Why Ron Washington Deserves a Contract Extension

Published: Jan 22, 2014 13:05pm EST
By shaunmerritt, Entertainment/Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 22, 2014 @ 02:33pm EST

 

I was calling for Ron Washington’s head after last season and now I am saying he should  keep his job and have his contract extended.Why? It’s simple. Unlike every other team in the DFW area, he has his team heading in the right direction.

If we look at the Texas Rangers history before Ron Washington was hired as manager, it does not look good. To say this team was mediocre at best is putting it politely. Since 1972, they had won one playoff game. In their more than forty years of playing baseball, they haven been to the postseason only three times. 1999 was the first year the team made the playoffs actually, so the team did not have a “winning” history before Ron became manager, despite the success they have in the late 90s. Even since then, the team struggled to do better than finish in third place in the AL West for 7 seasons. Something had to be done so they hired a very popular third base coach named Ron Washington.

In Ron’s first year as manager, they still finished fourth. It took two full seasons after that for him to get the team in wining shape and in the next five years that followed; they finished no worse than second in the AL West, made the playoffs three out of those five years winning no less than 87 games in the process. Oh, and they went to the World Series twice too. Not bad at all.

Ron’s tenure with the team has not been without some drama of course. There was the failed drug test and he has had some player issues with his loyalty to Michael Yong and handling of Josh Hamilton coming to mind, but despite all of that, the team is still winning. Despite what many others think about what the Cowboys, Mavericks, and Stars are doing, this team is actually competing. They have a bright future and the players love Ron and his managing style. Now that Jon Daniels is in sole charge of the front office, it is time that the team on the field is taken care of too.

What separates him from the likes of Jason Garrett is that he does not have to deal with an eccentric owner and lets his team’s hard work and success speak for itself. He is not selling us on a “process” and is willing to accept his role in the teams failures. He owns up to his shortcomings and makes no excuses for how his team performs. He is their manager. Simply put, he is the best man for the job.

I would be willing to bet that the Rangers will be the next team in North Texas to win a championship. With the additions that the team has made this year, it’s hard not to get excited. Prince Fielder is going to own that right field home run porch! So it’s time to lock down Ron for at least another 4 or 5 years and start getting ready for the 2014 season. This team is built for not only immediate success, but for long term success as well. They need a manager who will keep them focused and ready to play, and that man is Ron Washington.

 


 

Comments (3)



  • shaunmerritt   Jan 24, 2014 @ 09:08PM
    I don't know how much of that was Nolan. I think it was JD and that's when the real internal battle started between him and Ryan. Ryan wanted his guys in the front office and once JD starting letting them go, Ryan had enough. I bet Wash will get a 3 or 4 year deal with team options. -

  • Michael Owen   Jan 24, 2014 @ 11:40AM
    Giid Good to see that you've come around on this Shaun. Your points sound very familiar. He'll get a new one before spring training. Probably 3 years with an option.

    And Lance, Nolan had a lot to do with him being here also. It was his call to keep him after the drug issue. -

  • Lance Rinker   Jan 22, 2014 @ 02:35PM
    I agree. I think Wash definitely deserves to stick around long-term. Maybe not a four or five year extension, but I think at least three is more than warranted. This franchise was pretty much directionless before he took over.

    Obviously, a great deal of credit must also be given to JD but the two seem to work really well together. -

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