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Ron Washington #38

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Full Name:
Ron Washington
Uniform #:
38

TEXAS
Named the 17th full-time manager in organization history on Nov. 6, 2006, and is in his seventh season at the helm...has guided Texas to the postseason in a club-record three consecutive years, matching the number of playoff appearances for the first 49 years in Washington/Texas franchise history (1961-2009)...led the Rangers to back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011, joining Cito Gaston (Toronto, 1992-93) as the only minority managers in baseball history to accomplish the feat in consecutive years...in seven seasons as the club's manager, has compiled a 520-452 (.535) record, the highest winning pct. ever by a Rangers manager with a minimum two full seasons... ranks among the club's all-time managerial leaders in wins (2nd, 520) and games (3rd, 972), trailing only Bobby Valentine (581) in wins...tied for the sixth-longest tenure among active managers...the only managers to have longer tenures with their current clubs (team and first year) are Mike Scioscia (Angels, 2000), Ron Gardenhire (Twins, 2002), Charlie Manuel (Phillies, 2005), Jim Leyland (Tigers, 2006), and Joe Maddon (Rays, 2006)...when hired, had a two-year contract through 2008 with club options for 2009 and 2010...his 2009 club option was picked up on Aug. 30, 2007...his 2010 club option was picked up on June 8, 2009...agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2012 on November 4, 2010...agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2014 on January 30, 2012.

POSTSEASON
Is 18-16 in 34 postseason games as a manager, all with Texas in 2010-11-12...is the only manager in Washington/Texas franchise history (1961-2012) with a postseason series victory to his credit, and was at the helm for 18 of the 19 all-time playoff wins ever by the franchise...joins Bobby Cox (ATL, 1995- 96), Joe Torre (NYY, 1998-99-2000-01), and Charlie Manuel (PHI, 2008-09) as only managers in the Division Series era to advance their clubs to consecutive World Series (winning 2 series to get there)...in 2010, joined Mike Hargrove (1997 Indians) as only managers to defeat two A.L. East teams en route to a World Series appearance...Tribe beat Yankees (ALDS) and Orioles (ALCS) in that postseason...joins Rangers Hall of Famer Johnny Oates as the only managers ever to guide Texas to the postseason... has won 4 of his 6 postseason series (of multiple games) as skipper... was also on Oakland staff for 5 postseason appearances, going past the first round once (2006 ALCS).

IN IT TO WIN IT
Research indicates Washington was the first manager in major league history (1876-2012) to increase his team's win total in 4 straight years after his initial season with a club (continuous service to one club)...joined Phillies' Charlie Manuel as only major league managers to preside over increased win totals spanning four years from 2008-11, although Manuel's streak did not begin until his second year in Philly...Texas has finished in first or second for a club-record five straight seasons (2008-12).

AWARDS CIRCUIT Has placed in A.L. Manager of the Year voting for four consecutive seasons: 2009 (T4th), 2010 (2nd), 2011 (3rd), and 2012 (6th)...received 2011 C.I. Taylor A.L. Manager of the Year Award from Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City...was named 2010 Manager of the Year by the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America... voted 2008 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award by DFW BBWAA Chapter.

ALL-STAR GAME: Was manager of the 2011 and 2012 American League All-Star team for losses in Phoenix and Kansas City... in the 2011 Midsummer Classic, became the first Rangers manager ever to serve in that role...also served as a coach for the A.L. All-Stars in 2007 under manager Jim Leyland.

2012: Club made postseason for a third straight year, joining the Yankees as the only MLB teams in the postseason each year from 2010-12...finished in one of A.L. West's top 2 spots for a 5th straight year...his team posted 93 wins, 4th-most in Rangers history...first A.L. team to the 50-, 80-, and 90-win marks...had majors' best record for 12 days overall after June 1, first time club had ever had sole possession of best mark in majors after that date...Texas was never below .500 at any point for just 4th season in club history (others 1989, 1996, 2011)...passed Johnny Oates for second place on club's all-time managerial wins list with victory no. 507 on Sept. 3 at Kansas City...ejected once. 2011: Led Rangers to second straight World Series appearance, securing second straight A.L. pennant...won second consecutive A.L. West title by franchise-record 10.0 games, 5th in club history... team won franchise-record 96 games, as 168 days in first place were 3rd-most in club history...team was 45-25 (.643) after the break, 2nd-best post-break mark in team history (.667, 48-24 in 1977)...Texas was never below .500 at any point for just 3rd season in club history (also 1989 and 1996)...ejected twice...2010: Led Rangers to first World Series in franchise history (see above)...team posted the fourth 90-win season in club history, winning division by largest margin ever for Rangers...finished 2nd in A.L. Manager of the Year voting behind Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire with 81 points, receiving 10 of 28 first-place votes...was named on 25 of 28 ballots...Gardenhire had 108 points and 16 first-place votes...never trailed by more than 1.0 game after the end of April...team's 154 days in first place were 3rd-most in club history...passed Buck Showalter for third place on club's all-time managerial wins list with victory no. 320 on Sept. 11 vs. New York-AL...played in Twins alumni game prior to contest on Sept. 4 at Target Field, posting 2 hits and a strained left hamstring...was ejected 4 times for the season...2009: Finished T4th in A.L. Manager of the Year voting and appeared on 3rd-most ballots after leading club to 4th-best record in the A.L. at 87-75...team was as high as 19 games over .500 on 2 occasions and was not eliminated from playoff contention until the final week...spent 65 days in first place...finished 2nd in both the A.L. West and A.L. Wild Card standings...was not ejected all year... 2008: Managed a club that overcame a 9-17 start to finish in 2nd place in the division...in a period of over 3 months from April 25-Aug. 5, the Rangers were the 3rd-best team in the major leagues, 15 games over .500 in that span at 53-38 (.582)...that span began with Texas winning 7 consecutive series to match the 2nd-longest series win streak in team history...was ejected 5 times for the year...2007: In his first season as a major league manager, led a club that posted the 5th-best record in the American League over the season's final 3 1/2 months beginning June 14, this despite several injuries...team had 45 come-from-behind wins...Rangers were one of only 8 major league teams to go .500 or better in each of final 4 months of the season...ejected once.

