Here’s a roundup of news on and reactions to Ron Washington’s resignation as manager of the Rangers earlier today:
- Washington’s departure is the latest setback for a team that’s suffered an amazing number of them this season, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman writes. Heyman notes that although Washington failed a cocaine test in 2009, his departure for personal reasons has nothing to do with drugs. The reasons for his departure are unclear.
- Washington says he will return to baseball, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. “I’ll be back!” Washington writes in a text message. “Need some time!”
- Rangers GM Jon Daniels says the team wanted Washington to return in 2015, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest writes. Washington’s decision also took Rangers players by surprise. “To hear he’s no longer with us it crushed me,” says Derek Holland. “It was kind of quick. I wish he had more time with us, especially myself. I would have loved to have a moment at least to say goodbye to him.”
- Bench coach (and now interim manager) Tim Bogar and former first base coach Dave Anderson could be candidates to replace Washington on a permanent basis, MLB.com’s Tracy Ringolsby tweets. Anderson is now a minor league infield instructor with the Orioles after the Rangers declined to renew his contract following the 2013 season.
- The Rangers have not decided whether to begin a managerial search immediately or to do so in the offseason, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweets.