Ron Washington Passes Valentine


Tonight when the Texas Rangers take on the Twins in Minnesota, Ron Washington will have managed the most games in Texas Rangers franchise history at 1,187. He will surpass Bobby Valentine, whom he tied in in yesterday’s contest.

When Ron Washington began as the Texas Rangers manager in 2007, I was not sure how long he would last, but after four straight 90 win season which included back to back World Series appearances, I think Ron is well deserving of being the longest tenured manager in Texas Rangers history.

His critics are always saying how he is not always the best in-game manager, and he makes bad pitching decisions, and he sticks with his struggling players for too long, but he just ignores all of that and manages baseball the way he see’s fit. On being the longest tenured manager in Texas Rangers history?

"“I’m just trying to win a ballgame against the Twins today. It just means I have good players who have given me the opportunity to be a manager for a long time. Your players make you who you are.”"

May 26, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington talks with home plate umpire Mike DiMuro about a review for a play with the Minnesota Twins in the 1st inning at Target Field. The Rangers won the appeal and the player was called out. The Rangers win 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Ron Washington has never like taking advice from the media on how to manage his team, even getting a little snippy about it during spring training earlier this season. I can’t blame him either. The Texas Rangers continue winning and people continue to criticize his managerial style.

Will Ron Washington ever lead the Texas Rangers to a World Series title? That none of us can know, but what we do know is that he is not going anywhere anytime soon. Love him or hate him, he is going to be around for all of this season and probably beyond. The injuries have seen to that. Congratulations to Wash on managing the most games in Texas Rangers history!