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Ron Washington Biography
Ron Washington was born April 29, 1952, in New Orleans, Louisiana and is the manager of the American League's Texas Rangers. He is also a former infielder in Major League Baseball, and prior to managing the Rangers, Washington coached in the New York Mets and Oakland Athletics organizations.
Following his retirement as a player, Washington worked in the New York Mets organization for five years. After being hired as the A's first base coach in 1996 under his former Astros manager Art Howe, Washington then served as infield and third base coach for the last A's between 1997 and 2006. As infield coach Washington has been credited for developing much of the A's young infield talent in the last decade, including six-time Gold Glover Eric Chavez, and former MVP and A's shortstop Miguel Tejada. In 2004, Chavez expressed his appreciation by giving Washington one of his Gold Glove trophies, signed Wash, not without you. Washington plays a major role in the events of the book Moneyball, a book detailing how the A's have been successful despite a small budget. Washington is shown in a positive light for the way he trained Scott Hatteberg to field first base for the first time in his career. Washington is also, however, portrayed as too old-fashioned and traditional in his unacceptance of general manager Billy Beane's sabermetric strategies. As a manager, Ron Washington has been criticized for assigning pitchers with limited experience to the closing position.
On November 6, 2006, the Texas Rangers announced that Washington had accepted their offer to manage the team. Washington replaced Buck Showalter, who was fired a month earlier after failing to lead the team to a playoff appearance in four years. Washington beat out four other candidates for the job: Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu, then New York Mets third base coach Manny Acta, Nippon Ham Fighters manager Trey Hillman and former Rangers catcher John Russell. The A's also had a managerial vacancy after the firing of Ken Macha at the end of the season, but it is suspected that Washington's independence eliminated him from consideration by Beane.
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