Former Rangers manager Ron Washington to explain resignation

Ron Washington surprised the baseball world with his resignation earlier this month.

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Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington will explain his recent resignation at a news conference Thursday.

Washington unexpectedly stepped down –€“ without much explanation –€“ on September 5. He released the following statement at the time:

“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.”

The Rangers have been hit hard by injuries this season and are in last place of the AL West with an MLB-worst 59-92 record.

During his eight-season tenure with the Rangers, Washington was 670-616. He led the team to back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.