Ron Washington has abruptly resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers, putting a stunning capper on what has been one of the worst seasons in Rangers history.
Although the Rangers currently own the worst record in Major League Baseball, the team’s performance was not a factor in Washington’s resignation. Instead, an unspecified "off-the-field personal matter" led to his decision.
Washington released the following statement:
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.
The Rangers front office expressed support for Washington, reiterating that Washington’s decision to resign was his and his alone.
In Washington’s eight seasons with the Rangers, he compiled a record 664-611, making him the franchise’s all-time leader in regular season wins and games managed (1,275).
Bench coach Tim Bogar will serve as interim manager for the remainder of the 2014 season.