Like it or not we live in an era where the managers get the blame for a downer season. That looks to be the case for the Texas Rangers’ Ron Washington as rumors are suggesting he will be gone after this season is over. Of course we still don’t know when the season will end for the Rangers because their rout of the Houston Astros brought them back to within one game of the second wildcard spot. How exactly is a man like this on the managerial chopping block?
Since taking over as manager of the Rangers in 2007, Washington has led this team to a first or second place finish from 2008 to the present with two American League West pennants along the way. Once again this year the Rangers are in the mix of the playoff race and yet he is still thought to be on the way out. You know what? Go ahead and let him go. I guarantee you this guy will have a job within a week of being jobless or at least one offer.
Why we cannot just blame the players for failing to follow through is beyond me. The Atlanta Braves have come close but not won their division since 2005 and yet the legendary Bobby Cox wasn’t fired and neither was Fredi Gonzalez let go. Why then should Washington be to blame for one bad month or so that cost the Rangers the division title? If they get the wildcard playoff spot and play deep into the postseason, will it still be his bad that they didn’t win the division? Come on people, sometime the ultra-millionaires have to be responsible for something.