As to the specifics, we will likely never know but if Ron Washington had to do over again, he would still leave the Texas Rangers. In his mind, he simply had to go.
The former Rangers manager, who was recently hired by the Oakland A’s as an instructor, appeared on The Shan and RJ Show on Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan; it was his first extended media appearance in North Texas since he abruptly resigned from the team on Sept. 5, 2014.
Wash’ resigned that day for reasons that stemmed from being unfaithful to his wife, which he admitted to in a press statement two weeks later. Rangers management all expressed publicly, and privately, they wanted him to stay. He had one year remaining on his contract.
I asked Wash’ if he had to do over again, would he leave.
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“Yes. That was something personally that I had to do for me and my family,” he said.
I asked him if, in hindsight, the decision was made out of panic. He said no, and “That’s the decision.”
Needless to say, when it came to his departure from the Rangers he was not long winded. He said he has moved on, but the tenor of the interview sounded like a guy who may be a bit sad about the way his time in Texas ended. He said his focus is on Oakland, and not necessarily trying to land another managerial position.
“I miss everything about Texas,” he told Shan. “I miss the hospitality. I miss the fans. I miss the players. I miss the front office. I miss everyone. But I’m onto a new chapter in my life and I’m moving on. ...
“Right now my focus is right where it is, and that’s where it should be. My whole focus is just trying to be the best guy of giving information of the infield that I possibly can be. We’ll see what the future holds, but right now my future is today.”
I asked him if the widely-painted perception that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels tried to manage the team, and in a sense, Washington, was true.
“No, never,” Wash’ said. “Jon Daniels is a great guy to work for. Very supportive. Nothing like that ever happened. It was a personal thing I had to deal with it and I did it (resigning).”
Washington, 63, said he is in a good place spiritually and personally.
Wash’ was hired by Daniels in 2007, and led the Rangers to a record of 664-611 in nearly eight full seasons. He led them to consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011. Washington set the franchise record for wins by a manager.
Just before the interview concluded, Shan asked Wash’ if he had anything to say to the Rangers fan.
“I love ‘em all. I love ‘em all,” he said. “And that will not change.”
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