Texas Rangers extend Ron Washington through 2015
Unmistakable for his ever-present smile, youthful exuberance, and mythical hairline, Ron Washington is one of a kind. Apparently his employer, the Texas Rangers feel the same way — extending the contract of the 61-year old through 2015.
“This was a foregone conclusion, certainly in my mind and in the Rangers’ mind going forward, that this is the guy that has been our leader through a lot of tremendous times, our field leader, and it’s been a partnership from day one,” Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said. “I expect that to continue for a long time to come.”
Captain of the most successful stretch of Rangers baseball in team history, Washington has lead Texas to four straight seasons of 90+ wins and his 611 total are a franchise best. Under his reign, Texas have claimed two American League pennants, two division championships, and came unbearably close to winning their first World Championship in 2011.
The New Orleans native was outspoken of the front office’s support after he tested positive for cocaine use in 2009, and has remained committed to the organization despite late-season heartbreak and criticism regarding his managing style.
“I’m very appreciative for the support that the Texas Rangers have given me since I’ve been here,” Washington said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was just go out there and try to be the best I can for the organization and for my players.”
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