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Rangers keep manager Ron Washington through 2014 with two-year contract extension

Jan 30, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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Ron Washington’s contract was set to expire after this season, but the Rangers have signed the 60-year-old manager to a two-year extension that will keep him in Texas through 2014.

Washington’s current deal was also a two-year extension inked after the 2010 season, which was the Rangers’ first of back-to-back AL championships.

Washington replaced Buck Showalter in 2007 and went just 75-87 in his first season, but the Rangers have increased their win total in each season since, going from 75 to 79 to 87 to 90 to 96 (which is a team record).

Overall he’s 427-383 (.527) in five seasons, which trails only Joe Girardi, Davey Johnson, Charlie Manuel, Mike Scioscia, and Ron Gardenhire among active managers with multiple seasons of experience.

No word yet on if Little Wash also got an extension.

  1. SmackSaw - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    After his pre game 7 speech last year,I have much respect for him. Good for him and the Rangers.

  2. stex52 - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    I think that the part that managers play in the game is often overrated, but two trips to the WS in two years is hard to argue with. Especially with some of the injury and personnel issues they have dealt with.

    • paperlions - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      I agree, but the aspect of managing that is likely most important is what Washington seems to excel at….he communicates very well with his players, they LOVE the guy and love playing for him.

      • stex52 - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        Agreed. If you can communicate and also administer the occasional discipline, that seems to me about 75% of the job. Your coaches can handle the other decisions.

  3. randygnyc - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    I thought the title read “crack extension”

  4. gt929 - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    What is coke bow? And what does your last sentence mean? Babble much?

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