With his team in the midst of its second consecutive September collapse, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted Tuesday he was concerned about his job security.
“Yes, I’m concerned about my job,” Washington said during his weekly appearance on ESPNDallas 103.3’s “Fitz and Durrett Show.” “Who wouldn’t be?”
Washington also said that he held separate meetings with the team’s pitchers and position players before departing for the Rays series. He said that he hoped his entire body of work since taking over in 2008 would be considered at the end of the season. But his uncertainty speaks to how dire the situation is for the Rangers. They are now 2-11 in September and they have not had a lead in any game during this seven-game losing streak.
On Monday, Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan defended Washington when he was asked about the manager’s job security on 103.3.
“Ron is not the guy out there standing on the mound or in the batter’s box or fielding a position,” Ryan told “Galloway & Company” on 103.3.
“I think Ron has done everything within his power to try to motivate his club, and I just think we have some people having sub-par years, and we’ve had some injuries, and we just, we brought a lot of young players into our organization that don’t have a lot of experience.
“I think it’s a combination of a lot of things. But it comes down to the guys on the field.”
When the Rangers took advantage of a soft schedule to surge in August, there was talk that Washington should be considered for AL Manager of the Year. But the team has quickly fallen out of the AL West race and is now clinging to a half-game lead over Cleveland for the second wild card spot.
Washington has had to deal with the loss of slugger Nelson Cruz to a suspension and a host of injuries among the pitching staff. And bringing in Lance Berkman to replace Josh Hamilton as the No. 3 hitter in the lineup backfired because of injuries. The Rangers have also seen David Murphy in a season-long slump, and other players have experienced a power outage in September. If the Rangers don’t hit a home run Tuesday against the Rays, it will tie the longest homerless game stretch (8) since 1990.
It’s enough to make even the most successful managers wonder about their longevity.