(SURPRISE, Ariz.) — The Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year extension with manager Ron Washington on Monday, keeping the skipper in Arlington through the 2015 season.
“This was a foregone conclusion, certainly in my mind and in the Rangers’ mind going forward,” said Rangers General Manager and President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels. “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.”
Washington has led the franchise to back-to-back trips to the World Series in 2010 and 2011, which also included two American League West Division titles. The 61-year-old has won more games, 611, than any other manager in Rangers history.
Washington joined Texas in 2006 after a near decade as the third-base coach in Oakland. Entering his eighth season, Washington is the fourth-longest tenured skipper among active managers.
“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,” said Washington. “It was never an issue for me. My focus was where it was supposed to be, on the field and in the clubhouse, and trying to do the best job we can.”
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN