Chris Woodward fired by Rangers despite enthusiastically doing everything he was told to do
(AP photo/Gail Burton)
ARLINGTON — The 2019 Rangers weren’t a bad ballclub.
They had three All-Stars and two pitchers in the top eight of American League Cy Young voting, and were eight games over .500 two games after the All-Star break in the season after Adrian Beltre retired.
Then, two of the All-Stars were lost for the season and the team stopped scoring runs. At 78-84, that was the best record manager Chris Woodward would post.
Woodward was fired Monday amid what very likely will be a sixth consecutive losing season, the last three according to the plan set forth in 2020 by president of baseball operations Jon Daniels, approved by ownership, and embraced that offseason by general manager Chris Young.
Woodward willingly took on every loss, every overmatched rookie, every outclassed waiver claim, and every experiment the front office put on the roster, and showed up every day to take his beating but with an energy that players noticed.