In a surprising move Ron Washington stepped down as the Rangers manager Friday afternoon in
order to attend to a private matter. Bench coach Tim Burger will take over the managerial duties
“I deeply regret that I’ve let down the Rangers organization and our great fans,” Washington said
in a statement. “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.”
This marks the end of the greatest era in Texas Rangers’ history. Ron Washington leaves a 664-
611 win/loss record during his seven and a half seasons as manager with back-to-back World
Washington’s win/loss record isn’t what sets him apart from the likes of Johnny Oats or Buck
Showalter (both former Rangers’ managers). It’s the two American League Pennants that
Washington won. Never mind the fact that no other Rangers’ manager ever took that Rangers
past the first round of the playoffs. Washington took them to two in a row.
I will never forget where I was when the Rangers beat the New York Yankees in 2010.
Game Six. Top of the ninth. Two outs. Alex Rodriguez at the plate. Neftali Feliz on the mound
for the Rangers.
The sports bar I frequented was silent. Strike one. A collective inhale by my
fellow fans. Strike two. Quieter still. And when Feliz threw the 98 mile fastball by a swinging A-
Rod the place erupted. Grown men, hardened men, wept as the realization that the Texas Rangers
where bound for the World Series. Laughter and cheers and recounts of what just happened
along with the “cheers” of beer bottles and whiskey glasses became the sounds of the bar.
I couldn’t believe what I saw. For the first time in my life, for the first time ever, the Texas
Rangers where going to the World Series.
Even after the disappointing loss in the Fall Classic to the San Francisco Giants I had that
moment of bliss to hang onto.
Thank you Ron Washington.