As our friends at Dallas Sports Fans wrote about earlier this afternoon, word broke today that Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine during the 2009 MLB season. (The original report on Washington’s positive cocaine test came from Jon Heyman on SI.com.)
Surprisingly, the Rangers kept Washington on as manager last year despite the positive test, although you have to think that he will be on a very short leash this season.
The team’s expectations for 2010, combined with Washington’s now sullied reputation, basically makes this a playoffs-or-bust season for Washington.
It was obviously a dumb move by Washington, made all the more ironic and egregious by the fact that Washington is supposed to be a leader and mentor for noted former drug abuser Josh Hamilton.
Beyond that, I don’t really have a lot to add to this story…but I did waste ten minutes playing with Google Image Search and Photoshop to create this:
The situation called for such an interpretation via photo manipulation, so there it is.
My prediction: I give Ron Washington two months before he is out.
I think the loss of Kevin Millwood will hurt the Rangers, who now have to rely on a lot of young and unproven pitchers. Plus, Josh Hamilton continues to be hampered by injuries and they need his bat in the middle of his lineup mashing like he did in 2008. And now, of course, they have to deal with this distraction. Add in the fact that they now have new management, and it all adds up to a very, very tenuous situation for the manager.
Hope the “one time” blow use was worth it Ron.