Rangers want to keep Ron Washington
SEATTLE -- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and president Nolan Ryan said Thursday that the team wants Ron Washington to remain as manager after this season.
Daniels said the club has told Washington as much, but they don't want to distract from the 2010 campaign and will talk about an extension after the season is over.
"I'm really pleased with the job he's done," Daniels told ESPNDallas.com. "I don't think he gets enough credit for the way we've played. I think we're all in agreement that he's the guy we want managing this team in 2011 and beyond."
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Ryan echoed those sentiments at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, where he held a news conference after he and partner Chuck Greenberg had the winning bid at an eventful auction on Wednesday to buy the Rangers.
"That's awesome because I want to be here," Washington said before the Rangers' 6-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. "I certainly want to be a part of what's happening here in Texas for a long time and I'm glad Nolan and Chuck Greenberg and Jon Daniels feel that way about me. I never doubted their feelings for me."
There was no extension last year despite 87 wins and a second-place finish in the AL West. But Ryan stuck by Washington last summer after the manager admitted to using cocaine once, a revelation that became public during spring training.
The decision to keep Washington has paid off, with the Rangers taking an 8½ game division lead into Friday's games and on the brink of their first playoff appearance since 1999.
Third baseman Michael Young, a team leader who has been around for Washington's entire tenure (now in its fourth season), says the manager certainly deserves an extension.
"Wash is having a fantastic season," Young said. "I don't think managers get credit for having good years. Players are having good years and our manager is having a good year as well. It's been really rewarding for me to see Wash where he's at right now. It's my fourth year playing for him and he's gotten better every year in every aspect of managing, and it's been a lot of fun to be a part of that."
Reliever Darren O'Day points out that the club has seen improvement in each of Washington's seasons. They were 75-87 in Washington's first season, 2007, and then went 79-83 in 2008 and 87-75 in 2009.
"You can't say enough about him," O'Day said. "He gets us motivated to play. That's what a manager does, and he does a good job of it. He's made a lot of great baseball moves this year and keeping us on top of our games. He's done a great job."
The Associated Press contributed information to this report.