When Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington abruptly resigned earlier this month, it certainly created a wide arrange of Baseball related gossip as to why he left his post. Washington, who has had a history of cocaine use, certainly left the door open for a relapse into drug use.
Turns out, we were not even close on that one. Washington stated his reason for stepping down was due to being unfaithful to his wife, to whom he’s been married to for longer than many of us have been alive, at a robust 42 years.
Per CBS DFW:
“I made a mistake, and I am embarrassed. I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I am here today to own that mistake.”
Two things here. First, it seems odd that Washington would just up and quit for this. Lots of players and coaches cheat on their wives, it is something that is fairly common in Baseball, and in sports in general.
For Washington to first leave a pretty stable position in Texas, and then to hold a press conference basically spilling out personal information, seems like a smokescreen to me.
Also, it could be that Washington wanted out of Texas, and is planning to try and come back into the Majors with another franchise. The Rangers are facing at least a one or two year rebuild, and there were rumors that Washington and General Manager Josh Daniels were arguing over the usage and potential return of staff ace Yu Darvish.
Either way, I’m just waiting for Michael Young to take his rightful place in the dugout next year.