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Ron Washington- Manager Texas Rangers
Ron Washington was named the 17th full-time manager in team history on Nov. 6, 2006.
With his appointment, he became the ninth manager in Texas history and the first African-American to make the Rangers his first Major League managerial job.
Prior to leading the Rangers, Washington served as a coach with the Oakland A's for 11 years. He was the club's third base coach the last 10 seasons after spending one season as the team's first base coach. During his time in Oakland, the A's went to the American League Playoffs five times including an appearance in the American League Championship Series in 2006.
Washington helped Oakland lead the American League in fielding percentage in both 2004 and 2005, and finish second in 2006. Over the last five seasons the A's posted the third-best fielding percentage in the AL (.985). Washington has been credited for developing much of Oakland's young infield talent in the last decade, including six-time Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez, and former MVP and current Baltimore shortstop Miguel Tejada. In 2004, Chavez expressed his appreciation by giving Washington one of his Gold Glove trophies signed, "Not without you, Wash.
Beginning his coaching career in 1991 in the New York Mets organization, Washington spent two seasons at Triple-A Tidewater before taking over as manager of Capital City (Columbia, SC), the Mets' Class A club in the South Atlantic League. In 1993, he guided the Bombers to a 64-77 record and a 59-76 mark in 1994in 1995, he returned as a coach for the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, which had moved to Norfolk.
As a player, Washington appeared in 564 career Major League games, batting .261 with 20 home runs and 146 RBIs while earning a .961 career fielding percentage. He spent all or parts of 10 seasons in the majors with Los Angeles, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cleveland and Houston. He made his debut with the Dodgers in 1977 and, despite hitting .368 in 10 games, did not return to the majors until 1981 with Minnesota.
In his first full season in the majors, 1982, Washington batted .271 with a career-high five homers and 39 RBIs. Overall, he spent 6 seasons with the Twins, hitting a personal-best .294 for the Twins in 1984, before joining Baltimore in 1987 where he appeared in 26 games. Washington played in 69 games with Cleveland in 1988 and seven games for Houston in 1989 before finishing his professional playing career with Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Rangers organization in 1990.
During his Minor League career, Washington led the International League in at-bats (544), was 3rd in total bases (245), triples (8) and hits (157), and finished 10th in batting (.289) in 1981. He also topped the IL in doubles (31) and was 10th in batting (.287) in 1980. In his first professional season with Sarasota in 1972, he led the Gulf Coast League in steals (13) and was tied for first in triples (6) while also topping the circuit in fielding (.987). For his efforts Washington was named the league's All-Star catcher. For his career, he hit .278 in the Minor Leagues.
A native of New Orleans, Washington graduated from John McDonogh High School in 1970, where he played baseball and football. He attended Manatee Junior College in Bradenton, Fla. He was originally signed as a free agent catcher by Kansas City out of the Royals Baseball Academy. He and his wife Gerry still reside in New Orleans during the offseason.