the 2023 Surprise Saguaros to a 19-11 record.