By Caleb Ryan-Davis
Shortly before 3:00 p.m. CDT, the Texas Rangers Organization announced that Ron Washington will be stepping down as the manager of the Texas Rangers to attend to personal matters.
Bench coach Tim Bogar has been appointed the interim manager for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Washington, who had spent eight seasons with the Rangers said in a statement on Friday that “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.”
In his eight seasons at the helm of the two-time American League Champion he led the Texas Rangers to a 664-611 record, including this year’s worst for the sport this season at 53-87.
Washington leaves the team 31.5 games back in the American League West, yet general manager Jon Daniels stated, “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.”
In addition to leading the team to its first two World Series trips, Washington is the franchise’s all-time leader in regular season wins and games managed.
Interim Coach Bogar and the rest of the Texas Rangers face off against the Seattle Mariners (76-63) at 7:05 p.m. today in Arlington.