Ron Washington Quits Texas Rangers

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 ARLINGTON, TX — In a surprise announcement, Ron Washington has resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers — effective immediately Friday.

Texas Rangers v Chicago White SoxWashington issued the following emotional statement:

“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.”

Rangers President and General Manager Jon Daniels said, “While we are disappointed, we accept Ron’s decision and are grateful for his many contributions to the Rangers organization over the last eight years.”

Bench coach Tim Bogar has been appointed interim manager for the remainder of the 2014 season.