The Texas Rangers fired manager Chris Woodward on Monday, with the team on pace for its sixth consecutive losing season and fourth since he took over the team.
The move came two days before Woodward would have managed his 500th game with the Rangers. He finished with a 211-287 record in his first managerial job.
Woodward was under contract through next season, and the team held an option for the 2024 season.
Third base coach Tony Beasley was named the team’s interim manager, starting with Monday night’s game against the Oakland A’s.
Texas also announced on Wednesday morning that president of baseball pperations Jon Daniels has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately. Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Young will oversee all aspects of the Rangers’ baseball operations department moving forward. Daniels had been part of the franchise in some capacity since 2005, when he was named general manager.
Texas is 52-64 and hasn’t had a winning record at any point this season. That’s even after a record offseason spending spree that added a half-billion dollar infield — All-Star shortstop Corey Seager to a $325 million, 10-year contract, and Gold Glove second baseman Marcus Semien to a $175, seven-year deal.
The Rangers peaked at 24-24 at the end of May, but then lost their next three games and five of six.
Associated Press contributed to this report.
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