Despite his team's late-season letdowns the past two seasons, Ron Washington will return as manager of the Texas Rangers next season. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said on Tuesday that manager Ron Washington will return to the team next season. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweeted that he spoke with Daniels on Tuesday and that Daniels said that Washington will be back in Texas "not a question."
The news on Tuesday may come as somewhat of a surprise given Washington's recent comments about his job security and the team's subsequent season-ending loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night; Washington said in September that he would be "concerned about [his] job" if the team were to miss the playoffs.
The 61-year-old has led the Rangers to two pennants during his seven seasons as manager but his team has faded late in the season in the past two years. Last year, the team gave up a six-game division lead with nine games remaining, losing the American League West on the final day of the season to the Oakland Athletics, a team he had previously coached for 10 years beginning in the mid 90s. This season, Washington and the Rangers finished 5.5 games behind the A's for second in the AL West.