The Texas Rangers have struggled through a terribly disappointing season. After trading for Prince Fielder in the off-season, the team expected to contend in the AL. Unfortunately things did not go the way they planned.
Fielder was lost for the season due to neck surgery, and ace pitcher Yu Darvish was recently shut down due to elbow inflammation. Now, in a shocking turn, manager Ron Washington released a statement saying he has resigned as manager according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan:
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.
There is no word as to what exactly the personal issue is that Washington needs to deal with at this time, but needless to say, no one expected him to leave.
The Rangers have the worst record in baseball this season, but overall Washington is 664-611 since he came on in 2007. He led the Rangers to two consecutive AL Pennants in 2010 and 2011, coming one strike away from bringing Texas their first ever World Series championship.
Bench coach Tim Bogar will take over as interim manager for the remainder of the season.