Rangers make it of­fi­cial, name Wood­ward as new­est man­ager

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - Sports - BY WIL­LIAM WILK­ER­SON wwilk­er­son@star-tele­gram.com

The Texas Rangers of­fi­cially an­nounced Los An­ge­les Dodgers third base coach Chris Wood­ward as the club’s new man­ager on Satur­day.

The Star-Tele­gram’s Jeff Wil­son con­firmed the news late Fri­day night.

Wood­ward has signed a three-year con­tract plus a club op­tion for the 2022 sea­son to be­come the 19th full-time man- ager in fran­chise his­tory. He’ll be in­tro­duced at a press con­fer­ence on Mon­day morn­ing at Globe Life Park at 10 a.m.

“We are ex­cited to wel­come Chris Wood­ward and his fam­ily to the Texas Rangers,” said Rangers Pres­i­dent of Base­ball Op­er­a­tions and Gen­eral Man­ager Jon Daniels. “Chris brings high en­ergy, out­stand­ing lead­er­ship and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, a strong knowl­edge of the game and its evolv­ing strate­gies, and great in­tegrity — at­tributes that we feel are vi­tal for our next man­ager. We be­lieve these traits will res­onate with our play­ers, our staff, and our fans. He has also been a big part of a very suc­cess­ful stretch in Los An­ge­les.

“We in­ter­viewed a num­ber of strong can­di­dates dur­ing an

ex­ten­sive in­ter­view process for our man­age­rial role and be­lieve we have found the right fit in Chris Wood­ward. We look for­ward to work­ing with him and ev­ery­one on the base­ball staff to de­velop and grow a cul­ture that will lead to suc­cess for many years to come.”

The 42-year-old Wood­ward spent the last three sea­sons as third base and in­field coach on Dave Roberts’ staff with the Dodgers. Prior to join­ing LA, Wood­ward was the first base and in­field coach for the Seat­tle Mariners in 2014-15.

He be­gan his coach­ing ca­reer as Seat­tle’s mi­nor league in­field co­or­di­na­tor in 2013 and was pro­moted to the Ma­jor League staff late in that sea­son. He started 2014 as Seat­tle’s in­field coach be­fore as­sum­ing first base coach­ing du­ties early in the sea­son.

Wood­ward man­aged New Zealand in the 2017 World Base­ball Clas­sic qual­i­fi­ca­tion tour­na­ment in Aus­tralia in 2016 with a 1-2 record. He was a coach for the New Zealand squad in the 2013 WBC qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The for­mer in­fielder spent all or parts of 12 sea­sons in the Ma­jors with Toronto (1999-2004; 2011); New York Mets (2005-06); At­lanta (2007); Seat­tle (2009-10), and Bos­ton (2009), hit­ting .239 with 33 homers and 191 RBI in 659 games.

Wood­ward, who played every po­si­tion ex­cept pitcher and catcher in his pro ca­reer, was se­lected by Toronto in the 54th round of the 1994 MLB Draft.

Wood­ward was one of 10 con­firmed can­di­dates that in­ter­viewed for the va­cant po­si­tion, which was cre­ated on Sept. 21 when Jeff Banis­ter was fired. The Rangers fin­ished 67-95 this sea­son, which was last in the Amer­i­can League West.

The oth­ers to in­ter­view for the po­si­tion in­cluded: Min­nesota Twins bench coach Derek Shel­ton, Bos­ton Red Sox bench coach Ron Roenicke, new Twins man­ager Rocco Baldelli, new Cincin­natti Reds man­ager David Bell, for­mer New York Yan­kees man­ager Joe Gi­rardi, for­mer big-league third base­man Eric Chavez, Rangers in­terim man­ager Don Waka­matsu, Rangers ex­ec­u­tive/coach Jayce Tin­gler, Hous­ton Astros bench coach Joe Es­pada, Chicago Cubs bench coach Bran­don Hyde and Philadel­phia Phillies third­base coach Dusty Wathan.

This move comes days be­fore the an­nual gen­eral man­ager’s meet­ings Nov. 5-8 in Carls­bad, Calif.

RICK SCUTERI AP

Los An­ge­les Dodgers third base coach Chris Wood­ward be­comes the 19th full-time man­ager in Texas Rangers’ his­tory, six weeks af­ter the team fired Jeff Banis­ter.

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