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Rangers manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine last year

Mar 17, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

Ron Washington.jpgWow:

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine during the 2009 season, SI.com has learned. Washington, 57, has been subject to increased drug testing since his
failed test, which was administered by Major League Baseball last July,
and he has passed all of his subsequent tests. In deciding to support
Washington and retain him as manager, the Rangers accepted his apology
as heartfelt and also his explanation that this was a one-time
transgression.

I just finished reading a book called The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven by Aaron Skirboll. It won’t be released for several months, but when it comes out you’ll definitely want to read it.  It details the Pittsburgh cocaine trials of 1985 and the crazy, coke-filled years Major League Baseball experienced leading up to them.

Ron Washington played during the years chronicled in that book. Between the time frame of his heyday and that of the book, my first impression of this news it to be skeptical of the “one-time transgression” language of the team’s statement.  How many people try
coke for the first time at age 57?  Especially those who worked in an environment absolutely lousy with cocaine for so many years of their youth?

That said, I like Ron Washington as much as the next guy, and I’m happy to see that he has passed subsequent testing.  I’m also pleased to see the Rangers give him another shot rather than do the easy thing, which would be to cut him loose. By all accounts he’s been a loyal guy and his players are said to like him. People deserve second chances.    

  1. SinJin - Mar 17, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Let’s see… hundreds of thousands of people are being killed per year due to ILLEGAL drug trafficking. Wars are being ought overseas in part to oversee product growth and protect investments. Everyday we lose family members to another crack pipe or another gun associated with ILLEGAL drug use and trafficking.
    Are we really being trivial here? The real problem is that people such as yourself bury their heads in the sand instead of retrieving facts and seeing the impacts of ILLEGAL DRUGS (cocaine.)

  2. Phil - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Oh for Christ’s sake. Grow up and quit trying to regulate others’ behavior. Prohibition didn’t work and only established a beachhead for organized crime. People do stupid things and laws don’t prevent that. Legalize all drugs for private use, tax them and regulate them, but stop putting people in prison for what are private decisions.

  3. DD from Tex - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    I always thought the Rangers should have hired Trey Hillman. We wouldn’t be going over this if they picked a better choice for manager. Maybe the Rangers will figure it out at some point.

  4. hardjudge - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    BTW, did any of you happen to watch the Rangers in August and September of last year.

  5. Jack Meoffer - Mar 18, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    How stupid does Washington think we all are. Come on dude. You did your first line at 57 or however you did it ? Paaa-lease. I hold nothing against him for doing it. I do think he is foolish looking for an instant heart attack doing that at his age. If he is doing this in the privacy of his own home I don’t hold against him whether it is illegal or not. But saying it was your first time makes you a liar, hands down. Nothing worse than a liar.

  6. airedale - Mar 18, 2010 at 4:10 AM

    spousal abuse, child abuse, drunken driving, armed robbery, sexual abuse, assault, terrorism, illegal parking, prostitution, white slavery.
    All of the above Phyllis are conscience personal choices made by the people who commit the acts…using your logic, we should just close the prisons and tax the the hell out of the ‘perps”.
    I guess thats okay, if you don’t ever want to leave your house again.
    Do the rocks in your head cause you pain when you bend over to tighten the Velcro on your shoes??

  7. Rays fan - Mar 18, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    I was going to respond to Phil, but now don’t feel the need–it would have been a waste of time to do so anyway–thanks!

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