Ron Washington has stepped down as manager of the Texas Rangers. Washington is departing for undisclosed personal reasons. All that is known is that the circumstances do not concern substance abuse. Washington tested positive for cocaine in 2009.
The Rangers hired Washington to manage the Rangers prior to the 2007 season. Washington would guide the Rangers to back to back AL pennants in 2010 and 2011. The Rangers were one strike away not once, but twice from winning their first World Series title in 2011. However, David Freese had other ideas.
In 2014, the Rangers have the worst record in MLB. At 53-87, the Rangers are 31 1/2 games back of the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. Nevertheless, with a record of 664-611, Washington is the winningest manager in Rangers’ franchise history.
Rangers bench coach Tim Bogar has been named interim manager for the remainder of the season. Bogar spent four seasons on the Boston Red Sox coaching staff before joining the Rangers’ organization this year.
I enjoyed Washington’s infectious enthusiasm in the dugout. Unfortunately, there was little to be enthusiastic about this year. But Wash will manage again.