Levine withdraws from Arizona

Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine has withdrawn from consideration for the Arizona GM job. Levine spoke with Tony LaRussa, the D-backs executive conducting the search

Baker Scratched For Saturday Bonilla To Start

Scott Baker will not start Saturday’s game against the Braves, he has tricepts tendinitis. RHP Lisalverto Bonilla will be the starting pitcher.

More on the website later.

Jones to receive Bronze Star for his Military service before tonight’s game

Rangers bench coach Bobby Jones will receive the Bronze Star before Thursday’s game with the Angels. Here are the details.

Arlington, TX—Texas Rangers bench coach Bobby Jones will receive a very special honor as part of tonight’s Patriot Day pre-game ceremonies at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers and Los Angeles Angels play the final game of their three-game series at 7:05 p.m.
Jones, who is in his 40th season as a player, minor league manager and coach in the Rangers organization, is a United States Army Veteran who served 14 months in Vietnam – from December 1969 to February 1971.
Then Corporal Jones was section chief in a 105 millimeter howitzer battery, providing fire support for American infantrymen.
Upon his return from Vietnam, Corporal Jones was handed the Bronze Star —a practice common at the time.  He never had the medal officially presented to him in a formal ceremony from a senior military officer, as is customary.
Tonight, Army Corporal Robert Oliver Jones, will officially be presented the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement while engaged in conflict with an opposing foreign force. Col. R.J. Muraski, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division, headquartered in Dallas, will officially present the Bronze Star Medal with accompanying citation to Corporal Jones.
In addition, the Sheppard Air Force Base Honor Guard will present the colors and United States Airmen, joined by members of the Arlington Fire and Police Departments, will unfurl a large American flag in the outfield. The 531st United States Air Force Quintet will perform the National Anthem, which will be preceded by a Moment of Silence. The first 15,000 fans entering Globe Life Park this evening will receive a Fanatics Fan’s Choice Camo T-Shirt.

Levine is D-backs candidate

Steve Gilbert of MLB.Com and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports are reporting that Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine is a candidate for the GM job in Arizona. He is one of ten candidates. Former Rangers farm director Tim Purpura is also a candidate

Rangers update: Beltre, Andrus, Chirinos

Shortstop Elvis Andrus was given another day off on Tuesday. But manager Tim Bogar said Andrus will be in the lineup either at DH or shortstop for most of the rest of the season. Guilder Rodriguez was at second base in his Major League debut and Luis Sardinas was at shortstop.

Robinson Chirinos had an MRI on his sore neck on Monday. The results were clean and he is hoping to be back in the lineup in the next day or two.

Outfieldfer Engel Beltre, who missed all season with a broken bone in his right leg, has developed a stress fracture in his left leg. he will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

Miles Mikolas, sidelined with right shoulder fatigue, is playing catch but still not off a mound. He is hoping to get there later this week.

The Rangers have brought in Double A pitching gems Jerad Eickhoff, Alec Asher, Alex Gonzalez and Luke Jackson into Arlington this week to observe and work out.

Outfielder Jim Adduci is still recovering from a concussion and is not ready to play.

Jake Smolinski is starting to take batting practice but can only jog. He remains sidelined with a fractured bone in his left foot.

 

Ron Washington…a Tribute….Photos by Kelly Gavin

Ron Washington

Ron Washington

With Tim Bogar in Spring Training

With Tim Bogar in Spring Training

 

Washington with his close friend Gary Pettis

Washington with his close friend Gary Pettis

 

Manager Ron Washington poses with Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan, GM Jon Daniels, owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.  Washington was honored for becoming the winningest manager in franchise history on August 13, 2013, surpassing Bobby Valentine's record of 581 victories.

Manager Ron Washington poses with Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan, GM Jon Daniels, owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Washington was honored for becoming the winningest manager in franchise history on August 13, 2013, surpassing Bobby Valentine’s record of 581 victories.

The man never stopped working or teaching

The man never stopped working or teaching

So many great victories in eight years

So many great victories in eight years

Rangers Manager Ron Washington has words with umpire Paul Schrieber at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 16, 2013

Rangers Manager Ron Washington has words with umpire Paul Schrieber at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 16, 2013

Twilight of an incredible time in Arlington

Twilight of an incredible time in Arlington

Ron Washington resigns

Ron Washington has resigned as manager to take care of personal problem. Tim Bogar is interim manager. The Rangers have announced a 3:30 press conference.

STATEMENT FROM WASHINGTON

Ron Washington issued the following statement regarding his resignation today as manager of the Texas Rangers: 

 
“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.”

 

Here is the press release

 

The Texas Rangers today announced that Ron Washington has resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers, effective immediately.

 
Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels issued the following statement:
 
“Ron Washington informed us today that he has chosen to resign as Rangers manager in order to turn his full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter. Out of respect for Ron’s privacy, the Rangers will leave any comment on the details to him.
 
“While we are disappointed, we accept Ron’s decision and are grateful for his many contributions to the Rangers organization over the last eight years. This has certainly been a difficult season for our major league club in terms of on-field performance, but we were looking forward to moving ahead with Ron as our manager in 2015.
 
“Ron has guided the Rangers franchise to more victories than any manager in club history, including four straight 90-win seasons, three playoff appearances, and back-to-back American League championships. He has left his mark as a teacher, motivator, and leader on this organization. We wish Ron the best as he deals with this matter.”
 
Bench coach Tim Bogar has been appointed interim manager for the remainder of the 2014 season. Bogar, who has spent the last 11 seasons as a major league coach and minor league manager, is in his first season on the Texas staff.
 
Washington was appointed as the Texas Rangers 17th full-time manager on November 6, 2006. His record at the helm is 664-611, and he is the franchise’s all-time leader in regular season wins and games managed (1275). He has also compiled an 18-16 record over post-season appearances in 2010 (A.L. Champs), 2011 (A.L. Champs), and 2012 (A.L. Wild Card).
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