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Ron Washington will be back as Rangers manager in 2014

Oct 1, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT

The Rangers won two pennants under Ron Washington, but after a division title-costing late-season fade two years in row and after last night’s loss to the Rays, some folks may have suspected that his job was in jeopardy. Not so:

 

Which is probably the right call.

Washington is not the world’s best tactical manager, but the Rangers’ flaws haven’t been one of tactics of late. At least primarily. The silent bats speak to a lack of power threats beyond Adrian Beltre and last night it seemed half the lineup was limping. Meanwhile, it’s a team that still appears from the outside to have a lot of respect for its manager.

The Rangers season ended sooner than they hoped, but the situation is not broken there. No sense in making any needless fixes.

  1. larjones64 - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Robinson Cano

  2. braven4evr - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Ron Washington must have something on the Rangers ownership

  3. babyfarkmcgeezax - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    The Rays won. Craig probably shed a few years, since the Rays have a few bad apples on their roster. The Braves are all perfect angels, of course.

    • zzalapski - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Guess you missed the columns where he called out Brian McCann for being a dipshit, but you wouldn’t be the first person whose selective memory was pointed out for all to see.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        Being selective… you mean like Craig saying people shouldn’t root for the Rays because a couple of their players are bigots, while his very own favorite team, the Braves, use racist imagery and logos and promote the racist tomahawk chop at games?

  4. beefytrout - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    dave magadan, on the other hand, probably should at least get the suitcases out of the closet…

  5. miketreedy - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Ron Washington should be so thankful the Astros joined the AL and that the Angels were so bad. Combined that counted for 35+ wins this season. These teams played like Single A teams against the Rangers. Making errors after errors. I don’t view Washington as a top manager and think the Rangers are handicapping themselves by letting him stay on.

  6. APBA Guy - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I don’t think any team can lose 3/5 of its starting rotation for roughly the entire year (Feliz, Harrison, Lewis) as well as 2 sluggers who not long ago had OPS over 1.000 (Hamilton, Napoli) and replace them with the likes of Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin, then say the inevitable decline is the manager’s fault. But fans say that all the time. “Wash didn’t pull reliever x at precisely y moment in Game 123. He must go!”

    Texas fans can pretend this team had the offense and pitching of 2010/11 when they were in the Series. They’ve slipped since then, but not as far as one might expect given the injuries and personnel changes. Who gets credit for getting these guys to perform at such a high level?

    The team was undermanned, but they never gave up on their manager. That’s why he’s still there.

    • miketreedy - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Not sure what you are talking about. The chance that Lewis or Feliz were going to return especially as effective SPs was very low. Losing Harrison was a tough loss but the players like Tepish, Wolf and Perez helped fill in that spot. Plus they had a dominant bullpen all season. Mike Maddox deserves the credit for the success of the pitching staff.

      The Rangers had the easiest division schedule in all of baseball. Still they didn’t make the post season despite having a superior talent than the A’s and Indians. If the Rangers had Francona as a manager they would have won the division.

    • ssf187 - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Yes, let’s credit Wash for nebulous things like “motivation”(despite the Rangers going into long stretches of futility this year) and “fundamentals”(despite all the sloppy mistakes they made this year on the basepaths) while minimizing his culpability in the managerial failures we can actually measure.

      You talk about critiques of his bullpen management like critics are cherrypicking. They aren’t. He’s gotten away with it more than usual this year because the Rangers bullpen was so good, but he still did some incredibly dumb shit like bring in Robbie Ross against strings of LHBs.

      The offensive end is where he was really damaging, though. In the past, the Rangers had the firepower to cover for him. This year, they needed those outs Wash gave away with stupid sacrifice bunts. They needed the percentage advantages that effective player platoons would create. They didn’t get either of those things, so now they’re home.

      The credit for the Rangers’ ability to weather the storm of injuries this year should go to Jon Daniels and the rest of the front office for putting together a system that could survive it. If the Rangers get it together next year, it will probably be because those guys acquired enough bats to re-cover Wash’s flaws.

      (As a sidenote, it’s interesting that you mention Gentry and Martin, who were both effective platoon guys who played good defense and ran the bases well, but ignore David Murphy, who OPS’d a mighty .656 on the season but received 436 plate appearances and played mediocre defense because Wash loves him. See Young, Michael(2012 ed.) for further reading on the subject.)

  7. thesmedman - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I think the bigger question will be the palace intrigue that will take place vis-a-vis Mr. Jon Daniels (and whether he keeps the ridiculous lofty title he extorted from the majority owners) and Mr Nolan Ryan, the face of the club and a partial owner. You do have to wonder why the GM did not step in during the collapse – which is what the GM is supposed to do…

    True that Washington is not the best tactical manager. But who else is available that would be a significant step up? I can’t think of anyone.

    • ahenobarbuso - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Girardi probably would have took the Rangers to four WS wins in a row. I even think Scioscia would be an upgrade personally.

      I don’t really like the whole love-love, pampering kind of atmosphere Ron Washington seems to create.

  8. coloradogolfcoupons - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    This is great news…for A’s, Astros, Mariners, Angel’s, and fans of all other MLB teams. Much easier to bet a team with an idiot managing it.

  9. markofapro - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    What other manager has won 90+ games in last 4 seasons? He must be a total dumb ass.
    No power from the left field and no power from 1st base. That and the lack of advancing RISP was the Rangers’ problem.

  10. jdillydawg - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    He’s always welcome in Seattle. Hey, he’s familiar with that division, and if Seattle management could pull their heads out and let a manager manage (how did I manage to say manage so many times?), they might have a shot at next year at…

    3rd place!

  11. hardjudge - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Jon Daniels needs to go. The talent he has let go is amazing.

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