Ron Washington resigns as Rangers manager
Ron Washington has resigned as the manager of the Rangers for personal reasons.
Ron Washington has resigned as manager of the Rangers for personal reasons, both he and the team have announced. Bench coach Tim Bogar will take over as interim manager for the remainder of the season.
Here is Washington's statement:
“Today, I have submitted my resignation from the job I love – managing the Rangers – in order to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter. As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what’s best for me and my family.
“This is in no way related to the disappointing performance of the team this season. We were already discussing 2015 and looking forward to getting the Rangers back to postseason contention.
“I deeply regret that I’ve let down the Rangers organization and our great fans. Over the past eight seasons, it’s been a privilege to be part of some of the best years in club history and I will always be grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here, and for the great management, players, and coaches who have made our time here a success. Thank you for respecting my privacy.”
The Rangers issued a statement saying they will not discuss the matter out of respect for Washington's privacy, though they did acknowledge they were planning to move forward with him as their manager.
Washington, 62, had been the team's manager since 2007. They went 664-611 (.521) under his watch, including four straight 90+ win seasons from 2010-13. Washington led the team to the AL pennant in both 2010 and 2011.
Back in 2010, Washington told ESPN.com he nearly left baseball after dealing with a cocaine problem.
Prior to joining the Rangers, Washington spent the 1996-2006 seasons as a coach with the Athletics. He spent parts of 10 seasons in MLB as a light hitting infielder with five different teams during the 1980s.
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