OAKLAND
Washington spent the last 11 seasons as a coach with the Oakland A's from 1996-2006...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 5 times, including an appearance in the ALCS in 2006...helped Oakland lead the American League in the fielding percentage in 2004 and 2005, and finished 2nd in 2006.

MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER
Washington's coaching career began in 1991 in the New York Mets organization at Triple-A Tidewater...spent 2 seasons there before taking over as manager of Capital City (Columbia, SC), the Mets' Class A club in the South Atlantic League... guided the Bombers to a 64-77 record in 1993 and a 59-76 mark in 1994...in 1995, he returned as coach for the Mets' AAA affiliate, which had moved to Norfolk.

PLAYING CAREER
Appeared in 564 career major league games and batted .261 (414-1586) with 20 home runs and 146 RBI...appeared in 531 career games in the field and recorded a .961 fielding percentage...saw action at shortstop (372 games), second base (111), third base (43), outfield (4) and first base (1)...spent all or parts of 10 seasons in the Majors with Los Angeles, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cleveland and Houston...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...established career highs in nearly every category with the Twins in 1982, batting .271 with 5 home runs, 122 hits, 48 runs, and 39 RBI...though he never had enough plate appearances to qualify for league leader status, batted a career best .294 (58-197) for the Twins in 1984...spent 6 seasons with Minnesota before joining Baltimore in 1987 and appearing in 26 games...finished his professional playing career with Triple- A Oklahoma City in the Rangers organization in 1990...in 1981, ranked 3rd in International League in total bases (245), triples (8) and hits (157), and was 10th in batting (.289)...topped the IL in doubles (31) and was 10th in batting (.287) in 1980...in first pro season with Sarasota in 1972, led Gulf Coast League in steals (13) and triples (tied-6)...named the league's All-Star catcher and led the league in fielding (.987).

COMMUNITY
Ron has been very active in the Metroplex community since being hired...received 2012 Apple Award by St. Philips School and Community Center in Dallas...last year was third year to participate in Communities in Schools Dallas Region Line Drive Luncheon...in his honor, CIS will sponsor the Rangers Foundation and just keep livin' CIS Campus Manager...has donated to Rangers Jr. RBI and RBI programs, participating in clinics for both groups' coaches...in commemoration of Jackie Robinson Day, joined Yankees manager Joe Girardi at a youth baseball and softball clinic for the Newark, NJ RBI program on April 15, 2011 in New York...received 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Special Achievement Award...received 2011 Focus Award for Commitment to Healthy Lifestyle by Near Southeast Community Dev. Corp...was honorary chair for New Orleans RBI Golf Tournament to raise funds for the local RBI program...is involved with MLB Urban Youth Academy in his native New Orleans, and attended facility's groundbreaking in August 2011...was inducted into Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame Dec. 11, 2010...has participated in many African-American initiatives during his tenure... selected winner of the 2008 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award by BBWAA Dallas-Fort Worth chapter...received the 2007 Trailblazer Award by the South Dallas Business and Professional Women's Club, Inc...has been honored with the Sam Lacy Pioneer Award by National Association of Black Journalists...has made numerous offseason appearances every year to promote the club.

PERSONAL
Ronald Washington...the native of New Orleans graduated from John McDonogh High School in 1970, where he played baseball and football...was honored at his high school on Feb. 3, 2009 in what was declared "Ronald Washington Day" in the City of New Orleans...attended Manatee Junior College in Bradenton, Fla...originally signed as a free agent catcher by Kansas City out of the Royals Baseball Academy...Ron and his wife, Gerry, were married on Sept. 16, 1972 and reside in New Orleans.

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