Ron Washington

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    September 9, 2014

    Who the Rangers Should Hire to Replace Ron Washington

    Unfair Park has no concrete information as to who the Rangers are going to hire to replace Ron Washington, who resigned abruptly Friday afternoon. If we had to guess, we'd say the club is likely to hire an internal candidate. Former Rangers third baseman Steve Buechele currently manages the team's T ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Ron Washington Just Quit the Rangers

    Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has resigned from the club to deal with an undisclosed personal matter, effective immediately. Bench coach Tim Bogar has been appointed interim manager for the rest of the season. The team has scheduled a press conference for 3:30 at which co-chairmen Ray Davis a ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Ron Washington Pinch Hit Leonys Martin Over Lance Berkman Yesterday, Just So You Know

    A few days after the Rangers sputtered into last off-season, running on fumes and whatever was left of Josh Hamilton's CRUNK!!! stash, manager Ron Washington said what many fans and pundits had already said: "Maybe I played them into the ground." Seven of his starters played 147 games or more last ... More >>

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    January 21, 2012

    Hope Springs Eternal as Yu Darvish Makes His Bow at the Ballpark in Arlington

    Late into the evening yesterday, the sun was sinking over Arlington, but it was still warm out -- 77 degrees, far more spring than winter, perfect first-pitch weather. And the Ballpark in Arlington was open too, of course, to introduce the score of the off-season: Yu Darvish, the 6-foot-5 would-be a ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    "Last Night Was a Bitch," Other Mothereffing Moments From Rangers' Pre-Game 7 Pep Talks

    For sports bootleg collectors, this is pure gold: six minutes of motivational cursing from the Texas Rangers' locker room in the moments before Game 7 World Series. Dozens of copies, all from Joe Sports Fan, landed in the Unfair Park in-box overnight, and for most the takeaway is skipper Ron Washing ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    This Week in "Dewey Defeats Truman," FOX4

    ​I didn't sleep a wink last night -- kept replaying over and over the myriad mistakes made by Ron Washington and the Texas Rangers last night, twice one strike away from Winning It All. They're recounted below, blow by painful blow; how Sam gets it up for tonight's Do-or-Die preview and open threa ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    The Unfair Park Auction: One and Only One of This Year's Very Rare Ron Washington T-Shirts

    ​Speaking of fashion statements printed on tees ...Last year, round this time, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington's face graced many an unlicensed T-shirt, most of which also featured his then-inescapable catchphrase. But for whatever reason -- the threat of cease-and-desists from the ball club ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Do The Wash: 12 Songs We're Pretty Sure Ron Washington Hears In His Head During Games

    World Series fever has pretty much taken over around these parts again. And for good reason: Having the hometown team participate in the Fall Classic in back to back years is somewhat of a rare treat -- especially for a team that, until recent years, had been as perennially bad as our own Texas Rang ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    Moneyball's Jonah Hill Is Looking Forward to Finally Meeting the Real Ron Washington

    ​What you see here, courtesy his Twitter account, is Jonah Hill throwing out the first pitch at yesterday's Chicago White Sox game at US Cellular Field. When we spoke a little while ago at his Uptown hotel, he insisted: The stands were empty because it was a day game, and because it was raining. " ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Going, Going ... Yawn. How to Fix Baseball's Broken All-Star Gala.

    ​Not appearing tonight at baseball's All-Star Game: Derek Jeter, Jose Reyes, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, C.C. Sabathia, David Price and Albert Pujols.Injuries can't be helped, but the mid-summer classic needs to be fixed. From last night's boring home run derby to tonight's exhibition, ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    If This Doesn't Get You Fired Up for Tonight's Game 5, Please Stay Home

    They've been showing this video at American Airlines Center during The NBA Finals and it's awesomely badass. Says Mavs' general manager Donnie Nelson, "I'm sitting in a suite and by the time that thing ends everybody in there is standing up and cheering and they've got that look in their eye. It's ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Was It Over When the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor, or: Local Sports Greats Urge on Mavs

