Ron Washington says he resigned because he cheated on his wife

Ron WashingtonRon Washington stepped down as manager of the Texas Rangers earlier this month, citing an “off-the-field personal matter” as the reason for his resignation. On Thursday, Washington revealed to the media that he cheated on his wife.

“I was not true to my wife, after 42 years,” Washington said, via Hardball Talk. “I made a mistake, and I’m embarrassed — more than I’ve ever been in my life. When you put yourself in situations, you own it.”

Washington went on to apologize to his wife, his players, his coaches, Major League Baseball, the Texas Rangers and anyone else he has “disappointed.”

“All I ask is for your forgiveness and your understanding,” he added. “We’re trying to put it behind us. Today I’m at a very low time in my life.”

A previous report claimed Washington was leaving the Rangers because he was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault. While he did not address any legal matters or answer questions on Thursday, it’s possible that alleged investigation is related to his infidelity.

Washington also tested positive for cocaine in 2009. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels announced that Washington’s resignation had nothing to do with drugs the day the 62-year-old stepped down.

Report: Ron Washington investigated for alleged sexual assault

Ron WashingtonFormer Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault, according to a report.

Jamie Kelly of The Scoop Sports says Washington’s alleged sexual assault of a reporter is the reason the manager stepped down last week.

Dallas sports radio host Ben Rogers of “The Ben & Skin Show” on 105.3 The Fan says he heard the same.

Washington announced his sudden resignation last Friday in the middle of his eighth season as the team’s manager, citing an “off-the-field personal matter.” GM Jon Daniels said Washington’s resignation was not drug-related.

We’ve contacted the Rangers seeking comment on the report.

Ron Washington resigning not related to drugs, says Jon Daniels

Ron Washington smokingRon Washington resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers on Friday, which came as a surprise to most.

Prior to this season, the Rangers had five consecutive winning seasons under Wash including back-to-back trips to the World Series and three straight playoff appearances. Texas suffered numerous injuries to key players and is 53-87 this season. Washington said in his resignation statement that stepping down did not have anything to do with the poor season.

Upon hearing that Washington resigned for personal reasons, many speculated that the manager could be dealing a drug problem; Washington tested positive for cocaine in 2009. GM Jon Daniels was asked in a press conference Friday if that was the case and said it wasn’t.

“Ron’s given us the permission to acknowledge that this was not drug related,” said Daniels.

If drugs and the poor season are not the reasons for the resignation, then why did Washington step down?

Daniels said their relationship changed over time, and that’s about the only explanation we’re receiving.

Washington has been the team’s manager since 2007. Maybe after that long a manager can no longer get through to his players the same way. Or maybe after that long the manager and front office are no longer on the same page.

Hopefully we’ll have some clarity on the matter. It was just two weeks ago that team exec Thad Levine was praising Washington for his work in helping Josh Hamilton blossom with the Rangers, so obviously he felt pretty highly about the manager in some regards.

Ron Washington resigns citing ‘off-the-field personal matter’

Ron WashingtonRon Washington resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers on Friday, citing an “off-the-field personal matter” as the reason he has chosen to leave the team. The 62-year-old said in a statement that his decision had nothing to do with the Rangers’ poor performance this season.

“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,” Washington said, via MLB.com’s TR Sullivan. “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.”

Washington has managed the Rangers since 2007. He became the first manager in franchise history to win a playoff series back in 2010 and later took the team to its first World Series. The Rangers lost that year and returned to the World Series again in 2011, once again coming up short.

“I deeply regret that I’ve let down the Rangers organization and our great fans,” Washington continued. “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.”

Washington was firmly on the hot seat this season. The Rangers are 53-87 and have been a major disappointment. Tim Bogar will serve as interim manager for the remainder of the season.

Ron Washington seems irritated with the whole Russell Wilson thing

Ron-WashingtonRussell Wilson will be joining the Texas Rangers for their Cactus League game on Monday, but the Seattle Seahawks quarterback will not be stepping to the plate. On Wednesday, a seemingly annoyed Ron Washington answered a series of questions from reporters about whether or not Wilson will be allowed to hit in the game.

“How’s he gonna get an at-bat? The guy hasn’t had any work at all,” Washington said. “No way … The guy hasn’t seen a pitch. He hasn’t seen anything. I’m not running him up there.”

A reporter then asked if it is a matter of not wanting to take an at-bat away from a legitimate contender who could actually make the team.

“That is correct because that’s a fact,” Washington replied with a smirk.

Washington has always been a no-nonsense kind of guy, and it would be tough to describe Wilson’s scheduled appearance on Monday as anymore than nonsense. The Rangers control Wilson’s rights after taking him in the Rule 5 draft in December, but the 25-year-old just won a Super Bowl. His future revolves around the NFL and only the NFL.

“Our intention is to bring him in and try to see if there’s anything he can say that may help anyone around here that has a baseball uniform,” Washington concluded. “This guy’s a winner. He has tremendous character. He has attitude and undoubtedly a lot of commitment to what he does. That’s what we’re about.”

And yes, we know how much Washington loves to bunt. That doesn’t mean he’s going to put Wilson in the way of a 90-mph fastball just to drop one down. Reporters know this is nothing but a PR stunt. It must be exhausting for Washington to listen to them act like it’s anything more.

Video via The Big Lead

Ron Washington goes off on bunting critics

ron-washingtonRon Washington is one of the few managers left in the league who appreciates the value of a good sacrifice bunt. The more time that passes, the more statisticians have come to believe that giving up a free out is rarely a good decision. The Texas Rangers manager went off on Sunday when asked what he would say to those analytical geeks.

“I think if they try to do that, they’re going to be telling me how to [expletive] manage,” Washington said, via Gil Lebreton of The Star-Telegram. “That’s the way I answer that [expletive] question. They can take the analytics on that and shove it up their [expletive].”

Eaaaaasy Ron — have a cigarette and relax. Washington has clearly heard enough of the anti-bunting arguments, and it was almost as if he was waiting for someone to ask a question about it so he could snap.

“Mike Scioscia dropped 56 sacrifice bunts on his club, the most in the league, and he’s a genius,” he barked. “But Ron Washington dropped 53 and he’s bunting too much? You can take that analytics and shove it.

“I do it when I feel it’s necessary, not when the analytics feel it’s necessary, not when you guys feel it’s necessary, and not when somebody else feels it’s necessary. It’s when Ron Washington feels it’s necessary. Bottom line.”

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus dropped down 13 sacrifice bunts last season, which was the most in the MLB among position players. The way Washington made it seem, he is not simply committed to bunting. He feels that his players are not effective enough with situational hitting, which makes it a safer play to bunt in certain situations.

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Ron Washington caught smoking a cigarette in Rangers dugout (Video)

Ron-Washington-smokingThere are a number of designated smoking areas around the Ballpark in Arlington where smokers can go if they need a fix. To our knowledge, the Texas Rangers dugout is not one of them.

That didn’t stop Rangers manager Ron Washington. During the 9th inning of his team’s 11-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday night, Washington was caught by television cameras taking a puff of what appeared to be a cigarette. There’s always an outside chance it could have been one of those fake vapor cigarettes smokers use to help them overcome addiction, but I highly doubt it.

Getting through a game where 14 runs are scored without smoking cannot be easy for someone who is addicted to cigarettes. That being said, MLB has banned smoking in dugouts because it is a public relations nightmare. Washington will probably be hearing from the league.

H/T LBS reader Manny R.