Rangers give manager Washington extension

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said the longer he’s around the game of baseball, the better he gets.

That’s a good thing for fans of the team, as he signed an extension with the club Monday through the 2014 season. Washington is entering his sixth year as manager, having improved his win total every year and taking his team to back-to-back trips to the World Series.

Washington has the sixth-longest tenure of active managers with their current club. He’s also been the manager for 18 of the Rangers’ 19 postseason victories.

He’s been the perfect fit with the club since becoming the team’s 17th manager before the 2007 season and general manager Jon Daniels expects that to continue.

“It’s what you see is what you get,” Daniels said. “He’s honest with them (the players). All baseball, all the time. No pretense. No BS. It’s all about winning. He cares about people. He’s not going to sugar-coat things. He’s going to look out for you.”

All those traits have been on display since Washington, 59, took over the club. Only two managers (Bobby Valentine, Johnny Oates) have more wins with the club than Washington’s 427 and if the team’s recent run of success continues, the record for wins (581) should fall sometime in 2013.

“It’s a job I’ve enjoyed since the first day I arrived in the Dallas area,” said Washington, who was entering the final year of his contract. “I’m so happy I’m able to continue to nurture the talent that Jon and the scouting department have given me. I want to thank all the players for their efforts for the way they go about their business.”

When he came to the Rangers after 10 years as the third-base coach for Oakland, Washington said he had a lot to learn. He said that’s still the case. He said he’s open-minded enough to know that he’s not always right and that everything is a learning experience.

He’s also smart enough to stay out of the prediction business.

When he came to Texas in 2007, the club won 75 games. That win total has increased every year, with the 2011 team setting a club record. He’s not predicting a total for 2012.

“I don’t think you go into it trying to improve on record of wins,” said Washington, who finished second in American League manager of the year voting in 2011 and third in 2012. “A lot of things go into that. What we’re going to improve on is the fundamental part of the game.”