The tenure of Ron Washington as manager of the Texas Rangers has come to an abrupt ending according to multiple sources.
THIS JUST IN: Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington resigns due to personal reasons. pic.twitter.com/gHfizAvQaN
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 5, 2014
To say it has been a rough season for Washington’s Rangers would be a mighty understatement. Decimated by injuries to some of their top players, Texas sits last in the AL West with a record of 53-87 and an enormous 31.5 games behind the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the division.
Don’t let the 2014 Rangers’ record fool you, the career of Washington as the manager of the Rangers has been a very successful one with an overall record of 664-611. Washington also won two american league pennants in 2010 and 2011 while leading Texas to five winning seasons (2009-2013) in his eight years.
For the Rangers, the loss of Washington leaves the team at a bit of a crossroad. While injuries have played a role in the struggles of the season, it has also become evident that general manager Jon Daniels has his work cut out for him when it comes to putting a winner on the field – as some large contracts are looking to plague the Rangers (Elvis Andrus, Shin-Soo Choo, etc.).
The search will likely begin after the season for Washington’s replacement as manager of the Rangers – but for Texas, the end of the 2014 season cannot come soon enough.
Cover Photo: Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press
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