    Cash Sirois just sent this local sports-star-studded pep talk, which played on the American Airlines Center's big-screen before the second quarter of Mavs-Heat Game 3. This proved much easier to watch than Mavs-Heat Game 3. Among those making an appearance: Troy Aikman, Mike Modano, Roger Staubach, ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Even Ron Washington is Making the Right Calls During Rangers' 9-1 Start

    ​The Rangers are 9-1, their best start in franchise history. They've outscored their opponents a ridiculous 60-26. They've beaten the aces of Boston (Jon Lester), Seattle (Felix Hernandez) and now Detroit (Justin Verlander). They're hitting homers, getting immaculate starting pitching and winn ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Rangers 26, Red Sox 11: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. That, my friends, was about as thorough a three-game sweep as you can produce. The Rangers out-scored Boston by 15 runs and slugged 11 homers. And that wasn't the Royals, remember -- it came against the team most experts predict will represent the AL in the 2011 World Series. 9. Mos ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    You've Got Questions, Ron Washington Has Answers

    ​Let's make this simple, shall we? Sat down with Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington yesterday here in Surprise and asked him what I thought were some pertinent questions. Allow me to paraphrase, in the spirit of keeping this short and sweet in the wake of last night's 3.5-hour, come-from- ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Texas Rangers Spring Training: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Pitchers and catchers report today. Means backyard pool parties and bikinis can't be far behind. 9. Whatever happens the first week of camp, it can't be more shocking than a year ago when manager Ron Washington announced that he had snorted cocaine the previous season. 8. Last year' ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Very Cool Move by Your Texas Rangers

    ​No, they didn't sign Josh Hamilton long-term or acquire Cliff Lee in a trade from the Phillies. But during last weekend's mid-winter banquet out at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine your Texas Rangers went out of their way to put a smile on the face of manager Ron Washington. During Hurricane K ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Stop it. Ron Washington Did Not Get Hosed.

    ​Texas Rangers' manager Ron Washington deserves credit. But not a trophy. I was neither surprised nor disappointed yesterday when Minnesota Twins' skipper Ron Gardenhire was named American League Manager of the Year. While he led his team to 94 wins and a division championship despi ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Tomorrow, a Rangers Rally. Better Late Than Never? Also: A Look at the Low, Low Ratings.

    ​On the other side are details for tomorrow's Rangers Rally, scheduled for 6 p.m. outside the Ballpark in Arlington. Long story short: Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan, Jon Daniels, Ron Washington and a few players will get together for an hour to remember the "magical" season that was. Because, see, t ... More >>

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    October 31, 2010

    The Circle Is Now Complete. Once, I Was But the Learner. Now I Am Ron Washington.

    Courtesy MLB Advanced Media​Just returned from a long night of trick-or-treating to find the Rangers down by two and this picture in my in-box, courtesy the friend of a friend who works for MLB Advanced Media in NYC. That, of course, is 7-year-old Liam Roybal of Keller with The Real Ron Washington ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Liam Roybal, Just Blame Gordon Keith

    ​Yesterday -- thanks to Gordon Keith, thanks to Midwest Sports Fans, thanks to Deadspin, geez -- we met Lil' Ron Washington, otherwise known as Liam Roybal of Keller, poor feller. Turns out, the 7-year-old had no intention whatsoever of going as the Rangers' skipper's Mini-Me for Halloween. He was ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    That's the Way Halloween Costumes Go

    ​At the very top of Deadspin at this very moment you'll find the photo of mini-Ron Washington at left, which began with a tweet from one Gordon Keith. I asked Gordon where he got it: "Someone sent it to me," he reports from San Francisco. And then Jerod at Midwest Sports Fans picked it up; then, D ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    That's the Way T-Shirts Go, Redux: The Other Great Ron Washington Fashion Statement

    ​Last week we bought a few of the fellas' Ron Washington tees. And, despite rumors and reports to the contrary, the Texas Rangers have not officially commissioned anyone to do a "That's the Way Baseball Go" tee. Says spokesman John Blake via e-mail, "This is actually an unlicensed pro ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    That's the Way T-Shirts Go, or: What to Wear to the Ballpark in Arlington Tomorrow Night

