Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has resigned as the team's skipper today. He says that an "off-the-field personal matter" was the ultimate reason for his resignation.
Ron Washington, a 62-year old manager, was in his eighth season on the Rangers staff. Washington had led his squad to three consecutive playoff berths. This included two straight American League pennants in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The Rangers have struggled majorly this season, posting a 53-87 record and has already been eliminated from playoff contention. Although the team has had one of its worst seasons in franchise history, Washington refutes that the team's play was a factor in his decision to resign.
Washington released a statement this afternoon, announcing his resignation from the team:
“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.
“This is in no way related to the disappointing performance of the team this season. We were already discussing 2015 and looking forward to getting the Rangers back to postseason contention. I deeply regret that I’ve let down the Rangers organization and our great fans. Over the past eight seasons, it’s been a privilege to be part of some of the best years in club history and I will always be grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here, and for the great management, players, and coaches who have made our time here a success. Thank you for respecting my privacy.”
Texas Rangers' bench coach Tim Bogar has been appointed the team's interim manager for the remainder of the 2014 season. The team had been struck by many injuries, as they have used over sixty players this season, a major league record for players used in a season.