Inner Scarface of Rangers Manager Ron Washington Revealed

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.

Or not.

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:

ron-washington-cocaine

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.



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Comments

  1. Forgot to color in his hands lol

  2. Haha…didn't forget. Thought it was funnier that way.

  3. AJ Kaufman says:

    You think a slow start, esp after the success last season, and he's out? If it's about the drug issue, they might as well fire him now. I was anti-Washington until last year, but now think he's earned a few more years. On field is different than off field, so fire him now or let him have his job security. Does that make sense?

    • I think they've put themselves in a really tough spot. Personally, if the judgment of Ryan and Daniels is that they can trust him and he should be the manager, then he should be. But if they struggle early, with or without the drug issue, the people here in Dallas would start grumbling. It just is what it is. Yes the Rangers have improved, but Washington still has no managerial skins on the wall in the form of playoff berths to insulate him from knee jerk scrutiny. Throw in this episode and he loses any benefit of the doubt. So it's easy to say now that his job is secure, but at 10-20 how secure will he be? We'll have to see how it plays out, but I don't think new management is going to want to see attendance slipping because of a poorly performing team and a fanbase that turns against its manager. If they're playing .500 ball, I think he's okay, but if they start slow…as they often do…it's going to be hellish for him here in Big D.

  4. Classic picture. This is how I will envision Ron Washington from now on.

  5. Classic picture. This is how I will envision Ron Washington from now on.

  6. Good picture! I'm laughing my tail off! Rekon maybe we can keep him now?

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