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Rangers fire manager Chris Woodward

Field Level Media
16 Aug 2022, 04:40 GMT+10

The underachieving Texas Rangers fired manager Chris Woodward on Monday.

The Rangers are 51-63 and 23 games behind the division-leading Houston Astros in the American League West.

Woodward, 46, compiled a 211-287 (.424) record since taking the reins before the 2019 season.

The Rangers are on track to miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.

"In his tenure as Rangers' manager, Chris worked tirelessly under what was at times some difficult circumstances," Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said in a statement. "He has been dedicated and passionate in his efforts to improve the on-field performance of the Texas Rangers, and it is greatly appreciated. He has represented the organization with class and dignity.

"We have had extensive discussions over the last several weeks and while the team's current performance is certainly a big part of this decision, we are also looking at the future. As the Rangers continue to develop a winning culture and put the pieces together to compete for the postseason year in and year out, we felt a change in leadership was necessary at this time."

There was pressure on Woodward to "win now" this season. Texas opened the $1.1 billion Globe Life Field in 2020 and committed more than $500 million this offseason to free agents Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.

Third base coach Tony Beasley was named the interim manager with 48 games remaining.

Beasley, 55, joined the Rangers in November 2014 and is the longest-tenured member of the staff.

Texas opens a four-game series at home Monday night against the Oakland A's.

--Field Level Media

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