Why Hasn’t This Texas Ranger Had His Contract Extended

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Since coming to the Texas Rangers, Ron Washington has done things no other manager has ever done in this organization. I’m a true Rangers fan that has always had the utmost respect and admiration for Johnny Oates. Oates even has his number retired in Globe Life Park in Arlington. But he wasn’t able to accomplish what Washington has. Washington’s teams have made the playoffs 3 times and went to back-to-back World Series appearances. Unfortunately they lost both.

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 Wash has changed the identity and provided one of the top clubhouses in the majors. For the past several years the Texas Rangers have been known to have one of the closest and loosest clubhouses in baseball. Last year that took a hit when Michael Young was traded to the Phillies. He was with the organization for 13 years and the leader of the clubhouse. This year he retired and will go down has one of, if not, the greatest Ranger of all-time.

As a life-long Rangers fan I never knew what a playoff series win felt like. That was before Ron Washington got here. It’s almost comical that he is managing for his job this year. He has the most wins as manager in Rangers history with 611. A lot of people believe last year was his best season as manager. He took a line-up that disappointed and a rotation that suffered multiple injuries and put together a good season. They were unable to make the playoffs losing in the tie-breaker game, to make the wildcard series, to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Spring Training is only a couple days away. Washington has had too much success with the Texas Rangers to have to manage for his job this year. He will get plenty of support from his players and coaches, but it looks like, unless they make the playoffs, he won’t have any support from front office.

Topics: Michael Young, Ron Washington, Texas Rangers

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  • cliffstep

    I feel better about the team with the departure of Ryan. Heresy , I know , but….
    They say ex-catchers make the best managers. I tend to agree. Ex-pitchers – or at least Ryan – seem to think that only pitching matters. I’m convinced that the Great One (and he was great) stood over JD the last couple seasons when , at the mid-point , we desperately needed hitters , applied whatever pressure he could to bring in
    “veteran” (old) pitchers. We were losing games 2-1 , 3-0! But , with an ex-pitcher at the top of the food chain…..
    Would JD have been – or felt – free to spend of Fielder or Shin with Ryan looking over his shoulder?
    Wash is a terrific manager. The best we’ve ever had – and I certainly didn’t agree with all his moves – and he should stay here until he helps get us a championship.

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