    Norm Hitzges models the latest Ron Washington fashion statement. Heh.​A Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention this late afternoon to -- can't believe someone didn't think of this sooner. In short, it's a tee-shirt company run by Ticket listeners who plan on turning those catchph ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Major League Baseball Players All Agree: Josh Hamilton Is the 2010 Player of the Year

    Sam Merten​This just in: Sporting News has named its 2010 Major League Player of the Year -- and it's a certain Anchorman-quoting center-fielder for Your Texas Rangers. And as SN is quick to point out, that's the consensus among 326 major leaguers -- this isn't no sportswriters' award, keep in min ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    No-Hitter = No Biggy

    ​I always TiVo the Texas Rangers. But last night when I got home my roommate already had the game on and when I got home I heard TV voice Josh Lewin exclaim:    "Hit record on your DVRs, you're about to witness history!" Whoa, I exclaimed back, the possibilities running through my m ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Liverpool FC, Like Your Texas Rangers, Will Also Be Auctioned Off. That Should Be Fun.

    Spirit of Shankly​Sam's back in a Fort Worth courtroom this morning, where Judge Michael Lynn's trying to decide just when to auction off Your Texas Rangers. Among those in attendance: Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan and, for whatever reason, Rangers GM Jon Daniels and skipper Ron Washington, who, fro ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    As Rangers Look to Add Another Game to Division Lead Tonight, a Reminder of the Architect of This Surprising Bunch

    Photos by Sam MertenAll-Stars Josh Hamilton and Elvis Andrus​As Richie mentions in this week's paper version of Unfair Park, the Texas Rangers could be headed toward their winningest season in franchise history, as they nabbed their 50th win of the season last night and increased their lead to ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Praising Josh Hamilton While Solving the Claw

    ​A nod to old Dallas wrestler Fritz Von Erich? A psychological ploy by hitting coach Clint Hurdle? Fallout from last year's swine flu? After seeing two more Texas Rangers smack extra-base hits last week and then make bizarre hand gestures -- Ian Kinsler did a wide-arm double claw and Josh Ham ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    Whitt's End: 6.25.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Don't understand why some folks around here can't stand Mark Cuban. And that includes you, Ross Perot Jr. In Thursday night's NBA Draft the Dallas Mavericks owner wrote a check for $3 million to m ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Why, Ron Washington? Why?!?!

    ​I like Ron Washington. Really do. It's just that I ... Hey, if this feels/sounds like deja vu all over again it's because it is. Bottom line: I honestly don't think the Texas Rangers' manager is good enough to go with his gut instincts. I'm a quirky, color-outside-the-lines guy, b ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Rangers 5, Blue Jays 4: My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. Nothing better than seeing Roger Staubach and Nolan Ryan interacting before the game. Kind of gives us hope that - Ron Washington and Tiger Woods be damned - there are great role models who don't, in fact, make mistakes. 9. Typical Scott Feldman, huh? Made a couple of mistakes, but for t ... More >>

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    April 4, 2010

    Everything Old is New Again in Arlington, On the Brink of a New Rangers Season

    Patrick MichelsMichael Young takes a few cuts before Friday night's exhibition.​For the first time since fall, the smell of hot dogs on the grills overtook the Ballpark in Arlington Friday afternoon, as the stadium came rumbled back to life for an evening exhibition against the Royals -- ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Welcome to the Day After March 31

    ​*Ron Washington's first and only experience with cocaine came at age 57? Of course I believe him. Why wouldn't I? *Okay, I admit it. I secretly, desperately wish I wrote for the Dallas Morning News and talked for 1310 AM The Ticket and admit that my jealously bleeds through into my sub- ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Whitt's End: 3.19.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Randy Galloway - who's forgotten more Rangers' baseball than I'll ever learn - says a disgruntled former employee blackmailed the organization and ultimately&nbs ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Ron Washington Apologizes, and We Talk to MLB About "Drugs of Abuse"

