BREAKING: Ron Washington resigns as Rangers manager, citing an “off-the-field personal matter”

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The Rangers have had an awful season, but we weren’t expecting this: Ron Washington has resigned as the team’s manager. Tim Bogar has been named interim manager.

Washington cited an “off-the-field personal matter” as the reason for his resignation. He said in a statement that the matter is “in no way related to the disappointing performance of the team this season.” The entire statement from Washington can be read below. The Rangers will hold a press conference at 3:30PM Central time.

The Rangers are 53-87 this season after a string of major injuries to major starts. Overall, however, Washington is 664-611 since taking the helm before the 2007 season. He has led the Rangers to two American League pennants and came within a strike of winning the 2011 World Series. The Rangers have won the AL West twice during his tenure and finished second four other times, making the playoffs three times in all.

In early 2010, it was revealed that Washington tested positive for cocaine in the first half of the 2009 season. There is no suggestion that the current personal matter is related to that in any way. We’ll just have to wait and see what has motivated his sudden resignation.

Here is the entire statement from Washington:

“Today, I have submitted my resignation from the job I love – managing the Rangers – in order to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter.   As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what’s best for me and my family.

“This is in no way related to the disappointing performance of the team this season. We were already discussing 2015 and looking forward to getting the Rangers back to postseason contention.

“I deeply regret that I’ve let down the Rangers organization and our great fans. Over the past eight seasons, it’s been a privilege to be part of some of the best years in club history and I will always be grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here, and for the great management, players, and coaches who have made our time here a success. Thank you for respecting my privacy.”

 

UPDATE: The Rangers have not said the reason for Washington’s resignation, but Jon Daniels just said that it was not drug-related.

Jake Arrieta was not a fan of Bryce Harper’s behavior last night

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As we noted, Bryce Harper was ejected in the Phillies-Mets game for arguing balls and strikes, punctuating the ejection with a fairly aggressive argument in which he sorta shoved his manager into the ump, had to be held back by teammates and may very well have earned himself a suspension.

We’ll see about the suspension part, but even if he didn’t anger Rob Manfred over all of that, he did annoy his teammate, Jake Arrieta, who was on the mound last night. Here were Arrieta’s comments after the game:

“Look, I mean, [Harper’s] got to understand we need him in right field,” Arrieta said. “I don’t care how bad the umpire is. He wasn’t great for either side. I’m out there trying to make pitches, and he misses some calls. So what? We need him out there. I need him in right field, I need him at the plate, and he wasn’t there. So that hurts.

“We were flat from start to finish. Two-hour delay, it doesn’t matter. We have to be ready to play. We weren’t, and it showed. The dugout was flat. The defense wasn’t good. Didn’t throw the ball well as a staff overall. We got beat. We started at 8:45. I don’t think our guys were ready to play. We’ve got to come out tomorrow ready to play.”

For Harper’s part he was contrite after the game, echoing Arrieta’s words about needing to keep a level head and about him being more useful in the game than in the clubhouse. Still, he got told by his teammate. And seems to know he got told.