ARLINGTON, Texas - In any other season it would be shocking to see the most successful manager in the history of the Texas Rangers quit. Given how the season has progressed, Ron Washington's resignation as the manager should be expected.
Shock was the universally given answer from the Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, owners and players on Friday afternoon. Wash' did meet with the players on Friday afternoon, not with the media.
"We don't know the details of the reason," Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "If he decided it was time to go home, it was time to go home."
Wash', 62, had one year remaining on his contract, and the continual verbal assurance from team management that he was going to return. The only reason given is that Wash' decided he needed to leave for personal reasons.
Whatever the reason, this announcement makes this the worst season in team history. Given this team's history, that is quite an accomplishment.
The last time the Rangers were this God awful they lost 105 games in 1973, their second consecutive season of 100 defeats. It was their second year the team was in Arlington since moving from Washington D.C., and that was a wretched team.
These Rangers may have been overrated in spring training, but they should not be in contention for the worst record in the game, and 31.5 games out of first place.
These Rangers are just 13 losses shy of the 100-loss plateau. With remaining games against the Mariners, Angels and Oakland Athletics, 100-losses feels like a sunrise - it's coming.
This team has been crushed by an offseason of disaster - Derek Holland's injury, Nelson Cruz leaving, the high-priced additions of Shin Soo Choo and Prince Fielder that have not panned out - and then a season of injuries and disappointing play
A 100-loss season is always perfectly justifiable reason for owners Ray Davis and Bon Simpson (pictured here at the Friday press conference with Jon Daniels) to fire everybody up to and including the bat boy. There is never an excuse for 100 losses, especially for a team with the eighth largest payroll in MLB.
Some of this is on the manager, but given his track record and this depleted roster he had earned a pass.
I asked Rangers GM Jon Daniels if the resignation is a result of a failed drug test, as Wash had a few years ago. JD said no. The decision also does not have to do with Washington's health. That leaves open the door to a number of plausible possibilities, including the scenario that Washington no longer wanted to work with the management team that no longer had Nolan Ryan included, among others.
Davis and Simpson expressed gratitude and disappointment at the decision. Wash' was 664-611 in nearly eight seasons with the team. He won two American League pennants, and had winning records from 2009 to 2013.
It should be shocking Ron Washington just quit. Given how this season has played out, it's not much of a surprise.
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