Ron Washington with the Texas Rangers resigned earlier this month after spending almost eight years as the team’s manager. At that time, neither Washington or a spokesperson for the Rangers provided a reason for the unexpected resignation other than to say it had nothing to do with his past drug use.
After keeping mum on the topic, Washington finally revealed to the media that he left the Rangers because of an affair he had on his wife of 42 years. During a three and a half minute statement, he admitted to making a big mistake and said he was embarrassed by his actions. Ultimately, he broke his wife’s trust and felt it was time to own up to what he had done.
Washington was signed on with the Kansas City Royals in 1970 and after 10 seasons in the minor leagues playing with the Royals, Dodgers, and Mets, he was finally called up to the big league, earning a spot with the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, he did not play for the major league again until in 1981, he was brought onto the Minnesota Twins’ team. He played with that franchise for five years, followed by short stints with the Orioles, Indians, and Astros.
Washington retired from playing baseball in 1990 while with the Triple-A Oklahoma City team. From there, he began coaching and during his time with the Oakland Athletics, was credited for developing much of the team’s young infield talent. Then in 2006, he accepted an offer of manager from the Texas Rangers where he remained until just recently.
Washington admitted this was a very low period in his life. While giving his statement, he was accompanied by his wife Gerry and attorney Jason Lewis with Greenberg Traurig LLP. At the conclusion, he and his wife quietly slipped through the ballroom back door of the hotel where the event occurred, walking arm-in-arm.
He also stated that when he makes mistakes, he does not run but instead, confronts them. He publically apologized to his wife, saying he had let her down. Washington had first notified Jon Daniels, General Manager of the Texas Rangers back on September 5 and then later that afternoon, met with his coaching staff, as well as the team.
In a statement released by Daniels, he made it clear to reporters that he had planned to bring Washington back onboard in 2015 because of his excellent managerial style but in light of the situation, he understood and respected Washington’s decision to resign.
Washington also commented that he looked forward to getting back in the game and moving forward with his career. During his eight years as manager for the Rangers, Washington had achieved a 664-661 record but also won the American League pennant in both 2010 and 2011. Unfortunately, the team was also plagued with multiple injuries, which worked to sink the Rangers in the AL West standings.