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Rangers seek momentum, new manager to struggle again in 23

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Rangers are more than a decade away from their lone World Series appearances and mired in the longest streak of consecutive losing seasons in the franchise’s half-century in Texas.

They are again looking for a new director.

Less than nine months after a record-breaking off-season spending spree of more than half a billion dollars, Rangers fired Chris Woodward with the first manager at the end of his fourth season in what had become a protracted rebuilding process. . They will have a losing record for the sixth straight year unless they win at least 29 of their last 46 games – and to finish above .500 would require one more win than that.

What Rangers really hope to do over the past seven weeks is build momentum through 2023, which according to chief executive Chris Young is still when they expect to be a team again. eliminatory caliber.

“We want to continue building a competitive, energetic team that takes to the court night after night, ready to win,” Young said. “And I think we want to see an improvement in our fundamentals, just the basic fundamentals. It’s something that we haven’t executed to the level that we need to be a champion team.

Texas will have more eyes on youngsters like fast outfielders Leody Taveras and Bubba Thompson, and infielders Josh Smith and Ezequiel Duran, and left-handed starter Cole Ragans, all of whom are already in the big leagues.

The front office will begin to assess potential leadership candidates. The next full-time manager will be the fourth for Texas since Jon Daniels, now president of baseball operations, became the team’s general manager in October 2005.

Rangers won the American League championships in 2010 and 2011 under Ron Washington, the first manager Daniels hired after Buck Showalter was fired at the end of the 2006 season. Washington resigned at the end of the season 2014 for personal reasons.

Jeff Banister won the AL West titles the next two seasons, but disappeared less than two years after that. The Rangers then hired Woodward, who had just won back-to-back National League championship seasons as third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“I take a lot of responsibility for our performance over the past six years, and we haven’t been good enough,” Daniels said. “But at the end of the day, it’s a team effort. … When we were good, it wasn’t about me. It has always been a team effort. We have a long way to go. We have a lot of good people here. As for my personal responsibility or situation, that’s something we’ll get to later.

Daniels didn’t elaborate on what he meant about his situation. He served as team president and general manager from 2013 until December 2020, when the former big league pitcher and MLB executive Young was named general manager.

Young said the management search would be “a full partnership” even beyond him and Daniels, to include ownership and the entire front office.

“Certainly we will be on the same page in terms of who we choose to manage the team going forward,” Young said.

The Rangers are clearly better than they were last season, when they lost 102 games before adding All-Star shortstop Corey Seager ($325 million, 10), the Gold Glove second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years) and starting pitcher Jon Gray ($56 million, four years).

While those big-money signings last December didn’t immediately change the team’s timeline to be a playoff contender, at least more positive progress was expected this season.

Woodward was fired on Monday, marking two years since Rangers last had a winning record. They were 10-9 a third into the 2020 season which was delayed and shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, then lost eight straight.

Interim manager Tony Beasley, a third baseman coach since 2015 and the longest-serving member of the coaching staff, will be considered for the full-time position. Young said the team’s win-loss record for the rest of the season wouldn’t necessarily reflect the level Beasley is a contender for.

Rangers shared their first two games under Beasley, who had never previously managed a major league game but previously served as minor league manager for eight seasons in other organizations. Washington (now third base coach for defending World Series champion Atlanta) and Banister (now bench coach Arizona) were the first MLB managers in Texas, as was Woodward.

“We didn’t expect the worst to be first this season,” Young said. “Culture is built and Woody has had an impact on that culture, a very positive impact in many ways. It’s about moving forward, figuring out what’s next and building that culture. And we feel that the time has come.

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