    Before posting anything about Sports Illustrated's breaking story about Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington's positive test for cocaine last July, I wanted to clarify one question: How often are managers tested for drug use? Because initially, the SI story didn't say, though now it's been updated t ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    The Texas Strangers

    Seriously, who are these guys? With generally the same cast of characters that has face-planted out of the gate the last two seasons, the Texas Rangers are off to a dream start. Granted 2-0 gets only a subtle nod in Boston or New York or Anaheim, but in Arlington it's cause to get Laura Miller ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Rangers Spring Training Grades

    Only 19 days until the Texas Rangers open the 2009 regular season at home against the Cleveland Indians. In other words, time for some mid-spring training grades. So far, so good I'd have to say. No major injuries. Josh Hamilton is pounding the ball. Michael Young is flawlessly fielding grounde ... More >>

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    October 7, 2008

    Obama v. McCain: Round 2

    I’m thinking about inviting over Michael Buffer and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco to help me score tonight’s Presidential Debate blow-by-blow fight style. But, from where I sit, not even erroneous scoring from the “Let’s Get Ready to Ruuuuummbllllllllllle!” guy and boxing’s most famous corner man c ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008

    Status Woe

    Insane Rangers again take similar path to identical destination

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    September 24, 2008

    Your 2008 Texas Rangers: Progress?

    He'll be back next year. Will you? I’m headed out to Arlington today to soak up some afternoon sun, take in the Rangers’ home finale and try – yet again – to decipher what went wrong with another baseball season. (Insert jealousy here.) News – courtesy the Fort Worth Star-Teleg ... More >>

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    June 30, 2008

    Human Rain Delay: Part Deux

    If this ball went foul, we'd be waiting another three minutes for a pitch. I see your Texas Rangers continued to hover around .500 in my absence. Which is a good, amazing, frustrating thing. Tonight they try (again) to get two games above .500 for the first time in the Ron Washington era. Wh ... More >>

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    May 13, 2008

    Ron Washington for Manager of the Year

    Owner Tom Hicks admits he almost asked for Ron Washington's jersey back There’s a contingency list for if and when the Texas Rangers’ season goes south. General manager Jon Daniels and president Nolan Ryan admit the team might revisit Ron Washington’s job status in July. And, as if the ma ... More >>

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    April 30, 2008

    To Hell with the Mavericks. How 'Bout them Chaparrals?

    If you're looking for the proper way to lament-ebrate today's firing of Dallas Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson -- who, yes, loses his gig whilst Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington keeps his, as so many of you have pointed out -- look no further than this eBay auction featuring an item from Dall ... More >>

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    April 14, 2008

    Monday Morning Meanderings

    Dallas Stars OK, sure, we believe, already. For now, anyway. After spending their first and only day over .500 in the Ron Washington Era, the Texas Rangers got swept at home by the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend. Even more humiliating, they found a pitcher worse than Chan Ho Park. Something to ... More >>

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    February 1, 2008

    You Could Use Some Baseball? Yeah, So Could You.

    Maybe we should just use this season to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this storied Rangers team. Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t Your Texas Rangers at least be faking like they give a damn about the upcoming season? Using last year’s “You Could Use Some Baseball” slogan again this ye ... More >>

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    August 31, 2007
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    February 1, 2007

    Sounds Like Richie Could Use Some Baseball

    Ron Washington has us all very excited about the Rangers this season. Which means, of course, they'll still suck. But we'll be excited about it. You'll have to wait until 6 tonight on TNT to find out if Josh Howard joins Dirk Nowitzki as an NBA All-Star. And you'll have to wait until next week to le ... More >>

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    November 6, 2006

    Washington Monument

    Ron Washington is the new manager of Your Texas Rangers. He'll be introduced during a press conference today. Well, not yet. For now, it's simply Washington, manager. Before we roast the Cowboys for all they do wrong, let's take a minute to congratulate--surprise!--Your Texas Rangers. Instead of ha ... More >>

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